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Clotilde and Elena on the Rocks, Javea (1905) by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863-1923)
Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67889
Recording details: December 2010
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: April 2012
Total duration: 20 minutes 49 seconds

'There's a gentle melancholy to overtly Spanish pieces such as La oración del torero and a warm, beguiling tunefulness to … the Piano Quartet, Op 67, all seductively played by The Nash Ensemble' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This excellent CD of chamber music … the performances throughout by these outstanding musicians, who are clearly wholly committed to Turina's music, are deeply impressive. The recording quality is also first-rate. Hyperion's world-renowed production values are equally consistently admirable and fully maintained here' (International Record Review)

'The near-masterpieces here … are the splendid Piano Trio Op 35, the A minor Piano Quartet Op 67, and the Violin Sonata, played with searing tone and rhythmic dash by Marianne Thorsen and Ian Brown, mainstays of the wonderful Nash Ensemble. Lawrence Power's viola and Paul Watkins' cello shine in, respectively, the Escena andaluza and the songful tenor/bass melodies of the trio. It would be hard to imagine more compelling performances' (The Sunday Times)

'Played with relish and sensitivity … this is music that paints pictures and is imbued with Spanish sunshine and sensual nocturnes, the listener serenaded with expressive warmth and a wide palette of colour, all lovingly played' (Time Out)

Piano Trio No 1, Op 35
1926; dedicated to L'Infante Doña Isabel de Borbón; first performed in London on 5 July 1927

Sonate: Allegro  [6'32]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Piano Trio No 1, Op 35, is an imaginative mixture of the learned style Turina acquired in Paris and folkloric inspiration provided by his homeland. The first movement is a prelude and fugue, blending the techniques of the contemporaneous French School with those of German masters such as Bach. The second movement is a theme and variations, a form which has a long tradition in Spanish music. In this case each of the variations evokes a dance from a different region of Spain: the muñeira, a miller’s dance from Galicia; the schotis, a dance of northern European origins but popular in Spain; the zortziko of the Basque region; the jota of Aragon; and the soleares of Turina’s native Andalucia. The third movement, in sonata form, reintroduces thematic materials from the first movement to give the entire opus a unifying ternary quality. The Piano Trio was dedicated to L’Infante Doña Isabel de Borbón and premiered in London on 5 July 1927.

from notes by William C Krause © 2012

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