Joaquin Rodrigo, composer of the famous Concerto di Aranjuez, also wrote a number of noted pieces for solo guitar, the less familiar of which are included in this new recording by the prize-winning French guitarist Jérémy Jouve. This is the second and final CD in the set of complete works for solo guitar, in which Jouve reveals the composer’s rich palette for the instrument in performances of works that are by turns austere, poetic, and unfailingly captivating. Wherever feasible, he has opted to perform Rodrigo’s first versions of the works.
Although the virtuosic Toccata was written in 1933, it was never performed before its posthumous publication in 2005, and this release is one of the first recordings of the challenging masterpiece.
The Invocation y danza has undergone many revisions since it first appeared, but here it is performed in the original, manuscript version of the score, enabling new light to be shed on a number of passages in the work. Similar revelations can be heard inTiento antiguo, Un tiempo fue italica famosa andPájaros de primavera.
Also included on the disc are two unpublished arrangements by Jouve: the Cançoneta, originally for violin and orchestra, and Pastoral, a reworking of a piece for solo piano.
The success of the disc reflects both the authenticity of the realisations and the excellent standard of the recording made in the warm acoustics of the Church of St John Chrysotom, Toronto.