This recording is an important contribution to the understanding of the history of the symphony in Spain and gives us the opportunity to experience this beautiful music. The Córdoba Orchestra has been planning to record these works for several years and the symphonies have been rigorously transcribed.
Catalan guitarist Jose Luis Monton made a vital contribution to Amina Alaoui’s Arco Iris. During the session, producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Monton solo project was essential for ECM. This stunning album recorded in Lugano last year is a major artistic statement. The program of Monton compositions draws upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco. One of the label’s finest solo guitar albums.
José-Luis Martín. Catedrático de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Autor de numerosos libros y artículos entre los que destacan Orígenes de la Orden Militar de Santiago, La Península en la Edad Media, Evolución económica de la Península Ibérica (Siglos VI-XIII), …
Grandson of the great Joaquín Turina, one of the key figures of early twentieth century Spanish musical nationalism, José Luis Turina (Madrid, 1952) has, along with a variety of management tasks, pursued a brilliant musical career making him one of the most outstanding names of the eclectic generation of composers born in this country during the nineteen-fifties. Portrait is, above all, a tribute, a sincere and well-deserved homage to an exceptional composer …..
Catalan guitarist José Luis Montón (born in Barcelona in 1962) made a vital contribution to singer Amina Alaoui’s “Arco Iris” (ECM 2180) and during the session producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Montón solo project would be highly appropriate for ECM. Thus this extraordinary disc, recorded in Lugano last year. It’s a major artistic statement. With its programme of Montón compositions drawing upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco, making connections also to classical tradition, it can at once take its place alongside the label’s finest solo guitar albums.