Rodrigo: Guitar Concertos & Baroque Guitar Concertos (2CD)

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Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

The Rodrigo Guitar Concertos are widely recognised as some of the most popular guitar concertos of all time. Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, along with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, bring this vibrant work alive in a critically acclaimed recording admired by Joaquín Rodrigo’s own daughter as one of the most significant recordings of her father’s music.

“I am delighted to receive from guitarist Slava Grigoryan, much admired by me, the great news about the reappearance on the market of the ABC Classics recording that features Joaquín Rodrigo’s three guitar concertos. This is a magnificent way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the premiere of the Concierto de Aranjuez, which took place on 9 November 1940 in Barcelona. I also appreciate the opportunity to express my thanks to the two outstanding guitar soloists, Slava and his brother Leonard, for their masterful performance of Concierto madrigal which is so significant in the world of Joaquín Rodrigo’s compositions.”

So writes Cecilia Rodrigo, only daughter of composer Joaquín Rodrigo, on the occasion of this re-issue of Slava and Leonard Grigoryan’s iconic recording of her father’s music. The album was first released ten years ago to universal acclaim – including an ARIA Award nomination and five-star reviews across the Australian and international press.

In this edition, Rodrigo’s deeply emotional works – a mixture of fiery passion, gentle introspection and profound beauty – are accompanied by a bonus album of Baroque guitar concertos, including favourites by Vivaldi and Handel. These critically acclaimed recordings feature Slava and Leonard Grigoryan with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey.

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CD1: Rodrigo Guitar Concertos (Originally released on ABC Classics 4768072)

1-3 Concierto de Aranjuez

4-7 Fantasía para un gentilhombre

8-17 Concierto madrigal

Slava Grigoryan guitar 1-3, 8-17 • Leonard Grigoryan guitar 4-6, 8-17

Queensland Symphony Orchestra • Brett Kelly conductor


CD2 (Bonus disc): Baroque Guitar Concertos (Originally released on ABC Classics 4765948)

1-3 VIVALDI (arr. Malipiero) Concerto in G major for two guitars, RV532

4-6 VIVALDI (arr. Pujol) Concerto in A major, RV82

7-9 VIVALDI (arr. Behrend) Concerto in D major, RV93

10-12 HANDEL (arr. Grigoryan) Concerto in B-flat major for two guitars, HWV294

13-17 WEISS (arr. Behrend / Grigoryan) Concerto in D minor for guitar and string orchestra

18-20 FASCH (arr. Chiesa) Concerto in D minor

Slava Grigoryan guitar • Leonard Grigoryan guitar 1-3, 10-12

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra • Benjamin Northey conductor

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