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Spanish Camino Music – Selection No. 5

2020 Camino Guides

gerardcarey

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CFx2, CPx1
Today something to really knock your socks off.

Firstly,
Danzas Espanolas Op.27 – No 11 Oriental. By Enrique Granados (1867–1916)
It was in 1889 that he published his Danzas españolas which brought him international recognition.
Performed here by I Selder & E Lenhartova



Secondly, two interpretations of a piece, perfomed separately by two guitarists, in order to enable comparison of style.
Spanish Romanza The famous Romanza or Spanish Romance (also known as "Jeux Interdits").

Performed firstly by Mariya Ajic

And then an arrangement and performance by Rosalind Beall



So today's lesson is to determine which of the two performances of Romanza you admire most, and why?
Regards
Gerard
 
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donalomahony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
"Camino Frances" 2013, "Burgos to Leon," February 2014 - "Frances" June '14
Thanks for these threads. Love your music choices!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2009), Camino Frances (2012), Via de la Plata (2013) and Camino del Norte planned for May, 2015
This is my music...the Beall performance is MY preferred interpretation. The Ajic performance...the rubato sounds more like hesitation. This is not a difficult piece so the simpler the better sez I. I LOVE this music...but please, do not blast it from your speakers on the camino. To add...the Baell interpretation is in the ball park for Romanza regards tempo and interpretation. Perhaps it is why I prefer it. It is what I know and how I would choose to play it.
 
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Turga

Camino tortuga
Camino(s) past & future
CF (Aug/Sep 2017)
CF (Aug/Sep 2018)
So today's lesson is to determine which of the two performances of Romanza you admire most, and why?
I like the Beall version better because of the variations, the timing and the flow. The Ajic version lacks flow. When performing a piece like this, which is so well known and not technically very challenging, it needs to be perfect with respect to timing and flow, otherwise it will appear almost banal. It is actually one of the first pieces you learn when studying Spanish/classical guitar – I learned it almost fifty years ago when starting on classical guitar.

The Danzas Espanolas is wonderful!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2009), Camino Frances (2012), Via de la Plata (2013) and Camino del Norte planned for May, 2015
I agree! That's why I like the interpretation by John Williams: Simple and nice....

After having listened to several versions, this was the one I used to set my original slide show (first Camino, 2009) to. Presented as a meditation, the simplicity and clarity of this performance was ideal.
 

Hugh Larkin

Perpetual Wanderer
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2014
Sanabria 2018
Pieterpad 2018
Kumano Kodo (202??)
I enjoyed them all. THANK YOU both for sharing! Each evokes memories of different stages of walking, be it the Camino or the Grand Canyon.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Santiago, St Jean to Santuago, 2015
Camino Portuguese, 2018
I agree! That's why I like the interpretation by John Williams: Simple and nice....

I prefer the John Williams version but truly prefer to hear this again VERY rarely. My former husband and I spent a winter in Majorca on our sailboat during which time he bought a very lovely Ramirez guitar and practiced daily in the center of our small living space. It has taken some years for me to become able to enjoy this music.
 

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