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RODRIGO: Songs and Madrigals (Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 10)

Composer(s):Rodrigo, Joaquin
Artist(s) Valdes, Maximiano, Conductor • Asturias Symphony OrchestraLojendio, Raquel, soprano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.555845
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Joaquín Rodrigo wrote more than two hundred compositions, creating a prolific variety of orchestral pieces, songs and instrumental music. Less well known, however, are various works for soprano and orchestra. This recording presents some of the finest examples of Rodrigo’ s songs, illustrating the wide range of Spanish poetry he set to music. The composer considered Cántico de la esposa (Song of the Bride) as his best vocal work. Here the melodic line recalls the glories of the Golden Age of 16th century Spanish song, while the imaginative orchestration locates the work specifically in the 20th century. Tríptic de Mossèn Cinto (Triptych of Mossèn Cinto) displays many of Rodrigo’s musical characteristics, including



Review By David Denton,Naxos,November 2007

Among Joaquin Rodrigo’s considerable output the songs for soprano and orchestra are little known, the earliest coming from those dreadful days when the blind Spanish composer and his wife were having to seek charity from friends and institutions in order that he could continue composing. A Spanish version of Joseph Canteloube’s popular Chants d’Auvergne would be a guide to the content, a folksy element in the vocal line dressed in the most attractive orchestral garb. Once established in the 1940’s Rodrigo changed his style little over the following years, as is well shown by comparing Cantos de amor y de guerra from 1968 with the short song, Cantico de la esposa, composed thirty-four years earlier. Often the words are of love, but



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