Influencias: Ravel, Toldrà, Turina, Cuarteto Casals (released 2007)
|Also by Cuarteto Casals:|
Debussy / Zemlinsky, Quartets (2005)
Mozart, Early String Quartets and Divertimenti (2005)
Arriaga, Quartets (2003)
The final track is devoted to Joaquin Turina's Oración del torero, a programmatic work from 1925 depicting the nervous prayer of a bullfighter in the chapel before the corrida. The echoes of the pasodoble, the march-like music often played in the arena, are heard in alternation with the calm, sweet sounds of meditation. Originally composed for lute quartet -- a version I would love to hear sometime -- this version for string quartet would make a nice, if substantial (8'26") encore piece. Just as with their definitive recording of the string quartets of Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, the "Spanish Mozart," the Cuarteto Casals has again distinguished their latest disc by an original choice of repertoire, as well as skilled and sensitive playing.
Harmonia Mundi Ibèrica HMI 987072
Marc Geelhoed reviewed this disc the day after I did, for Time Out Chicago.