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  • Conductor: Juan José Mena
  • Composer: Jesús Guridi
  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ2W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 10 Melodias vascas: NarrativaJuan Jose Mena 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 10 Melodias vascas: AmorosaJuan Jose Mena 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 10 Melodias vascas: ReligiosaJuan Jose Mena 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 10 Melodias vascas: EpitalamicaJuan Jose Mena 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 10 Melodias vascas: De rondaJuan Jose Mena 1:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 10 Melodias vascas: AmorosaJuan Jose Mena 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 10 Melodias vascas: De rondaJuan Jose Mena 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 10 Melodias vascas: DanzaJuan Jose Mena 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 10 Melodias vascas: ElegiacaJuan Jose Mena 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 10 Melodias vascas: FestivaJuan Jose Mena 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Asi cantan los chicos: Molto moderato - Andante con moto - Allegro giustoJuan Jose Mena13:38Album Only
Listen12. Una aventura de Don Quijote: Poema sinfonicoJuan Jose Mena11:13Album Only
Listen13. En un barco fenicio: En un barco fenicio (In a Phoenician Vessel)Juan Jose Mena14:33Album Only
Listen14. Canta el gallo tempranero: Andante ma non troppo lentoIsabel Alvarez 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 

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NAX 8557110; NAXOS - Germania; Classica Orchestrale

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Yorke on 21 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I caught a piece by Guridi (of whom to be honest I'd never heard) on BBC Radio 3 one afternoon and liked it. Guridi being a Basque composer, and having friends who live in the Basque region of France, I decided to buy them a copy. They also were very taken with the music on this CD.
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A DELIGHT 16 Oct. 2003
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD on my 'to be reviewed' pile for several months but I kepy pulling it out and listening to it simply for pleasure, with no thought of reviewing it. I even put it on one of my Listmania lists without having reviewed it. But the time has come to buckle down and write of my delight in this disc.
I had never heard of Jesús Guridi (1886-1961) before this CD came my way. He was a Basque from Bilbao. His only even slightly known teacher was the Belgian, Joseph Jongen. This disc features pieces of different genres: a suite of Basque melodies, a cantata for children's voices, two orchestral tone poems, and an orchestral song for soprano.
'Diez melodías vascas' ('Ten Basque Melodies') is a 22-minute orchestral suite of Basque folk-melodies dressed in orchestrations reminiscent of those of, say, Falla, Albéniz or Granados; that is, in Spanish-inflected French impressionism. Each has its own style--amorosa, religiosa, epitalámica (a wedding song), elegiaca, etc. I particularly like No. 7, 'De ronda,' a courtly neo-baroque dance.
'Así cantan los chicos' ('Thus sing the boys') is an utterly charming 13-minute, three-section work in which children's chorus sings lightheartedly at play, then mourns the death of one of their playmates whose little coffin passes by, and then an innocent return to unrestrained play again. I defy anyone listening to this charmer without being caught up in both the joy and the momentary sadness. I have played it literally a dozen times and even tried to learn the Spanish words so I can sing along: 'Con llantos nadie quiera turbar nuestro placer, que no haya caras tristes, no las queremos ver' ('No one wants to spoil our fun with tears, no sad faces, we don't want to see them').
'Una aventura de Don Quijote' ('An Adventure of Don Quixote') and 'En un barco fenicio' ('In a Phoenician Barque') are two of several programmatic tone poems Guridi wrote. Both come from Spanish sources: 'Quixote', of course, comes from Cervantes' picaresque novel, and 'Phoenician Barque' tells the story of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus and Penelope, which echoes a similar tale in Basque folklore. Each is brilliantly orchestrated, with solemn ancient-sounding modal moments as well as energetic (and in the case of 'Quixote,' comic) incidents.
Finally, there is the three-minute 'Canta el gallo tempranero' ('The early-crowing rooster'), a drowsy 'albado' ('dawn-song') sung limpidly by soprano Isabel Álvarez. Think of the style of Canteloube's 'Songs of the Auvergne' and you'll have an idea of its sound-world.
All the idiomatic performances are by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Juan José Mena, the orchestra's music director and himself a fellow Basque.
I will admit that I am a pushover for Spanish folk music and the art-music inspired by it. Perhaps my level of delight is affected by that. But if, like me, you revel in the charm of Spanish melodic and rhythmic contours, you'll like this CD. You have my word!
Scott Morrison
Great Lost Treasure! 12 Jun. 2014
By sweetviolets - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Guridi is a lesser known composer. I would not have known about him if it had not been for the symphony in which I perform playing the 10 Basque Melodies. They are based on actual melodies from that area of Spain, and they have a Spanish feel to them mixed with Guridi's own interpretations. It's very well written music, and enjoyable to play or listen to! There are intimate moments in some movements between the principal string players, and comical sections in others. One movement takes you back to the Late Renaissance. It's just enjoyable music. The songs that are included are interesting tunes and very well done. I highly recommend this as a great addition to anyone's library!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A revelation 26 Jun. 2010
By Christopher J. Gierlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
10 Basque Melodies by Guridi is a revelation. Soaring tone poems and masterfully crafted orchestration make these pieces, particularly "En un barco fenicio: En un barco fenicio (In a Phoenician Vessel)" something I replay again and again, losing myself in powerful visions. The pieces are very cinematic and no doubt have been used in film, but I cannot for the life of me remember which.

Well recommended to anyone.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's a so-so recording 26 Feb. 2013
By Leonardbloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had trouble with the sound quality of the disc. Moreover, while Guridi's music is very Basque in the sense of its familiar melodies, if you played his music to a stranger and did not identify the composer, the person might have said it was the work of so many European composers whose works, in part, resemble each other. I would have added the Basque national anthem "Gernikako arbola," "Boga-Boga," and other important songs for voice and orchestra on this disc.
7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Euskera no Castellano 16 Jun. 2004
By Leonard Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviewer wrote a commendable review of the music contained on this disc. However, try not to write "Spanish melodies" into the context of the review. The music is purely in the vein of the Basque tongue and not "Castellano" or the major Spanish dialect of Spain, both of which are linguistically and historically unrelated.
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