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Thibaut García|Aranjuez

Aranjuez

Thibaut García, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Ben Glassberg

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Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is arguably the most popular work in the entire guitar repertory, and one might reasonably ask whether the world needs one more recording. No one, however, who hears this reading by guitarist Thibaut Garcia and the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, is going to ask again: it is exceptional. Garcia's performance has a remarkable quality of grace, and grace in reserve, with an uncannily smooth guitar tone. Is it a French, rather than a Spanish, Concierto de Aranjuez? Maybe, but Rodrigo was a student of Dukas, and the liveliness of the dialogues between the guitar and the various instruments of the orchestra, often lost in heavily Spanish-regional performances, are wonderful. Part of the credit, of course, goes to the orchestra and conductor Ben Glassberg. Three more works, as uncommon as the Concierto de Aranjuez is common, fill out the program. There are four short works by Regino Sainz de la Maza, a contemporary of Rodrigo (and the dedicatee and first performer of the Concierto de Aranjuez) who wrote music in a similar vein. The only glimmer of a complaint one might raise against this release is that its Aranjuez title (Aranjuez is an iconic Spanish town near Madrid) refers only to the first two works on the program; after Sainz de la Maza, the music is not just from France but quintessentially French. The Musique de cour d'après Robert de Visée of composer Alexandre Tansman, for guitar and orchestra, is a late piece of French neoclassicism, composed in 1960. It is not a transcription of music by lutenist-composer de Visée but a set of short lyrical fantasies on dances by de Visée, and it has a gorgeous dark quality captured expertly by Garcia. His transcriptions of de Visée close out a superb program, strengthened by ideally clear engineering of the guitar. A landmark recording.
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Concierto de Aranjuez (Joaquín Rodrigo)

1
I. Allegro con spirito
00:06:02

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Joaquin Rodrigo, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

2
II. Adagio
00:10:40

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Joaquin Rodrigo, Composer

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3
III. Allegro gentile
00:05:05

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Joaquin Rodrigo, Composer

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La Frontera de Dios (Regino Sainz De La Maza)

4
V. Sacrificio
00:03:30

Thibaut García, Guitar - Regino Sainz de la Maza, Composer

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Zapateado (Regino Sainz De La Maza)

5
Zapateado
00:02:46

Thibaut García, Guitar - Regino Sainz de la Maza, Composer

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Rondeña (Regino Sainz De La Maza)

6
Rondeña
00:04:09

Thibaut García, Guitar - Regino Sainz de la Maza, Composer

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El Vito (Regino Sainz De La Maza)

7
El Vito
00:01:43

Thibaut García, Guitar - Regino Sainz de la Maza, Composer

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Musique de cour d'après Robert de Visée (Alexandre Tansman)

8
I. Entrée
00:02:48

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

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9
II. Menuet
00:01:20

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

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10
III. Sarabande
00:03:23

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

11
IV. Gavotte et Musette
00:02:13

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

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12
V. Passacaille
00:02:56

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

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13
VI. Gigue
00:01:33

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

14
VII. Air
00:03:31

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

15
VIII. Finale
00:02:08

Thibaut García, Guitar - Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse - Ben Glassberg, Conductor - Alexandre Tansman, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

Pèces de théorbe et de luth : Suite en la mineur (Robert de Visée)

16
I. Prélude (Transcr. T. Garcia)
00:01:19

Thibaut García, Guitar, Transcriber Robert de Visée, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

17
II. Allemande grave "Tombeau du vieux Gallot" (Transcr. T. Garcia)
00:02:07

Thibaut García, Guitar, Transcriber Robert de Visée, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

18
III. Courante (Transcr. T. Garcia)
00:01:23

Thibaut García, Guitar, Transcriber Robert de Visée, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

19
IV. Sarabande (Transcr. T. Garcia)
00:02:14

Thibaut García, Guitar, Transcriber Robert de Visée, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

20
V. Rondeau "La Montfermeil" (Transcr. T. Garcia)
00:01:23

Thibaut García, Guitar, Transcriber Robert de Visée, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

21
VI. Gigue (Transcr. T. Garcia)
00:01:19

Thibaut García, Guitar, Transcriber Robert de Visée, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2020 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez is arguably the most popular work in the entire guitar repertory, and one might reasonably ask whether the world needs one more recording. No one, however, who hears this reading by guitarist Thibaut Garcia and the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, is going to ask again: it is exceptional. Garcia's performance has a remarkable quality of grace, and grace in reserve, with an uncannily smooth guitar tone. Is it a French, rather than a Spanish, Concierto de Aranjuez? Maybe, but Rodrigo was a student of Dukas, and the liveliness of the dialogues between the guitar and the various instruments of the orchestra, often lost in heavily Spanish-regional performances, are wonderful. Part of the credit, of course, goes to the orchestra and conductor Ben Glassberg. Three more works, as uncommon as the Concierto de Aranjuez is common, fill out the program. There are four short works by Regino Sainz de la Maza, a contemporary of Rodrigo (and the dedicatee and first performer of the Concierto de Aranjuez) who wrote music in a similar vein. The only glimmer of a complaint one might raise against this release is that its Aranjuez title (Aranjuez is an iconic Spanish town near Madrid) refers only to the first two works on the program; after Sainz de la Maza, the music is not just from France but quintessentially French. The Musique de cour d'après Robert de Visée of composer Alexandre Tansman, for guitar and orchestra, is a late piece of French neoclassicism, composed in 1960. It is not a transcription of music by lutenist-composer de Visée but a set of short lyrical fantasies on dances by de Visée, and it has a gorgeous dark quality captured expertly by Garcia. His transcriptions of de Visée close out a superb program, strengthened by ideally clear engineering of the guitar. A landmark recording.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : Recorded 3–5.IX.2019 (1–3, 8–15) & 22.II.2020 (4–7, 16–21), Halle aux Grains, Toulouse (France)

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