Joaquín Rodrigo

Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra

    Description by Allen Schrott

    The Concierto de Aranjuez was Joaquín Rodrigo's first attempt in the concerto genre; it quickly became, and has subsequently remained, the most popular and recognizable of his works. Written for solo guitar and orchestra, it reveals the composer's great affinity for those two mediums, as well as his reverence for the long-standing traditions of Spanish Classical music. It was composed after Rodrigo's return to Madrid from France (he fled the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War) in 1939, and premiered there to great success in 1940.

    Aside from its overt references to Spanish folk music and straightforward lyrical disposition, the Concierto de Aranjuez is notable for the way in which Rodrigo managed to wed the relatively small voice of the solo guitar to that of the full orchestra. His writing is extremely idiomatic for both guitar and orchestra, and one leaves a hearing of the work with the impression that writing for the two together is quite natural; the guitar never seems overmatched or out of its element. Rodrigo's orchestration is simple, clear, and yet interesting: at times he creates a dialog between soloist and ensemble, and at others he manages to turn them together into one giant guitar -- an extremely imaginative and successful effect. Rodrigo also creates distinctive colors by combining the guitar with other solo instruments, such as the bassoon.

    The opening movement (Allegro con Spirito) is primarily constructed from a single rhythmic motive, introduced at the outset by the solo guitar. This is later combined with a number of more lyrical themes, all of which are reminiscent of Spanish folk song. The mood turns melancholy in the second movement (Adagio), as the soloist accompanies a solo English horn with simple chords. The guitar eventually takes up this theme against an urgent orchestral background. As with the opening movement, the soloist introduces the main idea of the finale -- a rather swaying and gentle melody; this theme becomes the basis for a long "conversation" involving many different solo instruments.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Allegro con spirito
    2. Adagio
    3. Allegro gentile

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Aparte AP 113
    2016 Naxos 8573542
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795467 GX5
    2016 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2016 Signum Classics SIGCD 444
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646480401
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646453993
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music 309294
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795448
    2015 IBS Classical IBC 82014
    2015 Warner Classics 5054196350550
    2015 PentaTone Classics PTC 5186209
    2015 ABC Classics ABC 4812231
    2015 NorWin Records 071
    2015 Naxos 8573441
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 002894795229
    2014 Warner Classics 2564624364
    2014 Decca 4810811
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon B 002003902
    2014 Mercury
    2014 Decca
    2014 Decca
    2014 RCA Red Seal 88843006072
    2014 SLG Records
    2013 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099973530
    2013 EMI Classics
    2013 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2013 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4791118
    2013 Helicon Classics HEL 029662
    2013 Sony Classical 88883746962
    2012 Loreley LY 050
    2012 Decca / Mercury Living Presence 001653302
    2012 EMI Music Distribution
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 Decca
    2012 Decca 4783362
    2012 ABC Classics 4806461
    2012 Concerto / Zebralution
    2011 Liberty / Virgin Classics 5099908341228
    2011 Mel Bay CHR 004
    2011 Decca
    2011 Signum Classics SIGCD244
    2011 Sony Classical 8869769054
    2011 Decca
    2011 Dynamic / IDIS IDIS 6620
    2011 Warner Classics 2564671885
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / RPO 15
    2010 Denon Records
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 RCA Red Seal 88697316212
    2010 Alto / Musical Concepts 1090
    2010 Decca
    2010 RPO / Sheridan 28200
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Decca
    2010 Decca
    2010 Sony Classical 7715022
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4802696
    2009 Haenssler 98598
    2009 Sony Music Distribution 8869756166
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Harmonia Mundi 501764
    2009 EMI Classics
    2009 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099923768
    2009 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 ABC Classics 4763627
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921524
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921750
    2008 Thorofon Classics / Zebralution
    2008 Decca 4780192
    2008 Galleria 439526
    2008 Sony Music Distribution 37848
    2008 Decca 0010413
    2008 Decca 4780217
    2008 Decca 4780076
    2008 Decca Music Group Ltd.
    2007 Forlane 16757
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Brilliant Classics 8395
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 Naïve 5127
    2007 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4777328
    2007 Naïve 5111
    2007 L'Empreinte Digitale 13074
    2007 Classics for Pleasure
    2007 Philips 4758248
    2007 Teldec
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 477 5470
    2006 Universal
    2006 Naxos 8555843
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2006 Arte Nova 516240
    2006 Madacy Distribution TC 252371
    2006 Denon Records COZ-17613
    2006 St. Clair 5092/20
    2005 Opus 111 99047
    2005 Figaro Recordings 99276
    2005 EMI Classics
    2005 EMI Classics 5869882
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 54661
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000400402
    2005 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2005 RCA Red Seal 67889
    2005 Fazer / Finlandia
    2005 Concerto 2028
    2005 Erato / Virgin Classics 7243482001
    2005 Erato / Warner Classics
    2005 ABC Classics 4768072
    2005 Warner Classics 60296
    2005 Novalis 150717
    2005 Castle Pulse PLSCD 740
    2005 Philips 4756360
    2005 Brilliant 7562
    2004 Doremi Records 7804
    2004 Delta Distribution 16391
    2004 Marquis Records 81305
    2004 Mercury 000339636
    2004 Sony Classical 92610
    2004 Rca Red Seal 60870
    2004 Universal Classics 000174202
    2004 St. Clair 31312
    2003 St. Clair 4266
    2003 St. Clair 4270
    2003 ASV CDDCA 1089
    2003 London/Decca / Decca 000130902
    2003 Decca 472847
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 474 666-2
    2003 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 40043
    2003 Harmonia Mundi 901764
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 474174
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 85063
    2003 Sony Music Distribution 90381
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4590292
    2002 Basic / Basic Theater JD 12142
    2002 Delta Distribution 14587
    2002 Egrem 0373
    2002 Decca 470 477-2
    2002 DG Deutsche Grammophon 439171
    2002 Naxos 8555841
    2002 Arte Nova 51624
    2002 Virgin Classics / Angel Records / Virgin 62075
    2001 T-Rax B41
    2001 Eclectra 2055
    2001 Unesco 707232
    2001 Valois 4815
    2001 Sony Music 61716
    2001 Virgin Classics 59024
    2001 Madacy 3514
    2000 Delta Distribution 24470
    2000 Guild 7176
    2000 Virgin 61627
    2000 DG Deutsche Grammophon / Universal 469 190-2GP2
    2000 D Classics 70591
    2000 T-Rax 30
    2000 IMP Classics 2035
    2000 Amadis 7139
    2000 Tring 050
    2000 DG Deutsche Grammophon 469629
    2000 Laserlight 55562
    2000 Haenssler 98349
    1999 Belart/Karussell 450028
    1999 Decca 460638
    1998 GHA 126025
    1998 London 455364
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 459 068-2GCC10
    1998 Grünenthal GCD98
    1998 Chandos 9604
    1998 Philips 462 296-2PM2
    1998 Koch Schwann 315362
    1998 Intersound 2820
    1998 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4579342
    1997 London 452585
    1997 Analekta 3082
    1997 Finlandia 18915
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 56175
    1997 Telarc Distribution 80459
    1997 Arts Music 47358
    1996 RCA Gold Seal 68428
    1996 Mercury 434369
    1996 Naxos 504008
    1996 Laserlight 15929
    1996 Laserlight 14297
    1996 RCA 33705
    1995 Thorofon 2171
    1995 Claves 509516
    1995 Madacy 1608
    1995 Seraphim UK 568532
    1995 Decca 448243
    1995 ASV 887
    1995 Opus 3 8302
    1994 RCA 902661605
    1994 RCA 61598
    1994 Philips 442392
    1994 Naxos 550729
    1994 Philips 438016
    1993 EMI Music Distribution 67600
    1993 CBC Records 5066
    1993 RCA 61723
    1993 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics CDC-54665
    1992 Philips 432828
    1992 Sony Music Distribution 48168
    1992 Naxos 550220
    1992 EMI Music Distribution 67435
    1991 CBS Records 45610
    1991 RCA 6525
    1991 London 430703
    1990 DG Deutsche Grammophon 429 232-2GH
    1989 CBS Records 45648
    1989 Kubaney 196
    1989 Laserlight 15602
    1989 CBS Records 44791
    1988 EMI Music Distribution 47693
    1985 CBS Records 36717
    1985 DG Deutsche Grammophon 415349
    1984 Philips 411440
    1983 CBS Records 33208
    JFG Music 103
    Philips 442356
    Cetra 2035
    Sony Music Distribution 52517
    EMI 69832
    Collins Records 30612
    Lydian 18139
    RCA 71675
    BMG 0902661583
    DG Deutsche Grammophon 437615
    Collins Records 7005
    Supraphon 1563
    IMP Classics 859
    BBC Music Magazine 11
    Philips 420714
    GME Recordings 222
    Supraphon 111563
    Virgin 791192
    Brilliant 7562/2
    Madacy 52562
    Winterthur
    Pickwick 11014
    Musical Heritage Society 5187033
    Panton Records 811210
    RCA Victor 39804
    Forlane 16733
    Spartacus 21030