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“My travel through the piano music of Joaquín Turina has been a journey of discovery. During my career, I had often played Turina’s masterpieces – Danzas fantásticas, Sevilla Op. 2, Sonata Sanlúcar de Barrameda – but I was not aware of the wealth of inspiration that permeates most of the pieces in his rich catalogue.

This Naxos project allowed me to discover hidden treasures and share them with my audience. Turina’s music shows an expert craftsmanship, it is idiomatically written for the instrument (the composer was a fine pianist himself) and it always sounds exciting and colorful.”

Jordi Masó

Joaquín TURINA (1882–1949)
Piano Music, Vol. 13
Sanlúcar de Barrameda ‘Sonata pintoresca’
Trilogía

Jordi Masó, Piano

One of the most ambitious and complex works in Spanish piano repertoire, the picturesque Sanlúcar de Barrameda is one of Turina’s true masterpieces, the composer describing it as ‘my homage to this wonderful city of silver… where the salt spray of the ocean is mixed with the aroma of manzanilla’. The varied pieces that form Trilogía include a grief-stricken dedication to the memory of his daughter and an entertainingly humorous finale filled with quotes from other works. This final volume in the Naxos edition of Turina’s complete piano works concludes with the tantalisingly unfinished Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

Listen to an extract from
Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Sonata pintoresca):
IV. Los pescadores en Bajo de Guía


About the Artist
Jordi Masó
Spanish pianist Jordi Masó has performed extensively in Europe, in piano recitals and chamber music concerts, and is regularly invited to play with the best Spanish orchestras. His wide repertoire covers all periods and styles, with a special emphasis on music of the 20th century – he has given many premiere performances of piano works written for him by the foremost Spanish composers. Jordi Masó has made over 50 recordings, many critically acclaimed.
Previous releases in Jordi Masó's edition of Turina's complete works for solo piano
“Masó certainly has the full measure of this music, playing it with insouciance and verve, and furthermore he is well recorded technically, which makes the record a joy to hear.”
Fanfare
  Listen to an extract from
Partita in C major:
III. Capricho
“[Masó] knows this music better than anybody else, and Naxos’ engineers have settled into a fine, somewhat intimate acoustic for the series.”
AllMusic.com
  Listen to an extract from
En la zapateria:
I. Hans Sachs
★★★★★
“Masó…has a complete grasp of Turina’s language and musical needs.”
MusicWeb International
  Listen to an extract from
El Cristo de la Calavera:
III. Desafío de Alonso y Lope
“I cannot imagine better, more idiomatic performances than utterly gentle and effortless ones by Jordi Masó. Beautiful piano sound, also.”
Fanfare
“[Masó] does the music proud. His playing is superlatively responsive and idiomatic. This is unjustly neglected music which deserves attention.”
MusicWeb International
“How characteristic throughout is that vacillation between bustling activity and mystery, between bright sunlight and shadows. [And] in Masó you have an ideally committed and affectionate master of the idiom, finely recorded.”
Gramophone
“Masó offers us a broad view of the music, grasping the overall structure. The recording is fine, and mellow and aids the music’s subtle communication.”
MusicWeb International
“Masó’s mastery of this repertoire is never in doubt: his melodies sing and his rhythms snap. The recording of the piano is suitably warm. …an enjoyable disc…”
Fanfare
“Turina was, notoriously, a gentle soul who liked his music played with elegance, and Masó does just that, but without forgetting the muscle lying beneath the surface.”
ClassicsToday.com
“Turina consistently displays excellent craft and affection for his native culture … Jordi Masó is, as always, excellent, as he continues this Naxos series of Spanish piano music.”
Fanfare
“Masó is an excellent pianist. His feeling for this music is beyond question, his technical ability fully equal to his interpretive insight.”
ClassicsToday.com
“The Catalan pianist approaches this music with sensitivity, and a warm recording helps him bring out the gentleness as well as the spirit of these ladies of Spain.”
Fanfare


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