Turina: Orchestral works

Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena

This download forms part of Chandos’ ongoing Spanish Music series, performed by the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena. Here the focus is on the orchestral works of the composer Joaquín Turina, one of the two leading Spanish composers of the twentieth century, the other being Manuel de Falla. Turina was a prolific composer, who in his sixty-seven years wrote more than one hundred works, in which he explored a wide range of classical genres, from symphonic music, solo piano pieces, and vocal works to ballet scores and chamber music. Most of these show the influences of traditional Andalusian music – often conveying feelings of rapture and immense exaltation – while also owing a debt to a range of French composers.


“…In all the music on this well-filled disc you will hear a style of Impressionism that is not cool and misty but ablaze with heat and light. The BBC Philharmonic relish Turina’s textures under Mena’s idiomatic direction, and typically rich Chandos sound is everything one could wish. This is well worth collecting alongside Mena’s previous discs of music by Falla and Montsalvatge…”

Phillip Scott – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 30 May 2013

 “…With the exception of the moderately paced Saeta the remaining works generally inhabit a similar sound-world. Turina’s highly rhythmic and vivid coloration combined with his passionate approach invariably produce steamy evocations of baking Spanish sunshine. With infectious enjoyment Mena and the BBC Phil ideally capture the expressive mood of these joyous scores. Produced at MediaCity UK, in Salford this open and clear recording ticks all the right boxes.”

Michael Cookson – MusicWeb-International.com – May 2013

“…The three vocal items here are novelties … They are sung with ravishing sweetness of tone by Clara Mouriz, who sounds born to sing them… The orchestra’s playing and Chandos’s sumptuous sound place this new disc in the front rank …”

Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – April 2013

“… As an introduction to an unfairly neglected composer, this disc couldn’t be bettered. It’s also very nicely recorded.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 9 March 2013

“…  An early contender for one of my discs of the year and if this does not feature in other similar lists and awards I will be surprised. Simply magnificent and a must-hear for all those with a penchant for all things Spanish and ripely orchestrated.”

Nick Barnard – MusicWeb-International.com – March 2013

“… Warmly recommended.”

Nigel Simeone – International Record Review – February 2013


CD available From: 01 February 2013

  Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
Danzas fantasticas, Op. 22 15:45
      For Orchestra
      A mi mujer
1 I Exaltación. Lento – Vivo – Poco meno – Vivo – Poco meno – Vivo – Lento- 5:37
2 II Ensueño. Cadencia ad libitum – Moderato – Allegretto casi Andantino – Tempo I. Moderato – 5:34
3 III Orgía. Allegretto mosso quasi allegro – Più vivo – 4:27
Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19 10:58
4 I Dedicatoria. Allegro – Allegretto – Tempo I – Cediendo – 2:37
5 II Nunca olvida…. Andante 1:51
6 III Cantares. Allegro vivo – Allegretto – Allegro vivo 2:05
7 IV Los dos miedos. Andantino casi andante – Allegretto – Andantino casi andante – Mas lento 2:55
8 V Las locas por amor. Allegro con brio 1:20
  Clara Mouriz mezzo-soprano
9 Saeta en forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, Op. 60 3:34
  Clara Mouriz mezzo-soprano
10 Farruca from ‘Triptico’, Op. 45 3:01
      For voice and orchestra
      Allegretto mosso – Poco più lento
  Clara Mouriz mezzo-soprano
Ritmos, Op. 43 15:04
      Fantasia coreográfica
11 Preludio. Lento 2:08
12 Danza lenta. Andantino – 1:54
13 Vals trágicao. Allegretto – Moderato – Vivo – 2:58
14 Garrotín. Allegretto ritmico – Più mosso – Tempo I. Allegretto ritmico – 3:34
15 Intermedio. Lento 1:30
16 Danza exótica. Moderato – Allegro 2:57
Sinfonia sevillana, Op. 23 22:26
      A José Mas
17 I Panorama. Andante – Allegretto – Andante – Allegro molto moderato – 7:24
18 II Por el río Guadalquivir. Andante – Allegretto – Andantino mosso – Tempo I. Andante – 7:07
19 III Fiesta en San Juan de Aznalfarache. Allegro vivo – Siempre vivo – Andante – Tempo I. Vivo – Andante – 7:44
  BBC Philharmonic
  Juanjo Mena
  Recorded in:
  MediaCity UK, Salford
      9 December 2011 (Danzas fantásticas), 27 January (Sinfonía sevillana) and 21 June 2012 (other works)
  Ralph Couzens (Executive)
  Brian Pidgeon
  Mike George
  Sound Engineer(s)
  Stephen Rinker
  Denise Else (Assistant: 9 December 2011 & 27 January 2012)
  Celia Hutchison (Assistant: 21 June 2012)

  Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24Bit 96Khz