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Who did the best Concerto de Aranjuez recording?

post #1 of 15
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Hey all!

I found some time ago the Concerto de Aranjuez by Joachim Rodrigo on the internet, and listened to Paco de Lucia's version on youtube for quite a while. I recently bought a cd box-set which had the tune (or the first 20 mins of it, I'm not sure how long it is), but the recording quality is quite poor. Do you guys know what recording of the Concerto is the best, performance and mastering-wise?
post #2 of 15
I've been enjoying the unorthodox versions of this, like the Miles Davis and the Chet Baker with Paul Desmond recordings.
For the more traditional classical guitar version, I have enjoyed Pepe Romero and also the Kaori Muraji concert DVDs. I would imagine John Williams or Julian Bream would also have a well recorded album.
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My favorite by far is Siegfried Behrend on guitar with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Reinhard Peters, recorded in 1960.

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f9/loo...ml#post3208238
post #5 of 15
for me it's Miles Davis... and Julian Bream - two outstanding interpretations
post #6 of 15
Great question OP. I love Breams and like his interpretation, but I have one I like more. I just don't remember the guitarist.

Obviously, Sketches of Spain is incredible...
post #7 of 15
The most sought after interpretation of this concerto is the one performed by Regino Sainz de la Maza, the Concerto was dedicated to him. It is said to be the best, but I have not heard it myself.

There are many recordings of this work, the one I like the most, is by Narciso Yepes, followed by Julian Bream. I don't like John Williams or Christopher Parkening interpretation much, they are technically sound, they just don't appeal to me.
post #8 of 15
2X on the above posts.

Essential Guitar:33 Masterpieces Decca B000069KIT has a very nice recording with Pepe Romano - this compilation is a bargain

MOFI still has 'Jim Hall - Concierto Ultradisc UHR™ SACD Hybrid' with Chet Baker and Paul Desmond - this is one of my favorites - the sound quality is excellent!
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by MarconiSalad View Post
2X on the above posts.

Essential Guitar:33 Masterpieces Decca B000069KIT has a very nice recording with Pepe Romano - this compilation is a bargain

MOFI still has 'Jim Hall - Concierto Ultradisc UHR™ SACD Hybrid' with Chet Baker and Paul Desmond - this is one of my favorites - the sound quality is excellent!
x2 on the Jim Hall recording. It's absolutely beautiful.

Tommy Emmanuel also has a couple of interesting versions as well.
post #10 of 15
In contrast to jsbach, I really enjoy John Williams on Sony or Chris Parkening on EMI. Come to think of it, I doubt that there exists a "bad" version of this beautiful music. But the Miles Davis version, previously unknown to me, might me the exception. I really don't like jazz musicians taking classical works and jazzing them up.
post #11 of 15
I think the melody lends itself very well to instruments like the trumpet and alto sax. IMO, the increased sustain these intruments have over the guitar lets the melody sing. Its not like they have done a be-bop improvised version and completely changed the mood of the piece, but everyones tastes are different of course
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 

Christmas

Sketches of Spain is already under the tree for me . I couldn't find any info on Regino Sainz de la Maza, but wikipedia linked him to Antonio Membrado, a famous spanish guitarist. Maybe he's the one who played on the original recording of the Concerto?
post #13 of 15
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The most sought after interpretation of this concerto is the one performed by Regino Sainz de la Maza, the Concerto was dedicated to him. It is said to be the best, but I have not heard it myself.

There are many recordings of this work, the one I like the most, is by Narciso Yepes, followed by Julian Bream. I don't like John Williams or Christopher Parkening interpretation much, they are technically sound, they just don't appeal to me.
Yepes and Bream are both outstanding!
post #14 of 15
I second, or is it fourth?, the Yepes recommendation. Actually, other recordings sound better, but his musical charisma makes his a first choice for me. I also agree that I've never heard a truly bad recording. If sound quality is crucial, I like the Bonnel recording with Dutoit, the first one I heard.
post #15 of 15

Just been researching this to find a Cello version for HiFi Wigwam inquiry!

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of versions including ones for Pan Pipes, Oud, Pump Organ, ....Baby Relaxation!

 

Obviously you have to draw a distinction between variations, as in Jazz versions, and as-it's written versions.

Personally I like the Spanish versions best, closer to that Flamenco mentality, so Paco de Lucia is good and I like Narciso Yepes.

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