“It is with immense joy I present my recordings of Homenaje a la Seguidilla and Tonada Concertante for guitar and orchestra by my dear friend, the sublime Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba. I am particularly excited to bring to life the world première recording of the Tonada Concertante. This concerto was written for and dedicated to my wonderful father Celedonio Romero and I have special memories of him playing it at home and giving the first performance in San Antonio, Texas. These memories are now kept perpetually alive in this recording. In January 1970, Federico Moreno Torroba dedicated his Concierto de Castilla to me; it's gorgeously played in this recording by my disciple and colleague Vicente Coves, with his brother, the great maestro Manuel Coves, conducting. I love the music in this recording and hope it brings much enjoyment to all music lovers.”
Federico Moreno Torroba composed about one hundred works for the guitar, thereby reinforcing his status as one of Spain’s great twentieth-century composers. Homenaje a la seguidilla pays lively tribute to that characteristically Spanish song and dance, while the Tonada concertante is in turns playful and introspective. Concierto de Castilla features a free-spirited lyricism evocative of the folklore of Castile, a vast expanse in the middle of Spain with which the composer strongly identified. ‘You would expect Pepe Romero to excel at the Concierto en Flamenco… The piece is gorgeous, the performance vibrant and passionate… The soloist in Diálogos is Romero’s gifted pupil, Vicente Coves, who plays as well as his mentor, and whose brother leads the orchestra vividly and sympathetically.’ (ClassicsToday.com on Volume 1, 8.573255)
Listen to an extract from Homenaje a la seguidilla:
“…Pepe Romero again proves himself a master of both flamenco and classical…”
An outstanding figure in the history of modern Spanish music, Federico Moreno Torroba is best known for his guitar works, his traditional style embracing the folklore and character of Spain. The Concierto en Flamenco requires an exceptional soloist, and Pepe Romero is justly famous for his masterful interpretations in both classical and flamenco genres. The playful Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta adds the luminous sonorities of harp and celesta to its colourful orchestration. Aires de la Mancha is evocative of this distinctive region in central Spain, while the Suite castellana includes Torroba’s first ever composition for guitar, Danza. This is the first of three volumes of Torroba’s complete works for guitar and orchestra.
Listen to an extract from Concierto en flamenco:
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About the Artists
Pepe Romero has more than sixty recordings to his credit. He has given the first performances of works by some of the finest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries and has had many new works dedicated to him. In June 1996 he received the Premio Andalucía de la Música, the highest recognition given by his native country for his contribution to the arts. In addition His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Pepe Romero and his brothers into the Order of Isabel la Católica.
Vicente Coves studied with the legendary Pepe Romero. Coves belongs to the Versus Ensemble, with which he recorded for Naxos Piazzolla’s Suite María de Buenos Aires (8.570523) and Lorenzo Palomo’s Sinfonía a Granada (8.570420) for soprano, guitar and orchestra, composed for Vicente Coves and María Bayo. In 2008 he was awarded the Rubinstein Medal by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Manuel Coves has appeared regularly as an opera conductor at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, and worked with some of the major orchestras in Spain and throughout Europe. Next season his engagements include performances at the Teatro Real, Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten, and the Teatro de la Zarzuela.
The Extremadura Symphony Orchestra has been an instrument for the dissemination of musical culture in the Autonomous Community of Extremadur since its creation by Extremadura Council in 2000. The orchestra has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, and has performed in major concert halls in Madrid, Bilbao, Oviedo, and Granada.
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