Michael Dalmau Colina's Goyescana Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra was commissioned by Robert Phillips in 2008. It was premiered by Robert Phillips on November 11, 2008 in Lakeland, FL with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Thielen.
"The Concerto for Guitar was stylistically fresh and a pleasure to hear. A fusion between the jazzy harmonies and the rhythms characteristic of Spanish dances and tango nuevo made Colina's opus very appealing. Colina's clever treatment of thematic material, skillful orchestration, and virtuosic usage of the solo instrument offered a dynamic listening experience. Phillips tastefully performed the Concerto, with obvious attention to both rhythmic and melodic nuances of the composition. The performer himself commissioned the piece and seemed to resonate intimately with the composition's spirit. Of note was maestro Thielen's effort to ensure that the delicate sound of the guitar did not drown in the large performance hall. One hopes this premiere foretells a continued success of the piece."
This is a recording of the premier performance on November 11, 2008. Robert Phillips performed with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mark Thielen at the Youkey Theatre in the Lakeland Center. It was recorded by Ron Powell of Vista Audio Productions.
Composer Michael Colina (born 1956) is a multiple GRAMMY® winning composer and producer based in New York City. Though born and raised in the American South, Colina has deep musical roots in his father's homeland of Cuba. "My musical core is more that of a folk musician than an academician, it just so happens that I have a very large musical vocabulary." With a true passion for music, his vibrant mix of life experiences has given him a unique musical voice in contemporary Classical music.
Mr. Colina has written music for television, film, theatre, dance and live performances on concert stages throughout the United States, South America, and Asia. As a jazz musician, composer, producer and engineer, he has won three Gold Records, an Ace Award for Best Film Score for the 1985 film Finnegan Begin Again, and three GRAMMY® awards in the field of Contemporary Jazz. He has worked alongside a wide range of artists including James Taylor, David Sanborn, George Benson, Michael Brecker, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Bob James and Herbie Hancock.
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