Concierto de Aranjuez
Joaquín Rodrigo

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Rodrigo is an Ultimate Hall of Fame One Hit Wonder. This peaked at number 18 in 2009 but fell to its lowest ever position of number 44 in the most recent countdown.

Rodrigo himself explained about this beautiful piece for guitar and orchestra: 'The Concierto de Aranjuez is named after the famous royal site on the shore of the River Tagus, not far from Madrid, along the road to Andalusia, and some perceive Goya's shadow in the notes of its music, full of melancholic emotion. Its music seems to bring to life the essence of an eighteenth-century court, where aristocratic distinction blends with popular culture. In its melody the perfume of magnolias lingers, the singing of birds and the gushing of fountains.'