J. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (III)


Joaquín Clerch

To the south of Madrid, on the way to Andalusia, stands the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, a city of Italian inspiration built in the sixteenth century by King Felipe II, and kept as Spring Royal Residence until 1870. Significant events in the history of Spain occurred here, such as the abdication of Carlos IV in favour of his son Fernando VII. During all that time, gardens and tree-lined streets continued to be added, to the point where Aranjuez represents the perfection of Nature, ordered by man. It is hardly a surprise that when Joaquín Rodrigo (1902-1999), the sightless composer trained in Paris, visited the Royal Seat in 1933 on his honeymoon, he should be captivated by the fragrance of magnolias, the song of the birds and the splash of the fountains.


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Joaquín Clerch

Joaquín Clerch is an uncommonly gifted musician. His playing is technically outstanding and highly poetic, and his intellectual capacity for understanding the problems of early music performance is extraordinary.” Nikolaus Harnoncourt Joaquín Clerch has won many important guitar competitions: Andres Segovia competition in Granada, the Heitor Villa-Lobos competition in Rio de Janeiro, Printemps de la Guitare in Brussels and the ARD competition in Munich. He has played in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Palacio de la Música (Barcelona), Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada), Teatro Nacional (Havana), Cemal Resit Rey (Istanbul), Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne), Brucknerhaus (Linz), Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Münchener Philharmonie (Munich), Radio France (Paris), Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing) and Konzerthaus (Vienna). He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as: the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sinfónica Nacional de España, Nacional de Cuba, Filarmónica de Bogotá, Stuttgarter Philharmonie, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, National du Capitole de Toulouse and Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. With the latter he made the world premiere recording of two guitar concertos dedicated to him by Leo Brouwer (Concierto de la Habana, 1998) and Carlos Fariñas (Concierto, 1996). Both composers were teachers of Joaquín Clerch. Joaquín Clerch is also in demand for performances of chamber music with Ruggiero Ricci, Eliot Fisk, Anthony Spiri, Gunter Teuffel… Since 1999, Joaquín Clerch has held a professorship of guitar at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf.

Hispanian Symphony Orchestra

The Hispanian Symphony Orchestra is a group created by Drop Artist artistic representation agency with the aim of spreading the music all over the world, specially the Spanish music. Supported exclusively at private expense, the HSO is a major change in the philosophy of the Spanish orchestras, moving closer to a European model of self-financing, which forced to compete in quality with other formations. Quality which is shown with reviews of his concerts. On his next tour, the HSO with the Master Enrique García Asensio, will accompany the guitarist Vicente Amigo on a new orchestral show that includes works of his album “Poet” and “Earth”. A tour that begins on December 6 in Manuel de Falla Auditorium in Granada and goes across the main Spanish audiences. Indeed the Hispanian Symphony Orchestra has its own series of concerts at the “Auditorio Nacional de Madrid” with the participation of soloists as Ruben Simeó, Esteban Batallán, Ambrosio Valero, Jesus Reina, Alberto Martos, or Joaquín Clerh. Enrique Garcia Asensio Master is appointed Honorary Director of the HSO by the management of it due to the great work done over the years with the orchestra and his international career of merit. Also the Maestro Josep Vicent, who is heir of Zubien Metha in front of the World Orchestra, was appointed principal guest conductor.

Enrique García Asensio

Born in Valencia, Enrique García Asensio studied music at the Royal Senior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, graduating in Violin, Chamber Music, Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Composition. Aged 11, he was violinist in the Conservatory Orchestra, where he would eventually become Leader and later Conductor. In 1959, he won the “Ataulfo Argenta” scholarship to study orchestral conducting at the Senior School of Music in Munich. In 1962, he received the RAI young orchestral conductors prize, in 1963 the Siena Rotary Club prize, in 1967 First Prize and Gold Medal in the “Dimitri Mitropoulos” International Orchestral Conducting Competition in New York, the “Best Orchestral Conductor” prize from the Madrid Opera season in the Zarzuela Theatre, the “Charles Cros” Paris Academy Prize for a Zarzuela recording with Teresa Berganza and the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO), and the “1991 Recording Performance” Prize established by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Enrique García Asensio has conducted virtually all Spanish orchestras. Chief Conductor of the Orchestra of the Philharmonic Society of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Chief Conductor of the Valencia Municipal Orchestra, Chief Conductor, won on examination, of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. In 1970, he competed for and won the Chair of Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Senior Conservatory of Music in Madrid. He pursues his international professional activity in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Japan, Iceland, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Israel, Russia, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, England, Portugal, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He has an extensive discography, recorded in Spain and England. He has been assistant to maestro Celibidache at his international courses in Bologna and Munich, and in classes at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, 1960-63. He has given Orchestral Conducting courses in Santo Domingo, Lasi and Bucharest in Romania and Kerkrade in the Netherlands. He has taught many courses in Spain: Toledo, Madrid, Valencia and Granada.