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5.0 out of 5 stars Masó is a wonderful exponent of Turina's music, 5 Feb 2013
This review is from: Turina: Jardins D'Andalousie (Piano Works) (Naxos: 8.572682) (Audio CD)
If you look at the recordings of Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) that are available you will see that they are dominated by small scale works, that is music for chamber groups and especially, piano. So why in the world of Spanish piano music is he less well known than the likes of Albeniz and Granados is difficult to understand, especially when the music is attractive as that presented here.
All the music presented here is tuneful and melodious, the disc opens with his Jardins d'Amdalouise, which takes the form of a short introduction and tree more substantial pieces. The work dates from 1924 and presents music inspired by his home state of Andalusia, as do all the four works on the disc, this is music full of the warmth of Spain, music which could easily be mistaken for that of his compatriots Albeniz and Granados.
The same could be said of the rest of the music on the disc, the Le Quartier de Santa Cruz (Variations rythmiques) which is Turina's longest single span piano work, takes the form of a theme and seven variations all played without a break. Again it is music filled with the Spanish spirit reflecting life in and around the streets of Santa Cruz. This is followed by three movements from Las musas de Andalucia this work dates from 1942 and is a series of short pieces composed for differing chamber ensembles, voice and piano, or as in the case of these three pieces, solo piano. There is a very fine recording made by Maria Bayo (soprano), Ricardo Reguejo (piano) and the Sine Nomine Quartet on the Claves label, and there is very little to choose between the piano playing on these two recordings.
The final work on the disc, En el cortijo (Impresiones andaluzas), had a troubled birth, it was begun in April 1936, only to be abandoned in the June at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Turina gave up all compositional activity during the period of the war, and not taken up again until June 1939, a couple of months after the end of the war. It was completed in January 1940, although the completed work had many revisions to that begun before the war, and was finally released for publication in the February of 1942. Despite its troubled conception, it shows no allusion to the conflict but is again filled with the rhythms of Andalusia, with the final piece depicting the famous Andalusian horses galloping across the plains.
This music is a joy and should be known by a wider audience, hopefully with recordings like this it will reach the popularity it deserves. Jordi Masó is a wonderful exponent of Turina's music, as has been shown by the previous discs in this series, and I look forward to more from him. Highly recommended!
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