The world premiere

The world premiere of Concierto de Aranjuez took place on November 9th, 1940 in the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Barcelona under conductor César Mendoza Lasalle, with guitar soloist, Regino Sainz de la Maza, to whom it is dedicated.

Rodrigo would remain faithful to aesthetics that he liked to call 'neocasticismo, practicing tonal tradition, reflecting his fondness for classical forms and incorporating refined elements as a way of joining Spanish tradition with the present, to create a style that is immediately recognizable.

First radio performance in Paris

September 16th, 1948 by the French National Radio Orchestra, under conductor Ernest Bour, with guitar soloist Ida Presti, broadcast on French radio.

First public performance in Paris

March 24, 1949 by the Orchestre Jeunes Universitaires, in the Sala Pleyel, under conductor Albert Pfremmer, with Ida Presti as guitar soloist.

Grand european launch

May 7th, 1950, Théâtre Champs Élysées, in Paris, by the National Orchestra of Spain, under conductor Ataúlfo Argenta, with guitar soloist Julian Bream.

  • First performance in the United Kingdom: April 21st., 1951, by the BBC Opera Orchestra, under conductor Stanford Robinson, with guitar soloist Julian Bream.

  • First performance in the United States: November 19th., 1959, by the Symphonic Orchestra of Cleveland, Ohio, under conductor Robert Shaw, with the Cuban guitar soloist José Rey de la Torre.

  • First performance of the composer's version of Concierto de Aranjuez for harp and orchestra: August 24th., 1974, Teatro Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastián, by the National Orchestra of Spain, under conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, with harp soloist Nicanor Zabaleta.

  • First choreography: Ballet Español of Pilar López, April 12th., 1952, Teatro Barcelona, Barcelona.

Program of the premiere of Concierto de Aranjuez, November 9th, 1940 at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona.

Crítica del estreno en el diario Destino, escrita por Xavier Montsalvatge. (Leer texto aquí).
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