★ 音響論壇總編輯劉漢盛「復刻黑膠嚴選 100」強力推薦！
世界首見的吉他四重奏團 — 羅梅洛四重奏，以絕佳的默契以及完美的詮釋，堪稱自吉他耆老塞戈維亞以降永恆的教父級團體。唱片中收錄了西班牙作曲家羅德利果破天荒為該團寫出樂史上第一首四把吉他演奏的「安達魯茲協奏曲」，「阿蘭輝茲協奏曲」更是耳熟能詳的吉他經典。片中完美流暢的音樂性與渾厚飽滿的音色，呈現出羅梅洛家族無人能出其右的西班牙傳統神韻。
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, Concierto Andaluz – Pepe Romero and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
The frenetic applause with which both the public and the experts greeted the Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, composed in 1940, is certainly astounding – one would have thought that 20th-century music was dominated chiefly by composers of twelve-tone music and the avantguardists. Rodrigo, however, remained faithful to the Classical three-movement form, employed a late-Romantic orchestral colouring, and followed in the tradition of Spanish composers who, perhaps more than any others, won their inspiration from the folkmusic of their native country.
The whole work is full of the exotic magic of Spanish folkmusic, whereby the rhythmic drive of the first movement – reminiscent of clicking castanets – is particularly fascinating. Fortunately not only the composer but also the conductor and orchestra have taken care that the gentle tones produced by the world famous guitarist Pepe Romero are clearly to be heard.
In addition, the listener is treated to a performance of the rarely recorded Concierto Andaluz for four guitars, composed in 1967. Once again the Romeros demonstrate that they are not only amazingly virtuosic musicians but are also worthy dedicatees of this unique work.
Last but not least, PHILIPS balance engineers have produced a superb recording: Rodrigo himself was absolutely delighted with it – and this opinion one can well endorse.
Recording: July / August 1978 by Wilhelm Hellweg / Production: Wilhelm Hellweg