Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canaries

 
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GUSTAVO DIAZ-JEREZ
Maghek: Seven Symphonic Poems about the Canaries
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Eduardo Portal

[ Signum / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 13 March 2020

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Gustavo Díaz-Jerez is one of the leading composers and pianists in Spain. His compositional output spans all genres, from solo works to opera. His works have been premiered by prestigious ensembles and orchestras. His orchestral work Ymarxa, commissioned by the XXVII Canary Islands Music Festival, was premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. In 2018, his first opera was premiered, La casa imaginaria. This album represents the culmination of more than ten years of compositional work. A unique endeavour in the history of music in the Canary Islands, it comprises seven symphonic poems - almost two and a half hours of music - which evoke the landscapes and natural beauty of the Canaries. The cycle takes its name, Maghek ("the one who creates brightness"), from the sun-goddess of the Guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Each piece is inspired by a specific locale on a different island; some resurrect forgotten stories. Naturalistic tonal painting (the sea, the wind, the rugged scenery) is a constant feature throughout the cycle.

"I hope I have sufficiently conveyed my admiration for the RSNO's superb playing on these discs. Much of the credit for this must be attributed to the conductor Eduardo Portal. Given that the recording of these seven big new works took place over a brief four day window last September, fastidious preparation on his part must have been key; the orchestra's response to what must have been unfamiliar music speaks for itself. The entire package represents a real triumph for the adventurous folk at Signum Records" MusicWeb Recommended June 2020

Tracks:

Ymarxa (Tenerife) - for orchestra
Ayssuragan (La Palma) - Symphonic Poem for Clarinet and Orchestra
Guanapay (Lanzarote) - Symphonic Poem for Piano and Orchestra
Chigaday (La Gomera) - for orchestra
Azaenegue (Gran Canaria) - for orchestra
Erbane (Fuerteventura) - for orchestra
Aranfaybo (El Hierro) - for orchestra