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Joaqufn Turina: Jardins d'Andalousie; Le Quartier de Santa Cruz; Las musas de Andalucia; En el cortijo ()

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Catalonian pianist Jordi Mas= has been working his way through the voluminous and largely ignored piano output of composer Joaqufn Turina, grouping them in loosely related categories. This release, the eighth in the series (about the halfway point), is representative of the whole. Turina's works are often pictorial, with all four works here referring to Turina's home region of Andalusia. The references may be quite specifically evocative: the theme of Le Quartier de Santa Cruz (Variations rhythmiques), Op. 33, suggests, as annotator Justo Romero notes, the labyrinth of streets in the old city of Santa Cruz. Turina's works are certainly full of Spanish colors, but, especially during the 1920s (the decade of origin for the Jardins d'Andalousie, Op. 31, as well as Le Quartier de Santa Cruz), the pictorialism is matched by structural rigor. The biggest model in Turina's musical universe is not a Spaniard at all but Ravel, and anyone who likes that master should sample "Au jardin des Capucins" (track 2),... Hide synopsis

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