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PALOMO: Cantos del alma / Sinfonia a Granada

Composer(s):Palomo, Lorenzo
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570420
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99


Lorenzo Palomo is one of the most successful contemporary Spanish composers. His Cantos del alma (Songs of the Soul) are settings of four poems by Juan Ramón Jiménez, "a composition in which voice, clarinet and orchestra... establish a poetic dialogue, both intimate and idyllic". Palomo's Sinfonia a Granada (Granada Symphony) was written in response to a commission from the area's regional government. The composer himself has written, "I have been faithful to the most authentic Andalusian music, introducing a number of Arabic and Hebraic melismas as well as cadences characteristics of flamenco".


Review By David Denton,Naxos,April 2008

Lorenzo Palomo continues, more or less, where Rodrigo left off, a few modern devises added to bring a new slant on music that has its roots deep in the local folk idioms. He colours his music with a keen awareness of orchestration, the interesting melodic material spiced with unusual rhythmic content. Both works on this excellently performed disc are scored for soprano and orchestra, the first one including a solo clarinet part inspired by Schubert’s The Shepherd on the rock, which, by a strange coincidence I am also reviewing this month. The Cantos del alma (Songs of the Soul) are art songs to poems by Juan Ramon Jimenez, the subject being love and the journey of souls. The Sinfonia a Grenada—also scored for soprano with the addition



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