- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 102.06 g
- メーカー : Philips
- EAN : 0028943436922
- 製造元リファレンス : 028943436922
- SPARSコード : ADD
- レーベル : Philips
- ASIN : B0000057N3
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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The Romeros family--Celedonio, Celin, Pepe, and Angel--helped propel the status of the classical guitar repertoire during the '60s. The father and three sons had impeccable technique and an obvious love for the works of their Spanish homeland. On this disc, the Romeros clan perform memorable versions of two Rodrigo guitar concertos and three concertos from Vivaldi transcribed for guitar. These are gorgeous works, and the quartet--backed by the feathery touch of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Victor Alessandro--is in top form. Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz for Four Guitars and Orchestra was originally commissioned from the composer Celedonio Romero, and the ensemble provide a sensitive and lively reading of the folksy concerto. Vivaldi's works are an added bonus, especially the perennial Concerto in C for Mandolin and Orchestra, here adapted for the guitar artistry of Celedonio Romero. --Edward Garabedian
Although I paid the library they did not replace it. When the tape broke I tried to buy the LP but by this time it was deleted from the catalogue.
Then recently Amazon highlighted it as a CD I might be interested in (damn clever these Amazon people).
I waited in anticipation to see whether it would be as I remembered it. Wow, it was even better. The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra compliments The Romeros perfectly and gives the piece a real Spanish feel; Tex-Mex influence I guess. The additional pieces stretch the CD to 75 minutes - brilliant value and flawless recording.
Joaquín Rodrigo composa son "Concierto Andaluz" à l'intention de Celedonio et de ses trois fils, qui le jouèrent pour la première fois le 18 novembre 1967 avec l'orchestre de San Antonio, et qui le confièrent aussitôt aux micros de Mercury.
Alors âgé de vingt-et-un ans, le cadet Angel imprègne le "Concierto d'Aranjuez" d'une digitalité ardente, enthousiasmée par l'esprit du flamenco.
Evoluant vers un style plus modéré, il gravera une interprétation souverainement noble et équilibrée avec le London Symphony sous la baguette d'André Previn (Emi, 1977).
La suite du programme fait entendre trois Concertos de Vivaldi, ici transcrits pour diverses configurations de guitares qui apportent un étonnant relief aux deux opus originellement conçus pour la mandoline.
L'accompagnement empesé de l'orchestre texan se perçoit néanmoins comme bien éloigné de la sveltesse que l'on apprécie aujourd'hui dans le style baroque.
Pour les deux concertos de Rodrigo, je préfère les versions fines et classiques que les Romero réenregistreront avec Neville Marriner et ses Academycians (Philips), mais le présent album s'apprécie toujours comme le témoignage d'une famille de musiciens dévouée à leur instrument.
This is a vibrant composition done complete justice by this recording with all the artists taking part in its execution. This is a work to love and cherish for decades to come. Also included on the disc is the far more well known guitar work "Concerto de Aranjuez for (one) Guitar & Orchestra. Angel Romero is the soloist on this work, and is equally fiery and enjoyable.
The disc is rounded out by three compositions of Antonio Vivaldi (of "The Four Seasons" fame). All 3 of the Vivaldi compositions are transcriptions (since Vivaldi did not compose music for the guitar). The first transcription is from the Concerto for 4 Violins and Orchestra, followed by the Concerto in C for Mandolin & Orchestra (Celedonio is the soloist), and finally the Concerto in G for Two Mandolins & Orchestra (with Pepe & Celin the soloists).
This recording never gets old for me. I've owned it on vinyl (before the advent of compact discs) and this is my 2nd cd of this recording. I enjoy this and continue to this day to discover "new" nuances which I have either forgotten or not paid attention to previously.
This is in my view a disc for the ages of which I will never tire. If you are unfamiliar with especially the Concerto Andaluz, buy this disc (on amazon) and enjoy it! Nothing less than an absolute 10/10 will do justice to this magnificent Romero Family and the compositions they present on this disc. Highly, highly recommended!
P.S. This p.s. note is added a year+ later after the above review. I have just bought another copy of this superb guitar CD, because my previous one is still in storage in another city. I can't live without it any longer till I transfer my storage to my current location.
If you want to taste the guitar-playing delights offered up by the Romero family or if you want a fine historical record of this remarkable musical dynasty, then this is the CD for you! Jointly and severally, the Romeros do their stuff here: Celedonio (the pater familias), and his sons Ángel, Celín, and Pepe. To back them up the San Antonio Symphony, in one of its very earliest major-label recordings, does its damnedest under the baton of Victor Alessandro--with truly fine results.
To capture the event with the fullest possible fidelity available in 1967 the Mercury Records engineers employ the special setup of their "Living Presence" series: a three-channel, half-inch tape recorder fed by three individual Telefunken 201 microphones, augmented here by a fourth to reinforce the center channel. All the fuss clearly pays off in the marvelous sound quality of this recording.
To get the ball rolling Ángel delivers a truly excellent performance of Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez." (Though Ángel subsequently focussed on conducting, it could not have been for lack of success in playing: his mastery of the guitar is manifest.)
Next the whole family join in on Rodrigo's "Concierto Andaluz for Four Guitars and Orchestra," a joyous, tuneful exhibition of how great four guitars and orchestra can sound together. This is not heavy "symphonic" fare, but music to celebrate the joys of life and lovely sounds.
Slipping backward about 3 centuries, the same group offer a transcription of Vivaldi's "Concerto for Four Violins and Orchestra" from "L'Estro Armonico." This is, I would say, a baroque equivalent of roughly the same spirit as that of the preceding piece: a celebration of the joy of music.
Papa Celedonio next shows how the guitar is properly played by performing a transcription of Vivaldi's "Concerto in C Major for Mandolin and Orchestra." Now we come to understand that the maestro teaches by example.
To close the program sons Pepe and Celín play a third Vivaldi transcription: the "Concerto in G for Two Mandolins and Orchestra," to the beaming approval of Celedonio, we imagine.
Regardless of its historic significance, this CD is of great value for its music alone. I doubt there are significantly better recordings of these pieces anywhere. This CD is a treasure!
I should note that there is now available an SACD disk of this program. Not having heard it, I can't say how it compares with the present CD, which in any case leaves little to be desired in sound quality.