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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Latin Romances) / Isbin

J. Rodrigo Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spiritoSharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Concierto de Aranjuez: II. AdagioSharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster11:39Album Only
listen  3. Concierto de Aranjuez: III. Allegro gentileSharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 5:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: I. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto - Andante moderato)Sharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: II. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Nápoles (Adagio) -Sharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: III. Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles (Allegretto - Adagio)Sharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: IV. Danza de las Hachas (Allegro con brio)Sharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Fantasía para un gentilhombre: V. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)Sharon Isbin/Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Lawrence Foster 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. From Afar....A Fantasy For Guitar and OrchestraSharon Isbin/Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hugh Wolff15:30Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. ZapateadoSharon Isbin 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Invocation et Danse - Hommage a Manuel de FallaSharon Isbin 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Andante religioso from 'La Catedral'Sharon Isbin 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. La Catedral: ii Allegro SolemneSharon Isbin 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Quejas (Lament)Sharon Isbin 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Estrada do Sol (Road to the Sun)Sharon Isbin 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Capricho arabeSharon Isbin 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. El Decamerón Negro: I. La Arpa de GuerreroSharon Isbin 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. El Decamerón Negro: II. La Huída de los Amantes por el Valle de los EcosSharon Isbin 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. El Decamerón Negro: III. Balada de la Doncella EnamoradaSharon Isbin 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sentimental Melody from 'Forests of the Amazon'Sharon Isbin 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Etude No.8 (from 12 Etudes)Sharon Isbin 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mallorca, Op.202Sharon Isbin 7:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. AsturiasSharon Isbin 6:33$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • ASIN: B000026CIL
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical and pure classical guitar July 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The classical guitar can struggle against the volume of an orchestra and that fact is evident in this CD. Isbin's masterful skill is often overwhelmed by the orchestra, something that perhaps could have been lessened with better remastering. Nonetheless, if you appreciate classical guitar played by a real talent, this CD is for you. The unaccompanied Latin Romances illustrate Isbin's work at its best, clean and precise with pure tonal production. Her technical mastery as well as her lyricism are often on display. I found the Schwantner composition, written at Isbin's request, somewhat heavy-handed and hard to listen to. The Rodrigo recordings, even allowing for the occasionally overwhelming orchestra, are bright and crisp. Isbin's feeling for Rodrigo's music comes through clearly in these recordings. Despite the somewhat onerous orchestations, I would recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates clear, precise, lyrical classical guitar. There's definitely enough in here to make this a worthwhile purchase. Two CD set. PS: to get the second CD out, open the inner door from the center out! I'm an engineer, and it took me several tries to figure it out (may because I'm an engineer!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some gems January 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you want to hear some diverse recordings of Sharon Isbin gathered in one place for a fair price, then you have arrived. She does a good job on some of my favorites, e.g., Mallorca and Capricho Arabe, though not the best that you'll find. You'll have to listen to Norbert, Bream and Williams for the best Mallorca and other Albeniz transcriptions and to Parkening and Boyd for the best Capricho Arabe.

But what disturbs me the most about this recording is the omission of the lovely first movement (my favorite), called "Preludio", from La Catedral. What conceivable reason could there possibly be to omit this 2 minute movement? That alone cost this recording one star.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great music CD by a great musician June 28, 2010
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Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is wonderfully presented on CD 1 by the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and Sharon Isbin's world class talents on guitar. Isbin joins several noteworthy classical guitarists who have played Rodrigo's Concierto as well as the Fantasia that follows. CD 2 shows why Isbin is considered one of the world's best soloists as she interprets the works of several great Latin composers, with "Capricho Arabe", "El Decameron Negro" and "Asturias" as the standout pieces. Paz Abreu's brief work, "Quejas", is a simple but beautiful piece, tinged with melancholy and longing, and the "Invocacion y Danza", though not as popular as the "Concierto de Aranjuez", is another excellent interpretation by Isbin.
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