Keith Clark + CSR Symphony Orchestra – Spanish Festival (1988)

FrontCover1Spain excersised a curious fascination over the nationalist composers of the ninenteenth century, with a particular appeal, in Russia, a country that was finding again it´s ohn identity in literature and music, after the Westerninisation initiated by Peter the Great. (taken orm the original liner notes).

And here is a really fine example of such compositions … all had the aim of approaching Spanish music, taking into account the folklore music there.

This album was recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (CSR), conducted by Keith Clark:

Keith Clark studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and Tanglewood, was awarded diplomas and the conducting prize from the Chigiana Academy in Italy, and received his PhD degree with honors in composition from the University of California Los Angeles. From Vienna’s Musikverein to the Royal Philharmonic Hall and from Lucerne to Los Angeles, Keith Clark has appeared widely as conductor of orchestras and opera.

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He has participated in the Vienna, Bucharest and Siena Festivals as both conductor and composer, conducted on BBC, Austrian, Hungarian and Netherlands radio and television, and performed and recorded as conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Following nearly ten years abroad, he returned to California as founding music director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and in five years has brought the orchestra to national prominence. (Press release)

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The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Slovak: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu), previously known as Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and CSR Symphony Orchestra, is a symphony radio orchestra based in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Founded in 1929 to serve Slovak Radio, the orchestra became particularly associated with the music of Slovak composers, notably Alexander Moyzes, Eugen Suchoň and Ján Cikker.

Chief conductors of the orchestra have included Krešimir Baranović, Ľudovít Rajter, Ladislav Slovák, Václav Jiráček, Otakar Trhlík, Bystrík Režucha, Ondrej Lenárd (1977–90), Róbert Stankovský (1990–2001), Charles Olivieri-Munroe (2001–03), Oliver von Dohnányi (2006–07), and Mario Kosik. in 2019, Ondrej Lenárd was installed as the chief conductor.

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The orchestra has become well known abroad through its broadcasts and recordings, particularly for the Naxos Records label. (wikipedia)

Liten to this wonderful compositions and enjoy it !


The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Keith Clark



Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–94):
01. España 6.00

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (1842-1912): Le Cid (Balet Music):
02. Castillane 2.56
03. Andalouse 2.48
04. Aragonaise 1.42
05. Aubade 1.10
06. Catalane 2.59
07. Madrilene 4.14
08. Navarraise 3.07

Jules Emile Frederic Massenet (1842-1912): Don César de Bazan:
09. Sévillana 2.14

Edward William Elgar (1857–1934):
10. Sévillana 4.28

Rimsky Korsakov (1844–1908): Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34:
11. Alborada 1.10
12. Variations 7.17
13. Alborada  1.04
14. Scena E Canto Gitano 4.49
15. Fandango Asturiano 3.17

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804–1857):
16. Summer Night In Madrid 9.16
17. Capriccio brillante on the Jota Aragonese 8.53