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Concierto De Aranjuez

Joaquin Rodrigo , Neville Marriner , Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields , Christine Pendrell , Pepe Romero , Augustin Leon Ara , Augustín Leon Ara Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra - 1. Allegro con spiritoSir Neville Marriner 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra - 2. AdagioSir Neville Marriner11:34Album Only
listen  3. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra - 3. Allegro gentileSir Neville Marriner 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre for Guitar and Small Orchestra - 1. Villano y Ricercare (Adagietto - Andante moderato)Sir Neville Marriner 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre for Guitar and Small Orchestra - 2. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles (Adagio - Allegretto molto ritmico)Sir Neville Marriner 9:01Album Only
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listen  7. Rodrigo: Fantasía para un gentilhombre for Guitar and Small Orchestra - 4. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)Sir Neville Marriner 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rodrigo: Cançoneta for Violin and OrchestraAgustin Leon Ara 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rodrigo: Invocación y danza - 1. ModeratoPepe Romero 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rodrigo: Invocación y danza - 2. Allegro moderato: PoloPepe Romero 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rodrigo: Tres Pequeñas Piezas - 1. Ya se van los pastoresPepe Romero 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rodrigo: Tres Pequeñas Piezas - 2. Por caminos de SantiagoPepe Romero 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rodrigo: Tres Pequeñas Piezas - 3. Pequeña sevillanaPepe Romero 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Rivaled only by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neville Marriner was one of the most important of the early figures who spearheaded the reawakening of modern interest in Baroque and early Classical music. In the 1950s, he founded Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the first British early music ensemble to find a large international audience. Marriner has since become one of the most popular conductors ... Read more in Amazon's Sir Neville Marriner Store

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  • Performer: Christine Pendrell, Pepe Romero, Augustin Leon Ara, Augustín Leon Ara
  • Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Conductor: Neville Marriner
  • Composer: Joaquin Rodrigo
  • Audio CD (May 10, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000415P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rodrigo's two "greatest hits," these works for guitar and orchestra made a convenient and frequent LP coupling, but they are a skimpy CD program. One recommendable feature of this CD is the inclusion of two lovely works for solo guitar along with an equally lovely piece for violin and orchestra. Rodrigo deserves to be more than a two-hit wonder, and bravo to Philips for exposing a little more of his music like this. Still, the performances of the "hits" are our major concern here. Pepe Romero plays with complete command of the music, and in the affecting slow movement of the "Concierto" (composed, as we learned only after his death, to mourn the loss of a child who died at birth), he plays his heart out. Marriner and the not so small orchestra give outstandingly crisp and sensitive support, and the recording manages the difficult feat of balancing guitar and orchestra so that the solo instrument remains audible without sounding artificially boosted. There are many fine versions of the concertos on CD, including one by Pepe's brother Angel, several by John Williams, and one by Manuel Barrueco with Placido Domingo conducting. But this Philips disc is as good as any and does have the advantage of the extra music. --Leslie Gerber

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Spanish ambience November 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It would be hard to find more beautiful music or better interpretations of Rodrigo's music than what is on this disc. Besides the "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Fantasia para un gentilhombre," probably the most recognizeable Rodrigo songs, this disc features many more equally compelling Rodrigo numbers. Recorded in 1992 at Watford Town Hall in London ,the musicianship featured by Pepe Romero is stupendous and equal to other versions I own of Rodrigo's music. If you love Spanish guitar you will love this music that creates images of court life in old world Spain. His technical skill on classical Spanish guitar is only matched by his sensitivity to the gentle nuances of the music. His virtuosity is masterful and blends wonderfully with the SMTF, creating a heavenly marriage of sound. Sir Neville Mariner does a masterful job conducting the various horns and violins to soothe the soul. This is music to lift the spirit when it is a little down. When the whole world seems upside down and insane the beauty of Rodrio's music can create feelings of hope amidst the chaos. In a post 9/11 world it was the music of Rodrigo that helped me get back into music and on with life. Although the accompanying booklet is a treat, written in four languages and includes nice photographs of the participating artists, including Rodrigo, it is the music that makes this disc a valuable addition to one's collection. Technically the music is way beyond my understanding, although the booklet helps, I only know that I appreciate the sound and love it. I would dare say, if you buy it, you'll love it too. This is music that those not versed in any classical training or do not listen to regularly can appreciate for it's sheer beauty. You don't have to be a classical purist to enjoy this disc, so don't be shy, add this to your collection.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets April 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
An extraordinary recording and really a triumph for both Romero and ASMF/Marriner. Beautiful recorded sound and just the right amount of cultural flair and virtuosity make this a winning disc in every way. Romero was a friend of Rodrigo and there is every indication that this is a definitive performance. I saw Romero perform this work several years ago in Colorado and seeing him live was breathtaking. This recording effectively brings that concert back to life for me. The other works on the disc are equally fine.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking performance! November 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is without question the definitive recording of the Concierto de Aranjuez. Every classical CD collection should contain this album. Pepe Romero has performed the perfect marriage between technical virtuosity and emotional interpretation. As well, the SMTF Orchestra matches Romero note-for-note making for a truly magical listening experience.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly the best performance November 12, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Although already possessing a copy of the Concierto de Aranjuez on CD, I ordered this version after a documentary on the life of Rodrigo was shown on Channel 4 some time ago. Included in the programme was the finest performance of the Adagio movement that I have ever heard - far more emotionally involving than any other performance, either live or on disc. It was performed by Romero/Marriner/ASMITF, and I was hoping that this would be the version on the CD. However, while the CD contained a nice interpretation of the music, it did not quite match the TV performance for sheer beauty and emotion, which was outstanding in every way. Therefore, while I feel that this CD edition is very good, it still falls short of my (high) expectations.
The other tracks make a nice compliment to the CD, and again seem to be of a high standard.
So, while this is by any standards a superb performance, I will always be comparing it to the other performance in a slightly unfavourable light, and will continue to search for that edition.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible beauty January 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Concierto de Aranjuez is undoubtedly the loveliest guitar concerto ever written, and Pepe Romero (perfectly paired here with the ASMIF) plays it with impeccable skill and delicacy. The first and third movements are playful and spirited, but the real essence of the concerto lies in its achingly beautiful second movement. I guarantee that you will be hard pressed to find a more rapturous piece of music. Also, the rest of the disc is filled with other, equally delightful works by Rodrigo, most notably the Fantasia. If you are a fan of classical guitar, or simply appreciate beauty in its purest form, buy this disc!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection!!!! March 30, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Pepe Romero has perfected Aranjuez. I have yet to hear a better recording of this Concierto.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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What a recording. For years I liked both the efforts of Williams/Ormandy (live performance) and Parkening with the RPO. But this is my favorite recording now, hands down. The sonics are top-notch as compared with those two ADD selections, and there is more less well-known Rodrigo that is equally lovely. Romero's interpretations just seem more passionate, which seems necessary for these works, in particular the slow movement of the Concierto de Aranjuez.
Recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and emotional September 24, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The music of Rodrigo is beautiful. The emotional impact the music has on me doesn't fade even though I listen again and again. If you can get emotional about music, this will move you to tears. Exquisite and uplifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Recording
Fantastic! It's beautiful music to begin and this recording is brilliant. Pepe Romero does great justice to the original work.
Published 9 days ago by J. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bliss
It doesn't get any better than this recording of this music. A lovely combination of lovely works, Loved the historical perspective about the composition written for Segovia.
Published 2 months ago by hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Concierto de Aranjuez
An all time favorite of mine, this version did not disappoint! A beautiful and haunting musical masterpiece! A must for any classical music collection.
Published 4 months ago by Joseph D Montano
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by KUSC as one of the top recordings of this piece.
My husband loves this. And after we heard the review of the various soloists' recordings of the piece, didn't hesitate to buy this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Avid Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely lovely
This is a beautiful rendering of a beautiful piece! Well worth adding to anyone's collection. If you aren't familiar with Concierto de Aranjuez, you won't be disappointed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Moyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spanish Music
I've heard parts of this music and never realized that it was part of a larger work. I especially like listening to Pepe Romero, and hearing him play these selections with a full... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kevin L. McLaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamics make it hard to listen to in the car
The music is awesome...the extremes in dynamics (or my inadequate radio :) make it hard to listen to in the car, but it's great in the house!
Published 9 months ago by Serena
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE BY PEPE ROMERO
THIS CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WORK FROM JOAQUIM RODRIGO - WHEN WE KNOW THAT HE WAS BLIND SINCE HE WAS THREE YEARS OLD WE LOVE HIS WORK EVEN MORE. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ch and L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar
So beautiful It carries me away to a wonderful never never land art least while I am listening, hard to let go of when the concert ends
Published 10 months ago by Barbara J. MacKay
5.0 out of 5 stars great version of this piece
Read a lot of reviews of different versions of this piece and listened to about 10 different samples. I liked this the best but there are certainly other great versions.
Published 10 months ago by Berkeley Boy
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