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 Post subject: Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:57 pm 
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Another of Joaquin Turina's sets of piece depicting Spanish women. There is one more to go, the op.17 set which is more difficult than the two I posted so far. I stuck to the French titles as these are mentioned first (of course) in the Frence edition (Rouart Lerolle).

Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89 - 1: La potiere de Triana (2:57)
Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89 - 2: Jolie fille (3:52)
Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89 - 3: La gracieuse macarena (1:58)
Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89 - 4: La cigariere espiegle (2:57)
Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89 - 5: Mantilles et grands peignes (2:27)

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These are nice. The first one reminds me of the one Turina set I've played (and is on my redo list). Actually, they all sound very Turina-like. I guesss I just recognize his style now. I like the fourth one of this set best. A couple passages in it could have had tighter finger work between the two hands, but that's a small nitpick.

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 Post subject: Re: Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89
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Thanks for that. Yes Turina is always immediately recognizable, although I could not say precisely why. I plan to record some more of his cycles, the op.2, op.8 and op.17 sets are particularly marvellous, as are the Danzas Fantasticas which I need to redo. I'll likely do the Calles de Sevilla as well and maybe Contemplacion. Most of all I love Sanlucar de Barrameda, his most ambitious work, but that one's just so damn difficult :x

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Well done, and the recording quality is good, too, but it does not make me any more of a Turina fan.
The first one is wonderful, though... it sounds to me like the one in which the composer is writing music and not thinking of what the audience reaction will be. And it sounds so Spanish.

There are so many recordings up at the moment I feel lucky getting the time to download and listen to a set. It's a nice problem to encounter.

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 Post subject: Re: Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89
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StuKautsch wrote:
Well done, and the recording quality is good, too, but it does not make me any more of a Turina fan.

That's a pity. I guess I'll have to record some more then :P
I've always been a 'Turina fan', though there's quite some pieces I don't care for at all. Typically, he writes uncomplicated, tuneful and colorful music without too much depth. Sometimes he just churned them out in his sleep, but when on his best, he can be really impressive. Try AdL's
recording of Sanlucar de Barrameda : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpdMrttxrxI[/quote]

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The first one is wonderful, though... it sounds to me like the one in which the composer is writing music and not thinking of what the audience reaction will be. And it sounds so Spanish.
Strange you single out no.1. To me, this holds for all of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Turina - Femmes de Seville, Op.89
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Hi Chris,

These are very effective pieces that are colorful and convincing given your fine playing. I think Turina composed these wonderful caricatures in a way that brings out all the contrasts among them. Occasionally I hear shades of French impressionism too. Thanks for posting them.

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Thanks David !

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Not completely my cup of tea, but they are played with conviction and that makes a difference. Some interesting harmonies. I rather liked no.2 and the mood contrast with the l.h. staccato passages. The final one was an exciting and good way to finish!


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Thanks, I'm happy to hear they sound convincing even to someone who isn't really into this kind of music :) I sure am convinced that this is good and pleasant music, if not exactly great in the league of Granados, Albeniz or Falla. Turina knew his limitations, and effectively made the most of it, occasionally surpassing himself to produce music of real seep and grandeur.

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