Complementing his highly praised Naxos series of Turina's piano music, Jordi Maso joins Eva Leon to present Turina's two violin sonatas, the first enriching Classical form with Romantic fantasy, the second notable for its happy blend of the traditional, the descriptive and the personal. Euterpe conjures up the joyful festivities of the composer's native city, Seville, while the Opus 28 Fantasia is a key work of Spanish chamber music. The Classical Variations dazzlingly transform a sorrowful theme into a Cuban guajira, seguidillas, a tango and virtuoso zapateado.
Two sparkling young Spanish musicians do a nice job of channeling the melodies and textures conjured for violin and piano by composer Joaquín Turina (1882 1949). Two sonatas are part of this piece-work disc that richly evokes the rhythms and dances of the Iberian peninsula. Violinist Eva León has a mesmerizingly silken touch. --John Terauds, TheStar.com, June 2009
...Canary Islands-born violinist Eva León and pianist Jordi Masó give performances that are both accurate and charismatic, and the auditorium sound is clear and unfussy. Of most interest to Turina fans, but with one nice find for any lover of Spanish music. --James Manheim, Allmusic.com, June 2009
Eva León and Jordi Masó perform on an excellent CD of Turina. Joaquin Turina was one of the few Spanish composers of his time who devoted part of his musical compositions to the violin. It's Spanish music that uniquely draws to mind the soft lights of the Mediterranean and Andalusian soul through the harmony of the French school. Turina spent many summers vacationing with his family in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cádiz, on the shore of the Guadalquivir river and there he breathed the scents and sensations that were then reflected in his music. As the composer himself said, he did not try to write descriptive music but rather music from feelings and suggestions. We must say that it is not a repertoire that it is often presented in concert halls and recitals, but nevertheless has a weight, a freshness and an artistic value of first rate music. The simplicity of the compositions' form, very much in the Classical tradition, together with the sprouting of Andalusian and gypsy themes, creates that special symbiosis. A warm sound for a luminous music, Eva León displays a round violin timbre, is restrained with her vibrato, and is gentle and cadenced as it should be performed in the chamber music of Turina. She is well-accompanied at the piano by Jordi Masó. --Paulino Toribio, Ritmo, September 2009