José Arriola: Orchestral Music

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This is the first recording of works by José Arriola, Spanish composer, who lived from 1895 till 1954.

Composer: José Arriola
Artistis: Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Maximino Zumalave (conductor)

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These are the first-ever recordings of music composed by José (Pepito) Arriola, whose works are virtually unknown. Born in Betanzos in the northern Spanish region of Galicia in 1895, Arriola was a celebrated child prodigy known at the time as a ‘Galician Mozart’, who dazzled audiences across Europe and American with his piano-playing.

Most of Arriola’s work was lost when his home in Berlin was destroyed during the Second World War. The manuscripts for the three concertos and two song-cycles presented here were discovered just a few years ago, and mysteriously vanished almost as soon as they had been photocopied for dissemination. They were composed in the final decade of Arriola’s life: in 1946 he settled in Barcelona, where he lived quietly until his death in 1954.

Arriola’s music belongs to the second golden age of Spanish music, that of Albéniz, Granados, Turina and Falla (and, a little later, Joaquín Rodrigo), flavoured by nationalism and the rich Spanish folk tradition, along with a verismo that concerned itself with the ordinary people of Spain and their suffering (as mirrored in Carmen, or Candela in El amor brujo). Yet in common with other post-Romantic composers, Arriola sought out a world of vanished beauty, experimenting with colour, texture, unusual tonal combinations and harmony full of colour, sensuality and emotion.

As a student in Leipzig, Arriola had been taught by Richard Strauss, and his teacher’s influence may be heard to positive effect in both the soaring vocal lines of the Tres textos cervantinos and the transplanted Classical idiom of the Horn Concerto. The piano-writing in the Concertino and Divertimento concertante is more compact and Stravinskian, while two songs from the cycle of Seis poesías de Antonio Machado disclose yet another, more impassioned facet of Arriola’s style.
Track list:
00:00:00 José Arriola: Concertino: I. Allegro ma non troppo
00:09:54 José Arriola: Concertino: II. Largo
00:19:44 José Arriola: Concertino: III. Allegretto
00:26:07 José Arriola: Divertimento concertante: I. Allegro ritmico – Vivo e scherzando – Moderato appassionato
00:46:21 José Arriola: Divertimento concertante: II. Lento
00:52:52 José Arriola: Divertimento concertante: III. Presto
00:59:14 José Arriola: Seis poesías de Antonio Machado: VII. La aurora asomaba
01:03:44 José Arriola: Seis poesías de Antonio Machado: VIII. La primavera besaba
01:06:58 José Arriola: Seis poesías de Antonio Machado: IX. Epílogo
01:08:05 José Arriola: Tres textos cervantinos: I. Aquí lloró Don Quijote
01:16:50 José Arriola: Tres textos cervantinos: II. Mal me guardareis
01:21:18 José Arriola: Tres textos cervantinos: III. Marinero soy de amor
01:25:56 José Arriola: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra: I. Deciso
01:39:05 José Arriola: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra: II. Andante calmo
01:49:24 José Arriola: Concerto for Horn and Orchestra: III. Allegro ma non troppo

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