Joaquín Turina

Danzas fantásticas, for orchestra (or piano), Op. 22

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    In contrast to his friend and fellow composer Manuel de Falla (six years older), Turina was less interested in mainstream European music and continued to write in the rich, colorful Andalusian style which most often is associated with Spanish music. Danzas fantásticas is a brilliant, wholly Spanish piece and Turina's best-known work (there is also a piano version).

    It is inspired by the novel La orgía by José Mas. The three movements have the following sentences from the book printed above them: (1) "It seemed as if the figures in that incomparable picture were moving inside the claice of a flower." (2) "The guitar's strings sounded the lament of a soul helpless under the weight of bitterness." (3) "The perfume of the flowers merged with the odor of manzanilla, and from the bottom of raised glasses, full of wine incomparable as incense, joy flowed." Each of the dances is in a different style from a different Spanish tradition. The first is a jota from Aragón, the second is a Basque zortziko, and the third is an Andalusian farruca.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Exaltación
    2. Ensueño
    3. Orgia

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 ABC Classics
    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2016 ABC Classics 4814248
    2013 Chandos CHAN 10753
    2013 Newton Classics 8802178
    2011 Decca
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon
    2011 Deutsche Grammophon 4779527
    2010 Decca 4800457
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099962948623
    2009 ABC Classics 4763389
    2009 Cambria 1193
    2008 Harmonia Mundi 1957009
    2008 Regis Records 1299
    2007 Decca
    2005 Koch 7663
    2005 Naxos 8557150
    2004 Urania 269
    2003 Naxos 8 555955
    2001 Telarc Distribution 80574
    2001 Telarc Distribution 60574
    2001 Deutsche Grammophon 469 253-2GP2
    2001 Unesco 707232
    2000 ASV / Living Era 2127
    1999 Dutton Laboratories 1013
    1997 Edicions Albert Moraleda 6403
    1997 MDG 3290744
    1997 Dutton Laboratories CDEA5502
    1996 Edicions Albert Moraleda 6136
    1996 Harmonia Mundi 987009
    1995 Claves 509310
    1995 Seraphim UK 568532
    1994 IMG 1608
    Decca 4757747/5
    Ades 13207
    RCA Victor Red Seal 60895
    GME Recordings 220