JULI GARRETA (1875-1925): Violin Concerto, EDUARD TOLDRÀ (1895-1962): Suite in E.
Catalogue Number: 07P044
Reference: TD 0093
Description: Garreta's concerto, premiered less than six weeks before his death, is a large-scale work of 43 minutes, fully in late Romantic style with no musical references to his native region, as if he was universalizing himself in accordance with the prevailing trends of neo-Classicism (although there is nothing of Stravinsky, Prokofiev or any other major neo-Classical composers in the work; he does employ a smaller than huge orchestra but the gestures and spirit are Romantic. Toldrà's 25-minute suite was his first orchestral work, premiered in 1919 and striking for the carefree spirit of three of its four movements (but then, Spain was not devastated by the World War). The first two could have been written by a young Englishman before 1914, the slow movement stands out for being rather Germanic and Brahmsian in tone while the sardana makes an appearance in the dance-like finale. Santiago Juan (violin), Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Jaime Martín.