Music of Argentina. Eduardo Grau.

Eduardo Grau (1919–2006) was born in Barcelona but moved with his parents to Argentina when he was only eight years old. He subsequently received encouragement for his earliest compositions from no less a figure than Manuel de Falla, who was resident in Argentina at the time. Grau’s subsequent output spanned a wide range of genres: from incidental music to orchestral, chamber and choral works, plus pieces for solo instruments.

The selected works on this album are all heard in their world premiere recordings.

Eduardo GRAU (1919–2006)
Concertos for Soloists and String Orchestra

Jana Jarkovská, Flute • Simon Reitmaier, Clarinet
Ana María Valderrama, Violin • David Fons, Viola
Miklós Szitha, Timpani • Fabio Banegas, Piano
Anima Musicæ Chamber Orchestra • Francisco Varela

The music of Spanish-Argentine composer Eduardo Grau is imbued with Hispanic elements. His Concerto of ‘Yuste’ for Violin, Piano and Timpani was inspired by the Spanish monastery of its title and is notable for its rhythmic drive, lyricism and mystical atmosphere. The Concertino for Viola and Piano is deeply expressive and intimate, while folkloric dances from Argentina are used in the Concerto for Clarinet including the vivacious chacarera. The verses of Spanish Golden Age poet Garcilaso de la Vega provided the inspiration for Grau’s To the Flower of Gnido for Flute and Piano.

Listen to an extract from Clarinet Concerto:
III. Allegro scherzando
About the Artists
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‘The sound on this Naxos release is spectacular … I have the feeling that I will be enjoying these two discs for years to come.’
‘This is just a great disc of colourful, distinctive orchestral music, and it belongs in every collection.’
‘Guitarist Victor Villadangos is excellent. His tone is clear, his playing clean, and as a native of Buenos Aires he has a natural feel for this music.’
American Record Guide
Ciclo de canciones
Violin Concerto • Clarinet Concerto

Tanaka • Inchausti • Rey • Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
‘Benzecry challenges everyone with audacious virtuosic writing and forceful and compelling music; and each soloist responds with astonishing technical facility and creative zeal.’
American Record Guide
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