Moreno-Torroba: Complete Music for Solo Guitar & Guitar Quartets

Moreno-Torroba: Complete Music for Solo Guitar & Guitar Quartets
Composer Federico Moreno-Torroba
Artist Angelo Colone guitar
Format 5 CD
Cat. number 95343
EAN code 5028421953434
Release November 2019

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Although not a guitarist himself, Federico Moreno-Torroba struck up a friendship with Andres Segovia in the 1920s, which in turn inspired several of his finest works such as the Sonatina (1924) and Piezas características (1931) are among his finest works.

Born in Madrid in 1891, Moreno Torroba was a major figure in Spanish music of the last century, flourishing in spite of the political and social upheavals that surrounded him. His music has been described as ‘castizo’, employing elements of folk and art music which are of a distinctly Spanish character. His works for the guitar above all others display a fidelity to Spain’s heritage, but his musical palette was not limited to strict folklorism, owing something to the music of Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Wagner and, in later years, Bartók. The Puertas de Madrid and the Suite Castellana translate the people and landscapes of Spain into evocative tone-poems, but there is a great deal of no less attractive, typically Spanish writing in apparently abstract works such as the collection of Eight Preludes. Like his long-lived contemporary Joaquin Rodrigo, Moreno-Torroba builds a bridge between landscape and soundscape.

The Sonatina is a modern classic of the guitar repertoire, but many pieces on this comprehensive collection are hardly known and currently unavailable in the record catalogues such as the four Rafagas on CD2, composed for guitar quartet. The collection closes with Moreno Torroba’s most extensive guitar work, the boldly formed and reflective Sonata-Fantasia, written in the tradition of similar works for piano by Chopin and Scriabin.

The Italian guitarist Angelo Colone has won particular acclaim for his performances and recordings of music by his countrymen such as Gilardino and Petrassi, but he is also an accomplished advocate for the works of Spanish and Latin American composers. Having recorded this unique collection between 2016 and 2019, he also contributes a booklet essay full of personal insight into the world of Moreno Torroba.

Federico Moreno-Torroba (1891-1982) was one of the leading musical figures of 20th century Spain. He was active as a composer, conductor, critic and successful impresario, and he was president of the “Societad general de autores españoles”.
Although Moreno-Torroba wrote in many musical genres he is mostly famous for his guitar works. His encounter and ultimate friendship with the great guitarist Andres Segovia inspired him to write a substantial oeuvre for the guitar, Spain’s national instrument.
Angelo Gilardino said of Moreno-Torroba’s works: “his music is largely inspired by the Spanish landscape, especially that of Castilia, he has created a bridge between landscape and soundscape”.
Performed with great warmth and feeling for the idiom by Angelo Colone, one of the leading Italian guitarists and student of the legendary Alirio Diaz.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonatina in A Major: I. Allegro
  2. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonatina in A Major: II. Andante
  3. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonatina in A Major: III. Allegro
  4. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonatina in A Major: IV. Nana
  5. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: I. Puerta de Toledo
  6. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: II. Puerta de Alcalá
  7. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: III. Puerta de San Vicente
  8. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: IV. Puerta de Hierro
  9. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: V. Puerta de Moros
  10. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: VI. Puerta cerrada
  11. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Puertas de Madrid: VII. Puerta del Angel
  12. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Nostalgia
  13. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Improvvisando
  14. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonatina y variación in E Minor
  15. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: I. Bailando un fandango charro
  16. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: II. Remanso
  17. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: III. La siege
  18. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: IV. Fiesta en el pueblo
  19. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: V. Amanacer
  20. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: VI. La boda
  21. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: VII. Camino del Molino
  22. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Estampas: VIII. Juegos infantiles

Disk 2

  1. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Aires de la mancha: I. Jeringonza
  2. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Aires de la mancha: II. Ya llegó el invierno
  3. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Aires de la mancha: III. Copilla
  4. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Aires de la mancha: IV. La pastora
  5. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Aires de la mancha: V. Seguidilla
  6. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: I. Alba de Tormes
  7. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: II. Alcañiz
  8. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: III. Alcázar
  9. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: IV. Calatrava
  10. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: V. Javier
  11. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: VI. Manzanares del real
  12. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: VII. Olite
  13. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: VIII. Redaba
  14. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: IX. Sigüenza
  15. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: X. Torjia
  16. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: XI. Turégano
  17. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Castillos de España: X. Zafra
  18. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ráfagas: I. Allegretto
  19. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ráfagas: II. Adagio
  20. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ráfagas: III. Allegretto calmo
  21. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ráfagas: IV. Allegretto mosso

Disk 3

  1. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Albada
  2. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite Castellana: I. Fandanguillo
  3. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite Castellana: II. Arada
  4. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite Castellana: III. Danza
  5. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite miniature: I. Llamanda
  6. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite miniature: II. Tremolo
  7. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite miniature: III. Vals
  8. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Suite miniature: IV. Divertimento
  9. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Piezas características: I. Preámbulo
  10. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Piezas características: II. Oliveras
  11. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Piezas características: III. Los mayos
  12. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Piezas características: IV. Melodía
  13. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Piezas características: V. Albada
  14. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Piezas características: VI. Panorama
  15. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: I. Largo
  16. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: II. Allegretto
  17. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: III. Andante
  18. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: IV. Allegretto calmo
  19. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: V. Andantino
  20. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: VI. Allegretto vivace
  21. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: VII. Lento
  22. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ocho preludios: VIII. Allegro no mucho

Disk 4

  1. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Aire vasco
  2. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Alpujarrena
  3. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Madrileñas: I. Tirana
  4. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Madrileñas: II. Copla
  5. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Madrileñas: III. Bolero
  6. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Danza prima
  7. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Tríptico: I. Pintoresca
  8. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Tríptico: II. Romance
  9. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Tríptico: III. Festiva
  10. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Humorada
  11. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Jota levantina
  12. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Marcha del cojo
  13. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Niña mersé
  14. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Quiente
  15. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Romancillo
  16. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ronda
  17. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ronda festiva
  18. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Segoviana
  19. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sevillana
  20. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Tonada
  21. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Nocturno
  22. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Trianeras
  23. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Nocturno

Disk 5

  1. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Vieja lejenda
  2. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Romance de los pinos
  3. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Zapateados
  4. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Contraddanza
  5. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Madroños
  6. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Jaranera
  7. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Molinera
  8. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Taconeo clásico
  9. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Punteado
  10. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Ay malaguena
  11. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Chisperada
  12. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Bolero menorquin
  13. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Preludio in E in A Major
  14. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Improvisacion
  15. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Farruca
  16. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Cancioncilla
  17. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Verbenera
  18. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonata-Fantasía: I. Lento-Allegretto
  19. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonata-Fantasía: II. Allegretto
  20. Federico Moreno-Torroba: Sonata-Fantasía: III. Allegro-Allegro Maestoso-Andante-Allegro