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Sang Woo Kang
American Record Guide, January 2014

In Volume 9 of his project to record Turina’s complete piano oeuvre, Maso brilliantly advocates a fascinating but overlooked Spanish composer.

The sound is clean and warm. Maso’s remarkable versatility and vibrancy secure interest in the project. I admire his dedication in promoting other Spanish composers past and present, from Joseph Soler to Benet Casablancas. I look forward to future volumes. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Bryce Morrison
Gramophone, November 2013

Jordi Masó’s pilgrimage through the complete piano music of Joaquín Turina now evokes the composer’s native city of Seville. Here…you hear that combination of folk melody deeply embedded in Andalusian culture with a French influence deriving from Turina’s study with Vincent d’Indy.

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. © 2013 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Barry Forshaw
Classical CD Choice, July 2013

Jordi Masó’s sympathetic survey of Turina’s complete piano music can still surprise. Turina’s melodic gifts are profusely in evidence in such pieces as the early Coins de Séville (a meld of Andalucian folk music and French impressionism), plus many other choice pieces. To be sampled, though, in small measures rather than en masse. © 2013 Classical CD Choice



David Denton
David's Review Corner, July 2013

It was with his departure for Paris that Joaquin Turina’s life changed, for he had received little support or encouragement for his compositions in his native Spain. He found life there so vibrant and exciting, and he established a career as composer and pianist of such magnitude, that, when he eventually returned home at the age of thirty-one, he was welcomed as the nation’s leading composer of his era. Never overcoming his shyness, he was far more happy working in the isolation of his home than appearing on the concert stage. He was to write in many genres, and though he died at the early age of sixty-one, he had completed a sizeable quantity of music, much written for solo piano. Here we reach volume 9 in his complete keyboard works, the detailed notes, that come with the disc, relating the story behind the four sections of Coins de Seville (Corners of Seville) and Por las calles de Sevilla (Through the Streets of Seville), the second piece fashioned around the idea that the streets of Seville have their own souls and can speak. Between the two La leyenda de la Giralda (The Legend of the Giralda) refers to the history of the famous bell-tower in Seville’s Cathedral. Contemplacion brings to life in music three works of arts, and in his final score, Desde mi terraza (From my terrace) we find inspiration from the French Impressionist composers Turina knew in Paris. I hope that one day Spain will award Jordi Masó the highest honour it can bestow on a musician, for his long ongoing series of Spanish keyboard music is a landmark. The fluency of his playing together with his clarity and brilliant dexterity is of the very highest orde. The recording engineer repeatedly capture the most realistic piano sound we hear on disc. © 2013 David’s Review Corner





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