BASIL RAMSEY encounters Jesús Villa-Rojo,
a composer from Spain
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A Passacaglia y Cante for orchestra and tape is a journey attempting
to move away from a material sense and yet becoming increasingly disturbed.
The manner in which this is done musically eschews any single influence,
building tension from the control and repetition of simple gestures in its
own world of musical balance and counterbalance.
Texts from the exceptional Andalusian poet Lorca so overwhelmed Villa-Rojo
that a song cycle of extraordinary beauty for mezzo and orchestra was completed
in 1986. The composer speaks of the 'musicality' of Lorca's poetry to which
he responds spontaneously [listen - track 5, 02:40
The remaining work is Septeto, and its underlying purpose to relate
several traditions and augment them with new material. Trumpet and trombone
are amongst the seven instruments, often forceful and jazzy, giving a knife
edge of sound contrasting with woodwind. The middle section has slow, almost
somnolent notes creating a strange yet magical texture [listen
- track 9, 03:56 - 04:50]. In some ways this septet gives the most complete
picture of Villa-Rojo on this CD. I am now keenly aware of another composer
whose ideas and music generate a world of their own.
Copyright © 11 June 2000 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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