This is one of the most celebrated recordings of the "Concierto de Aranjuez", and it is not difficult to see why. The work is so well-known, it is perhaps in danger of being taken for granted, but this performance oozes that magic word: style. Narciso Ypes has complete control over the music's progression, and he produces a performance that is at once gentle, languid, carefully phrased and indeed considerably theatrical,(but never over-the-top in this respect). The opening movement grows carefully and un-hurridly, as does the finale. However, Narciso Ypes' finest moment must surely be the cadenza-like passage in the famous central movement where his playing reaches almost frenzied proportions, to be followed by a full-bloodied re-statement of the movement's main theme. That is mastery.
The accompanying piece: "Fantasia Para un gentilhombre" is likewise professionally done; the first movement has warmth and the long second movement is quite incredible, from its opening fanfare to the lazy, sun-drenched reprise of the opening theme. The torch dance and the exhilarating finale (a faster variation of the main theme of the entire work) are expertly done; you will love the concise and totally logical ending where they all stop playing and (probably) go to the nearest tavern for a drink and some tapas.
The Orchestra throughout both works is worthy of Ypes: along with the recording, it is clear with every detail present, and never does it impose itself on, or try to compete with, the soloist.
I have been to Spain, but not to Aranjuez: this recording makes me want to go on the next flight. To me, it has to be the real Spain, not the tourist spots. Buy it, enjoy it (which you surely cannot fail to) and then go to Aranjuez!