Don Quixote in Spanish Music
The five works that make up this recording were all inspired by Cervantes' masterpiece Don Quijote de la Mancha. Barbieri' incidental music was composed as part of the first official commemoration, in 1861, of the anniversary of Cervantes' death. Rodri
Since it is virtually impossible in UK concert halls to encounter music such as this - even Rodrigo's outings tend to be limited to two or three very popular scores - discs like this are a godsend. There is a great deal of attractive and interesting music here which deserves a wider audience ... indeed I found the Rodrigo very affecting and I can imagine returning to this often. Performances meanwhile are well up to the standard of the DG issue, although the recording location isn't quite so yielding. The orchestra here appears closer in focus than on the earlier disc, with the sound appreciably drier and more immediate. Texts and translations are included.
All in all a very enthusiastic welcome and a fascinating companion disc to DG's "Quijotes". Go and buy! -- Music Web International, April 2008
The musical is lyrical, playful and oddly evocative of Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring". -- Raleigh-Durham News and Observer, David Perkins, April 22, 2007