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Jardin Bajo la Luna

by Duo Roncesvalles

The album Jardin Bajo la Luna is a rich selection of beautiful and personal pieces for violin and guitar, a rare instrumental ensemble, written by leading contemporary composers and performed by Dúo Roncesvalles to celebrate its twentieth anniversary.
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1. Nani, Nani
3:51 $1.29
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2. El Cant Dels Ocells
3:42 $1.29
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3. Homenajes: I. Homenaje a Joaquín Rodrigo (Arr. for Violin and Guitar)
3:18 $1.29
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4. Homenajes: II. Homenaje a Frederic Mompou (Arr. for Violin and Guitar)
3:44 $1.29
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5. Homenajes: III. Homenaje a Manuel de Falla (Arr. for Violin and Guitar)
1:46 $1.29
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6. Navarra Lullaby
6:28 $1.29
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7. Two Night Movements: I. Full Moon
5:38 $1.29
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8. Two Night Movements: II. Banshee
3:36 $1.29
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9. Jardín Bajo la Luna: I. Sendero
1:31 $1.29
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10. Jardín Bajo la Luna: II. Corazón del Viento
4:59 $1.29
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11. Jardín Bajo la Luna: III. Agua Dormida
5:20 $1.29
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12. Jardín Bajo la Luna: IV. Luciérnagas
2:08 $1.29
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13. Jardín Bajo la Luna: V. Canción y Danza de la Noche
5:28 $1.29
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14. Alba de Soledades
12:53 $1.29
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15. Caged Music II
2:26 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jardín bajo la luna (Garden Under The Moon) is an album that we decided to record to celebrate twenty years of playing together professionally as Dúo Roncesvalles since our debut in Granada in 1997. As siblings, we have been making music together for as long as we remember.

This album is the fruit of several long-lasting collaborations with award-winning composers David del Puerto, John Barber, Eduardo Morales-Caso and Agustín Castilla-Ávila, and also includes a piece by Phillip Houghton, as well as two short pieces written by myself (Francisco Javier). These works, many of which are world première recordings, show the varied and wonderful soundscape that this unusual instrumentation can bring to life.

The album opens with my arrangements (Francisco Javier) of Nani, nani and El cant dels ocells, two of our favourite folk melodies. Nani, nani is a passionate lullaby from Spain’s rich Sephardic heritage. El cant dels ocells is perhaps Catalonia's best-loved folk song. It was made famous internationally by legendary cellist Pau Casals, who turned it into his signature encore and a symbol of freedom during his exile from Franco's regime.

Homenajes by Morales-Caso pays homage to three of Spain’s most loved twentieth- century composers, Joaquín Rodrigo, Frederic Mompou and Manuel de Falla. Morales-Caso describes this triptych as his “most meaningful lyrical -musical offering to the historical continuity of the transcendental legacy of Spanish composition throughout the ages”. Originally composed as a song cycle for voice and guitar, Eduardo Morales-Caso adapted this work for violin and guitar upon our suggestion.

John Barber writes about Navarra Lullaby: “Watching Javi and Elena perform is such a joy – their communication, understanding and sheer love of music, built up through years of playing together, is a real inspiration to me. I was so excited to have a chance to write a piece for them — all I knew was that I wanted it to have heart. In my head as I was writing were wonderful and vivid memories of the times we've spent together in Navarra at Javi and Elena's festival. The night -times in Spain are so exciting. So although it's a lullaby, it takes a while for the music to get to sleep”.

Phillip Houghton has described his own music as being inspired by art, mythology and nature. His Two Night Movements, Full Moon and Banshee (an Irish mythological figure who announces an imminent death by letting out a terrifying scream), vividly illustrate this. We were very sad to hear of his passing as we were finalising this album. Through this new recording of his work, we wish to celebrate his life and colourful contribution to music.

Jardín bajo la luna (Garden Under The Moon), which gives this album its title, is described by David del Puerto as a mysterious walk through a garden by night. The titles of its movements translate as Path, Heart of the Wind, Sleeping Water, Fireflies, and Song and Dance of the Night.

Alba de soledades (Dawn of Solitudes) is a piece written by one of Spain’s most respected and experienced composers, Antón García Abril. This is the first recording of this work in its original version for violin and guitar. García Abril has subsequently also made a version for symphonic orchestra, which was recorded by Antoni Ros Marbà conducting the Real Filharmonía de Galicia.

Caged Music, which closes this album, is part of a series of pieces under the same general title by Andalusian composer Agustín Castilla-Ávila, who has made Salzburg his home for the past two decades. In this version for violin and guitar composed for Dúo Roncesvalles, blu tack was stuck on all of the strings of both instruments, making them practically unrecognisable to most listeners.

We dedicate this very special project to our parents — who inspired and nurtured our great love for music — for encouraging us to play together.

Dúo Roncesvalles, Elena & Francisco Javier Jáuregui.

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