As José Luis García de Busto so rightly states in his interesting notes to this CD, Jacobo Durán-Loriga (Madrid, 1958) is above all a composer. A composer by vocation, with a universal, cosmopolitan education acquired alongside leading figures in Spanish contemporary music like Carmelo Bernaola and Luis de Pablo and in reputed academic centers like the Cologne Musikhochschule. After some years practicing early music with the legendary Atrium Musicae group, Durán-Loriga has devoted himself to research and the teaching of music at a series of cultural institutions, while exercising his skills as a communicator with the classical music station of Radio Nacional de España.
The works on this disc spans a significant part of the thirty-year creative career of this Madrid composer. Though inevitably a sample only of his wide and varied output, they offer a good representation of his output for instrumental ensemble, where Durán-Loriga has written some of his finest scores: his outstanding Kammerkoncert for chamber orchestra and magnetic tape (1983), and the more recent La Isla Perdida, a tribute to Albéniz, composed in 1990 and revised in 1999 or Antoianças (2004), a splendid nonet of medieval resonances composed for Proyecto Guerrero under commission from Xavier Güell, to whom it is dedicated.
Grupo Modus Novus
Ananda Sukarlan, piano
Susana Cermeño, harp
1. Petit Ensemble Bleu (12:21)
2. Petit Ensemble Jaune (7:21)
3-5. Antoianças (2004) (16:50)
6. La Isla Perdida (homenaje a Albéniz) (16:01)
7. Kammerconcert (1983) (15:10)
Total time: 68’10”