Rodrigo Guitar Works

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Rodrigo Guitar Works

Pedro Rojas-Ogáyar, guitar

The relationship between composers and performers has been a key element in musical creation. This is the case of the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo (Sagunto, Valencia, 1901 – Madrid, 1999), who was acquainted with many prominent guitarists of his time (e.g. Emilio Pujol, Andrés Segovia, Narciso Yepes, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Pepe Romero, to name but a few). As a result of these interactions, one of the most internationally known solo guitar repertoires was created, thus making the guitar thoroughly accepted as a solo instrument with orchestra, with his C oncierto de Aranjuez (1939), Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954), and Concierto madrigal (1966) being some of the best known. These works for guitar and orchestra are the most well-known of his catalogue and Joaquín Rodrigo owes his fame to them. However, in this album, the protagonists are other works, which, despite being less well-known, are no less relevant and have equally exalted the Spanish guitar repertoire. According to the composer himself, his blindness caused by diphtheria at the age of three led him to the path of music. He began studying solfège, violin, and piano at the age of 9. Later on, he began studying harmony and composition. Finally, in 1927, he moved to Paris, where he studied with Paul Dukas for five years. There he met Ravel, Falla, Stravinsky, and Milhaud, as well as his wife, Turkish pianist Victoria Kamhi (Istanbul, 1902 – Madrid, 1997), who was instrumental in making Rodrigo’s work internationally known. (Mercedes Castillo Ferreira)”


Joaquín Rodrigo: En los trigales

Born in Torres, Jaén (Spain). Started his musical education in this city at the Conservatory of Music “Ramón Garay” and after in Seville at the Conservatory of Music “Manuel Castillo” with the professor Antonio Duro. He continued his studies in Málaga with Marco Socías, in Madrid with Pablo Sáinz-Villegas and Berlin with Nora Buschmann. He has received the masterclasses of Pepe Romero, Gerardo Arriaga, Margarita Escarpa, Àlex Garrobé, Frederik Munk, Petri Kumela y Juergen Ruck. His activity as a soloist is around cities of Spain, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdon and Germany. In 2015 recorded a CD with music of Spanish Composers of the the XXth and XXIst Century like Benet Casablancas, Jose María Sánchez-Verdú and Mauricio Sotelo with the label La Mà de Guido and the title of EXCEPCIONES. This work received the gold mention in the Melómano Magazine. He has performed the world premieres of Spanish composers like Alberto Carretero, Sergio Blardony and Nuria Núñez Hierro. Recently, he just recorded his second soloist CD with Joaquín Rodrigo music for the label IBS Classical. His activity as like chamber musician takes part with the soprano Rocío de Frutos and the accordionist Olga Morral. He is the Artistic Director of the Spanish Ensemble Proyecto OCNOS with the clarinetist Gustavo A. Domínguez Ojalvo, they perform in several festivals of Contemporary Music. Recently they performed the world premiere in Rome of chamber opera by Nuria Nuñez Hierro. Actually they work in a new opera production with the music of the composer Germán Alonso.

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