January 08, 2014
Miloš is set to release his third album Aranjuez on 17th February 2014! It is also his first concerto recording, centering around Joaquin Rodrigo’s seminal Concierto de Aranjuez. With Aranjuez, Milos pays tribute to the great Spanish composers and musicians who placed the modern classical guitar firmly on the international stage. The album includes perhaps the two most significant and popular works ever written for guitar and orchestra: Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez (1939) and his Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954). It also includes de Falla’s Homenaje for solo guitar. Written in 1920 in memory of Claude Debussy’s death, Homenaje has had a significant influence on guitar writing, widening the scope of expressivity and depths known for the instrument. It is coupled here with a guitar arrangement of de Falla’s flamenco-infused Danza del Molinero (1919) and Rodrigo’s Invocation y Danza from 1961.
Rodrigo originally composed,Concierto de Aranjuez for the Spanish guitarist Regino Sáinz de la Maza. In this work is distilled the composer’s response to the beautiful and atmospheric gardens of the royal palace at Aranjuez: the little town, some 50 kilometres south of Madrid, was where he had spent part of his honeymoon in the early 1930s. The impression is perhaps the more potent for the fact that Rodrigo had been blind from the age of three: the sounds and perfumes of this place find expression in the music, whether sparkling in the outer movements, or poised and reflective in the central Adagio.
Following the imminent success of Concierto de Aranjuez, the legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia decided to commission his own work for guitar and orchestra from Rodrigo. The result was the Fantasía para un gentilhombre (“Fantasia for a gentleman”). Unlike the concerto, the Fantasía draws on existing melodies for its four movements: dances by the 17th-century Spanish composer Gaspar Sanz.
For the recording of Aranjuez, Miloš was joined by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Miloš recalls that “Yannick’s energy is infectious and our collaboration was the most electric experience.”
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