New Recordings Feature Francisco Coll's Turia, Les Plaisirs Illuminés, and LalulaLied
Jan. 01, 2021
In December 2020, BIS Records released an exciting disc of works for guitar and orchestra which includes Francisco Coll's five-movement concerto for guitar and ensemble, Turia performed by guitarist Jacob Kellermann, with the Norbotten NEO, conducted by Christian Karlsen, and Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez featuring Jacob Kellermann as soloist, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under Christian Karlsen's baton. Turia references a dried-out river that once flowed through Coll's (and Joaquín Rodrigo's) hometown of Valencia -- a thematic connection between these two very different works. The recording, which also includes music by Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, and Pete Harden, was named "2020 Album of the Year" by the Swedish publication, Dagens Nyheter.
Of Turia, Francisco Coll notes:
"As a child, I used to walk in this unusual river, full of light, flowers and people. I always thought that one day I would write the music of this river. When I was approached with this commission, I immediately knew that this was my opportunity to write a piece for guitar and ensemble with Spanish luminosity. This soundscape evokes the light and the respective shadows of my country."
(Turia: II. Quarter Note = 120/Francisco Coll/Jacob Kellermann, guitar/Norrbotten NEO/Christian Karlsen, conductor)
Additionally, on January 15, Alpha Classics will release a new disc featuring Francisco Coll's Les Plaisirs Illuminésand
LalulaLied. The disc marks Francisco Coll's recording debut as a composer/conductor. Performers include Sol Gabetta and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with Camerata Bern.
Les Plaisirs Illuminés is a double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra, and the title was inspired by Dalí’s painting of the same name. The piece is rooted in Spanish traditions, including flamenco, yet is resolutely modern. Patricia Kopatchinskaja notes, "Its music is very lively rhythmically, it dances and sings – but at the same time it is very abrupt, always in search of extremes".
(Francisco Coll's LalulaLied performed by Patricia Kopatchinskaja and members of Camerata Bern)
To learn more about Francisco Coll, visit: fabermusic.com.
for guitar and ensemble
Les Plaisirs Illuminés (2018)
concerto for violin, cello, and small orchestra
1(including low B foot joint).1(very small slide whistle).1(bcl).contraforte(ossia cbn - low A required)-perc-pno-str(188.8.131.52.1)
duet for violin & voice and double bass