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CHAN 10819

Turina: Canto a Sevilla etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2014

Originally recorded in 2013


BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena

Martin Roscoe


Maria Espada



MediaCity UK, Salford


Brian Pidgeon

Mike George

Brian Couzens



Stephen Rinker

Chris Hardman

(Assistant: La Processión du Rocio and Danzas gitanas)

Tom Parnell

(Assistant: Rapsodica Sinfónica and Canto a Sevilla)

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos

Vocal & Song

Total Time - 67:25
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La procesion del Rocio, Op. 9

1 1 Triana en fiesta. Allegro vivo - Cédez - Tempo I - Poco meno - 3:09
2 II La procesión. Allegretto mosso - Andante con moto - Allegretto mosso - 5:00

Rapsodia sinfonica, Op. 66

  For Piano solo and Strings  
  Andante - Allegro vivo - Un poco menos vivo - Allegro vivo -  
 Martin Roscoe piano

Danzas gitanas, Op. 55

4 I Zambra. Adagio vivo - Allegretto quasi Andantino - Allegro 3:43
5 II Danza de seducción. Allegro moderato - Poco meno - 3:18
  Tempo I, Allegro moderato  
6 III Danza ritual. Andante - Più lento 3:18
7 IV Generalife. Molto vivo 1:45
8 V Sacromonte. Allegro moderato - Più vivo - Cediendo 1:26

Canto a Sevilla, Op. 37

9 I Preludio. Andante vivo - Allegretto molto moderato - 4:47
  Tempo I - Vivo  
10 II Semana Santa. Allegretto - Lento - Marcha lenta - Tempo I 8:35
11 III Las fuentecitas del Parque. Andantino - Tempo I - 4:31
  Lento - Andantino - Tempo I - Tranquillo  
12 IV Noche de Feria. Vivo - Allegretto - Vivo - Poco più 6:54
  tranquillo - Andantino - Andante - Vivo -  
13 V El Fantasma. Lento - Allegretto molto moderato - Lento - 3:34
  Andantino - Tempo I  
14 VI La Giralda. Molto moderato - Tempo I - Un poco más lento - 3:14
  Más vivo - Lentamente - Allegro  
15 VII Ofrenda. Lento - Andante - Andantino mosso - Allegretto - 5:22
  Poco meno - Allegretto - Alegro moderato - Vivo - Andante  
  TT 68:33      
 Maria Espada soprano
 Juanjo Mena
  22 January 2013 La Processión du Rocio and Danzas gitanas, 24 September 2013 Canto a Sevilla, 26 September 2013 Rapsodica Sinfónica  

This is the latest album in the ongoing series of Spanish orchestral music with the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, and Mena’s second featuring the works by Joaquín Turina, one of the leading Spanish composers of his generation.

The works recorded here are filled with the inspiration which Turina found in his native Andalusia and particularly the city of Seville. La procesión del Rocío, his first orchestral work, was inspired by memories of a procession held in the gypsy quarter of Seville and is filled with lively dance rhythms. Canto a Sevilla, a song cycle with orchestra, is a heartfelt tribute to Seville and its culture, taking on themes such as the vibrant Easter Procession, Seville’s beautiful ornamental fountains, and even a ghost that haunts the streets at night. Danzas gitanas, a collection of Andalusian gypsy dances, introduces a nocturnal atmosphere into a style normally characterised by bright orchestral colours and extravagant rhythmic intricacies. The Rapsodia sinfónica, one of his last works, represents a more mature, reflective composer. The use of piano and string orchestra limits the available palette of colours, Turina instead deciding to focus on the intimate relationship between the ensemble and soloist, a role here filled by Martin Roscoe.

 “... The BBC Philharmonic plays with verve, brilliant colors, and splendid commitment for conductor Mena, who seems to know how to dig deeply enough into the music to express it with conviction but not push it beyond its limits. This is not the most profound music, but it is marvellously crafted, superbly orchestrated, and brilliantly executed here...”

 Lawrence Hansen – American Record Guide – November/December 2015

                            *** (Good Disc)                    **** (Excellent Sound)

Pierre Doridot – Classica magazine (France) – April 2015


 “…Recorded in such vivid, naturalistic sound, Canto a Seville provides the perfect introduction to the mature compositions of Turina.”

Brett Allen-Bayes – – 27 February 2015 

“… the new Chandos is urgently recommended … This is joyous, evocative music that everyone should have in his or her collection.”   Phillip Scott   

“… These thoroughly sympathetic performances are well played, energetic, and colourful; they benefit from Chandos’s lush recorded sound.”   James H North

Fanfare – November/December 2014   

                      Performance ****          Recording ****

George Hall – BBC Music magazine – November 2014 

 "... María Espada adds a  luminous glow to this homage to Seville in all its mystery and magic, exuberance and eerie phantasms."

Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone magazine - August 2014

 "...For Chandos, the piece [Espada] hugely benefits not only having a Spanish conductor wholly in tune with Turina’s language (which is by no means all splashy Picasso-esque colour) but an orchestra brimming with top-class instrumentalists, fully on top of the many solos they are allocated, not just in the Canto but throughout the disc. I would hazard a guess on present evidence that the oboe was Turina’s favourite orchestral instrument: the oboe solos here are meltingly beautiful everywhere... Excellent recorded sound from Manchester and an informatve booklet note from Gerald Larner also contribute to the hope that Chandos wll continue to mine what is proving to be a very fruitful musical vein."

Piers Burton - International Record Review - July/August 2014

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