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WWE 1CD 20020
Alfredo Aracil
orchestral works
1
Adagio con variaciones 19:23
2
El viento 08:07
3
Caceria 08:10
4
El beso 06:06
5
Los ecos 05:18
6
Answering looks 09:56
Total Time 57:00
Remember Lohengrin! A Lohengrin seen through the eyes of the young Hugo Wolf, though, or rather through his string quartet in D minor: based on the beginning of the third movement, which is thematically derived from Wagner's Lohengrin overture, Aracil developed his Adagio con variaciones, a piece vaguely drifting to and fro between the world of the noble knight, the slightly melancholy world of Hugo Wolf, and the one we are living in now. The orchestral suite Tres imágenes de Francesca, on the other hand, is based on Aracil's own chamber opera of the same title, whereas in Las voces de los ecos the composer embarks on a search for sound qualities, harmonics and – John Milton: Aracil was inspired by various verses of Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost. This music proves impressively that the Canary Islands have a lot more to offer than sunshine and beaches (even though these alone make a journey there worthwhile). The surprisingly dynamic (musical) life on the Spanish isles certainly stands comparison with the festivals on the European mainland.
Recommendation
“Subtle nuances, crystal-clear intonation, expressive force”: Wolfgang Rihm’s early String Quartets Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4, extraordinarily played by the Minguet Quartet. 
 
Nono’s first work for orchestra, the Variazioni canoniche (1950) based on Schönberg, already comprises the bases of his late works, such as No hay caminos... (1987). 
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