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CHAPI, R.: Symphony in D minor / Fantasia morisca (Madrid Community Orchestra, Encinar)

Composer(s):Chapi, Ruperto
Artist(s) Encinar, Jose Ramon, Conductor • Madrid Community Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572195
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Ruperto Chapí composed theatrical and chamber music, opera and symphonic pieces, including the two early works on this disc. Originally composed in 1873 as a suite for military band, Fantasía morisca was revised six years later for full orchestra and is notable for the nobility, elegance and poetic character of its four contrasting movements. While this work shows the influence of Bizet, Saint-Saëns and Massenet, the Symphony in D minor draws instead on Classical Viennese models, yet showcases the young Chapí’s mastery of orchestral colour, as well as his gift for expansive melodies and rich harmonies.


Review By Scherzo,March 2009


Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

Spanish by birth in 1851, Ruperto Chapi spent time in Paris as a student, and there fell under the influence of Saint-Saens and Massenet, these two early works following in their direct lineage. The earliest, Fantasia morisca, was written for military band while he was twenty-two and had recently become director of an artillery regimental band. Evolving over the years it reached its present format six years later as an orchestral score. Lightweight in content, it is simply intended to please, its four sections—opening in Granada—being set out as a mini-symphony that contains a slow meditation, scherzo and boisterous finale. The Symphony comes from his twenty-sixth year. It was begun in Paris, completed in Rome, and was his obligated offering as a



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