Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez has become extremely popular and is in fact one of the most popular classical compositions of all time. Written in 1939, this three-movement work secured Rodrigo;s position as the leading Spanish composer of the day.
The courtly Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman) is a brilliant example of Rodrigo’s exploration of Spanish music of the seventeenth century: this charming suite is based on dance pieces by the Spanish guitarist and composer Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710), author of an important treatise on the guitar.
According to Pepe Romero, the soloist who premiered the work in 1983, Concierto oara una fiesta (1981) ’set a new standard of technique for the guitar’. It is a brilliant showpiece for the guitar, full of fiendishly difficult writing, and a work guaranteed to bring the house down.
"I expected a high standard from this offering and was not disappointed; soloist and orchestra have together created a Rodrigo disc to be proud of... a delightful CD to recommend without reservation."
Chris Kilvington - Classical Guitar - August 1998
Performance ***** Recording ******
"...Superb performance by soloist and orchestra."
Yorkshire Post - February 1998
"... an all-round excellent package to enjoy."
Robert Beale - Manchester Evening News - 10 April 1998
"Craig Ogden adopts softer colours and a smoother tone… The result is one of the most winning performances I have encountered… utterly magical."
Jeremy Nichols - Classic CD - June 1998