As one of the few early twentieth century Spanish composers with ample
technique to effectively apply his natural creativity, Joaquin Turina left
works capturing the underlying charisma of a Latin race. Herein is buoyancy,
a moodiness, the sudden eruption of joix de vivre, and a bitter-sweetness
where the two extremes are in a delicate and delicious balance.
In the Sinfonia Sevillana of 1920, [listen
- track 1, 07:02-07:44] Turina encapsulates a three-movement structure
unified by a predominant motif, with a different backcloth to each movement.
[listen - track 2, 04:00-04:59] Scoring is exquisite,
and well-defined in this recording, so that the effect is a delight to the
ear, which one would therefore expect to have realised the composer's intention.
[listen - track 3, 00:26-01:14]
The later Ritmos, a dance-fantasy for 'La Argentina', was first
heard under the composer's direction in 1928. It represents a journey from
darkness to light. In the years since the Sinfonia, a maturity was realised
that provides a greater strength to all elements and their bonding. [listen - track 8, 06:12-07:09]
A question mark I've left to the end. Evangelio from 1915 is rather
non-descript. Pleasant but with no feeling of urgency, it may be disregarded
without damaging Turina's contribution to music.
I feel that this CD could prove addictive.
Copyright © 19 January 2000 by Basil
Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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