Marcello Fantoni decided to investigate the chamber output of Tomás Marco, and thanks to the collaboration of the same composer his desire was amply satisfied. He discovered so many works written for the most diverse ensembles, not yet known to the public at large, not yet recorded (as is the case of the present ones) and also seldom - if at all - performed (like the wonderful Tapices y Disparates) that what was just an idea became a project that could not be delayed. To record some of his chamber works was indeed a natural consequence, all the more so as he had already recorded, for Dynamic, a first album of Marco’s works, (CDS708) containing some of his most important 1990s pieces for solo guitar (22 Tarots, Sonata de Fuego e Presto Mormorando). All the works presented here belong to the same creative period as those solo pieces. Some take their inspiration from the pictorial masterpieces of Francisco Goya (Tapices y Disparates e La Nuit de Bordeaux), and others from the poems of Garcia Lorca or from works the composer had previously written for different instruments.
All works make free - one could even say willingly simple and elementary - use of the tonal language and of its elements, in which Marco inserts elements of improvisation (often chromatic), as well as polytonal and atonal ones. There is frequent use of what one could define as harmonic and/or melodic stratifications, obtained through layers of diatonic chords or by fourths, or even through the canonic development of simple melodies, sometimes semitonal or pentatonic.
The overall effect is that of a modal, somewhat traditional style, which is however highly imaginative and evocative.
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Detlev Bork - Ensemble magazine - December 2013/Janaury 2014