Antonio José: Sinfonia castellana (Castilian Symphony) (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | 1 CD | Complete Scans | 265 MB
Classical/20th Century | Label: Naxos | Cat.: 8557634 | RS/MU
Sadly, this disc apparently contains just about all of the orchestral music that Antonio José wrote. His full name was Antonio José Martínez Palacios, and he was executed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War, just 34 years old. He clearly was a talent to be reckoned with. Sinfonia castellana is gorgeous: a rich amalgam of folk music, impressionistic harmony, and Falla's soulfulness in four ingratiating movements. Its style is similar in character to Debussy's Nocturnes or Images for Orchestra, or perhaps Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and if you love that music (and what sane person doesn't?), you'll have to own this disc as well.