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Souvenir d'Espagne

by Quatuor Byron

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Joaquin Turina and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco both carry Spain within them - the former because he was born there, the latter through his Spanish ancestors, exiled long before him. The Byron Quartet bring together four of their works shot through with Hispanic musical reminiscences - Turina's youthful de la guitarra quartet, his Oración del torero (the “bullfighter's prayer”) and his mature Serenata, with on Castelnuovo-Tedesco's side his Quintet with Guitar and its movement “Souvenir d’Espagne” (“A Spanish souvernir”). Just like the country that inspired them, each of these pieces stands at the crossroads of diverse influences, mingling d'Indy, Franck, Debussy, Schubert, Ravel, Andalusian music, flamenco... and of course the guitar, whose spirit runs through the whole programme, including the Quintet.

Joaquin Turina et Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco portent tous deux l’Espagne en eux : le premier car il y est né, le second de par ses ancêtres, exilés espagnols de très longue date. Le Quatuor Byron réunit quatre de leurs œuvres habitées par les réminiscences musicales hispaniques : le quatuor de jeunesse “de la guitarra” de Turina, son Oración del torero (“la prière du torero”) et sa Serenata de maturité, auxquelles répond le Quintette avec guitare de Castelnuovo-Tedesco et son mouvement “Souvenir d’Espagne”. Tout comme le pays qui les inspire, chacune de ces pièces se situe au carrefour d’influences diverses, qui mêlent d’Indy, Franck, Debussy, Schubert, Ravel, la musique andalouse, le flamenco… et bien sûr la guitare, dont l’esprit traverse tout le programme jusqu’au Quintette.


released February 10, 2023

Turina Joaquin
Castelnuovo-Tedesco Mario
Quatuor Byron : Ensemble String Quartet



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French classical music label, founded in 2009 by producer and sound engineer Nicolas Bartholomée, director of recording studio Little Tribeca.

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