Rodrigo : Concierto de Aranjuez

Rodrigo : Concierto de Aranjuez


Pepe Romero and Los Romeros, Neville Marriner, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (1978)

Philips 9500563

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Joaquin Rodriogo (1901 - 1999) :
Concierto de Aranjuez
A1 - Allegro con spirito
A2 - Adagio
A3 - Allegro gentile
Concierto Andaluz
B1 - Tiempo de bolero
B2 - Adagio
B3 - Allegretto

The Concierto de Aranjuez, composed in 1939, was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the spring resort palace and gardens built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The work attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature. 

The frenetic applause with which both the public and the experts greeted the Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, is certainly astounding, one would have thought that 20th-century music was dominated chiefly by composers of twelve-tone music and the avantguardists. Rodrigo, however, remained faithful to the Classical three-movement form, employed a late-Romantic orchestral colouring, and followed in the tradition of Spanish composers who, perhaps more than any others, won their inspiration from the folkmusic of their native country.
The whole work is full of the exotic magic of Spanish folkmusic, whereby the rhythmic drive of the first movement – reminiscent of clicking castanets – is particularly fascinating. Fortunately not only the composer but also the conductor and orchestra have taken care that the gentle tones produced by the world famous guitarist Pepe Romero are clearly to be heard.
In addition, the listener is treated to a performance of the rarely recorded Concierto Andaluz for four guitars, composed in 1967. Once again the Romeros demonstrate that they are not only amazingly virtuosic musicians but are also worthy dedicatees of this unique work.
Last but not least, Philips balance engineers have produced a superb recording: Rodrigo himself was absolutely delighted with it – and this opinion one can well endorse.

Recorded in July and August 1978 by Wilhelm Hellweg.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under