Certainly one of my all time favourite compositions and brings a lot of memories when I first heard it on FM radio so many years ago. I love the tempo, the change of pace and how wind/brass instruments are used to emphasize mode. This performance does justice to the composition and boy would I have loved to conduct this piece. Here is some more info about the composition from wikipedia to provide some historical & technical context – hope you enjoy the performance as I did;
About the Composition
- The first movement, Alborada, is a festive and exciting dance, typically from traditional Asturian music to celebrate the rising of the sun. It features the clarinet with two solos, and later features a solo violin with a solo similar to the clarinet’s.
- The second movement, Variazioni, begins with a melody in the horn section. Variations of this melody are then repeated by other instruments and sections of the orchestra.
- The third movement, Alborada, presents the same Asturian dance as the first movement. The two movements are nearly identical, in fact, except that this movement has a different instrumentation and key.
- The fourth movement, Scena e canto gitano (“Scene and Gypsy song”) opens with five cadenzas — first by the horns and trumpets, then solo violin, flute, clarinet, and harp — played over rolls on various percussion instruments. It is then followed by a dance in triple time leading attacca into the final movement.
- The fifth and final movement, Fandango asturiano, is also an energetic dance from the Asturias region of northern Spain. The piece ends with an even more rousing statement of the Alborada theme.
A complete performance of the Capriccio takes approximately 16 minutes.