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GARCIA ABRIL, A.: Madre Asturias - A Collection of Asturian Songs (Pixan, Torres-Pardo)

Composer(s):Garcia Abril, AntonTraditionalTraditional
Artist(s) Torres-Pardo, Rosa, piano • Pixan, Joaquin, tenor
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572073
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 9.99
 

 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Asturias in north-western Spain is a land of dramatic contrasts with an ancient cultural heritage. Award-winning Spanish composer Antón García Abril and writer José León Delestal drew from the rich folklore of this region for their evocative song cycle Madre Asturias. Originally scored for orchestra, these fourteen songs are here performed with piano, heightening the intimate relationship between the voice of Asturian lyrical tenor Joaquín Pixán and Spanish pianist Rosa Torres-Pardo.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2009

Antón García Abril’s association with the folklore of Spain’s Asturias region in the north-west of the country has provided the inspiration for his song cycle, Madre Asturias. Having read the disc’s booklet I am left baffled and pondering on the work I am reviewing. So let me settle for the fact that we have fourteen songs, most of which are García Abril’s cultivated recreation of Asturias folksongs, linked with some new songs that he has added and deal which deal with subjects related to our time. They were written for a 1980s project, Lirica Asturiana, which was promoted by the soloist on this disc, Joaquín Pixán, and resulted in a song cycle for tenor and orchestra, Madre Asturias. That has then transcribed for voice and piano, and that is the version now recorded. I hope this is basically correct, as I think something may have been lost in the English translation of the notes. The result is tonal, traditional, light and easily likable music, one of the prerequisites in the music’s composition was to internationalise Asturias culture. Pixan has an inherent Spanish singing quality, obviously well suited to the music, and his relationship with the composer would give the disc benchmark status. Rosa Torres-Padro is the highly commendable pianist, and the sound quality provides a realistic singer-piano relationship.

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