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Guy Rickards
International Piano, January 2016

…the music is well crafted and Masó’s accounts are idiomatic and nicely nuanced. © 2016 International Piano

James Manheim, October 2015

…these ingenious program music pieces are lost treasures of 20th century piano music. …[Masó] knows this music better than anybody else, and Naxos’ engineers have settled into a fine, somewhat intimate acoustic for the series. Very highly recommended. © 2015 Read complete review

John France
MusicWeb International, September 2015

Jordi Masó has continued to impress with his playing and his commitment to Turina’s music. It is an exciting project that has revealed many hidden treasures. As I have got to know Turina’s music, I have become increasingly impressed… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

We have now reached the eleventh volume in Jordi Masó’s world premiere recording of the complete piano works of the Spanish composer, Joaquin Turina. Prodigious in his output for the keyboard, adding new works throughout his life, many, as this disc demonstrates, simply evoking everyday events that took place around him. Though he was now well into the 20th century, Turina remained in the world of tonality, and was often influenced by the previous generation, Ravel and Debussy being his main source of inspiration. Yet musically he was very much his own person who produced an unending flow of pleasing melodic invention. Here we start in the Verbena madrilena (Madrid Fair), a score brightly lit and colourful, each of the five sections of substantial length. En la zapateria (At the shoemakers) was a seven-movement tribute to Wagner, starting out in the world of Hans Sachs and Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, the cameos at times moving a long way from Wagner, including the trumpet call sounded at bullrings in Spain. Linterna magica (Magic Lantern) reflects his love of the cinema and the pianists who improvised the backdrop to silent films. Intended to amuse children El circo contains six brief pictures of circus acts. Finally Radio Madrid recalls life in the broadcasting studio in the 1930’s. This is not technically demanding music, and depends on the pianist’s ability to bring the pictures to life. For that we have to thank Jordi Masó, though I am now fast running out of superlatives to describe his playing. Crystalline in quality, there is a feeling of spontaneity that can only have come from meticulous preparation. As in previous volumes the recording is immaculate, and probably the most realistic and beautiful piano tone you will find on disc. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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