Last week I explored a piano concerto by Erik Chisholm that was influenced by his native Scottish pipe music. I thought it was totally devoid of cliche. I wish I could say the same of this collection by the Andalucian Joaquín Turina (1882-1949). Charming though most of it is, it falls back too often on flamenco-like bombast – all fluttering fans and stamping feet – to be truly engaging. The liner notes urge us to listen to his Piano Quartet in A minor, Violin Sonata No 2 in G major and Piano Trio No 1 not with modern ears but with the attention of listeners coming afresh to the Andalucian folk tradition. Even with the exquisite playing of the Nash Ensemble that's a tall order.
Turina: Chamber Music – review
Stephen Pritchard has written on classical music for most of his 45 years in journalism. He was the Observer's first readers' editor, and prior to that was a managing editor and production editor