HORACIO SALINAS (b.1951): Danzas Peregrinas for Guitar, Charango, Clarinet (also playing Kena, Sicus, Mandolin and Recorder) and Orchestra (Horacio Durán [charango], Richard Harvey [other instruments]), English Chamber Orchestra), ROSS EDWARDS (b.1943): Arafura Dances for Guitar and String Orchestra (ECO), STEPHEN GOSS (b.1964): Guitar Concerto (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
Catalogue Number: 09Q081
Label: JCW Recordings
Description: Salinas' pieces are orchestral versions of characteristic Chilean dances originally written for the group Inti-Illimani. They alternate infectious, irresistible dance rhythms and melodies of exquisite, heartfelt melody, scored for three soloists - a multi-instrumentalist and an Andean lute alongside the guitar. Edwards' concerto likewise incorporates traditional elements - in this case, a combination of Australian and southeast Asian cultures and the guitar's Spanish heritage, lending the work an indefinably exotic flavor, with modal inflections to its warmly appealing tonal vocabulary. The work is cast in three movements, a reflective, lazily sun-drenched adagio framed by two livelier, dancing ones. The Goss is also an attractive, tonal work, with some gently jazzy inflections to the first movement and a Latin flavor to the energetic finale, while the slow movement is a gently pastoral melodic 'Homage to Elgar' which alludes to a very famous work of that composer. John Williams (guitar), Paul Daniel (conductor).