'His music even exceeds the brilliance of the man,
travelling a path through an intense musical atmosphere
interacting so bounteously with his creativity.'
BASIL RAMSEY encounters Jesús Villa-Rojo,
a composer from Spain
Jesús Villa-Rojo has much less of a profile outside Spain than
he deserves. He appears to compose as one with an iron discipline, releasing
his music only after it satisfies his own meticulous standards. Should we
react to that with a toss of the head and declare that such standards are
common to all composers, our musical education has yet to be completed.
Jesús Villa-Rojo was born in 1940. His studies were continued in
Italy, and a later string of international awards gave an inkling of his
worth. He holds various posts which proclaim his quality and the breadth
of his musical interests.
His music even exceeds the brilliance of the man, travelling
a path through an intense musical atmosphere interacting so bounteously
with his creativity. This CD is a vital key, otherwise Villa-Rojo remains
but a name amongst so many.
Four works are provided, but two are not dated in the notes, making his
progression less clear. Concierto 2 for cello and orchestra is possibly
the earliest with completion in 1983. A characteristic of Villa-Rojo's musical
personality is well illustrated by its opening track. No dazzling parade
of orchestral colour, an almost plain score, but the timing of events precise
and the cello slowly wakening from sleep [listen -
track 2, 03:23 - 04:22].
Copyright © 11 June 2000 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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