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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Valdés includes Rodrigo’s delightful 18th-century picture of Spain in his ballet Soleriana, which is based on the keyboard works of Antonio Soler and consists of eight dances lasting some 40 minutes in all. The Pastoral has a lovely melancholy beauty, though most of the movements are relatively lively and well portray a picturesque, rococo image of 18th-century Spain in music of great charm and piquancy. The Zarabanda lejana (‘Distant Sarabande’) is a haunting work, its two movements displaying some lovely string writing, and the highly engaging Cinco piezas infantiles are characteristically brightly coloured. The performances are good, if perhaps not quite so imaginative as Bátiz on EMI, who also benefited from more vivid sound. Here, the massed strings sound a bit thin above the stave (especially noticeable in the Zarabanda lejana), but the overall sound-picture is very acceptable, and this disc is well worth its modest price.



John Duarte
Gramophone, November 2002

"Both performances are first-class. I warmly recommend this issue."



Alex Morin
Audiophile Audition, July 2002

"Eighteenth-century Spain is evoked in these works, full of the melodies and angular rhythms of its gypsy and other folk cultures. The five "youthful" pieces of the third suite are overflowing with good tunes and danceable rhythms."



Christopher Wood
BBC Music Magazine, June 2002

"His Soleriana is a pleasant enough neoclassical exercise drawing on sonatas by Anotonio Soler, given here a fresh, brisk run-through by the Asturias Symphony Orchestra."






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