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RUEDA, J.: Sinfonia No. 3, "Luz" / Imaginary Journey (Asturias Symphony, Valdes)

Composer(s):Rueda, Jesus
Artist(s) Valdes, Maximiano, Conductor • Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572417
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This recording presents the definitive version of Jesús Rueda’s Third Symphony, a journey towards the light in which the composer revels in the dazzling textures filled with colour and dynamism that he loves. Traversing the four elements, Fire, Water, Earth and Air, the symphony culminates in an intense musical flood of light before subsiding into a mystical abyss. Viaje imaginario embarks on a very different imaginary journey, inspired by the composer’s nighttime walks and dedicated to the memory of his much-loved teacher Francisco Guerrero.


Review By David Rodríguez Cerdán,Scherzo,May 2011


Review By Allen Gimbel,American Record Guide,November 2010

I reviewed a Col Legno disc of chamber music by Spaniard Jesus Rueda (b. 1961) in September/October 2006; Naxos doesn’t supply much background information on the composer in their booklet, and there isn’t much on the net. We are told he studied with Francisco Guerrero, to whom the final piece on this program is dedicated. The Col Legno release (20208) tells us he studied with Luigi Nono in the 80s, but has since rejected old-fashioned Euro-avant-gardism and has been moving to an extremely dense postmodernist harmonic language that includes a dose of tonal and classical remembrance, but in a relentless, breathless expressive style.



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