The turquoise of the Mexican sea and the special affection that Paco De Lucía professed for it began many years ago. In front of these white sands he mounted for the first time the emblematic Concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquín Rodrigo. Paco De Lucia himself once told it:
By Paco De Lucia, October 2010.
When I was asked to play the Aranjuez concerto in Japan, it was a challenge. for me, I had never touched it and never knew it. As often happens to me, I signed the contract and I forgot about it. When I realized that I was only a month away from my debut, I thought I could only learn it by being completely alone and abstracting myself from the world.
Para estudiarlo me escapé a México, a la casa de Playa del Carmen. Me llevé mi bata japonesa, un par de bañadores, la partitura del concierto, un pentagrama con los nombres de las notas para poder descifrar aquello y varias versiones grabadas.
Those were hard days but I remember them with pleasure. Every morning I would take my fishing speargun and walk about 5 km along the beach to the small bay of X-Caret, which was then virgin, it was my private fish market. I would dive for a couple of hours until I got my food for the day, which was usually a snapper. Back home, I would clean it and fry it. A delight.
After lunch, I would settle in with my notes and cassette until midnight.
With the score I could locate the notes and with the recordings I understood the beats. That part was the most difficult, because in many passages, the classical versions use rubatos that are not in the score. What a lot of hours I spent with some passages listening to them a thousand times until I could fit them in. Because for me, the most important thing at that moment was to respect the time
After a month, I returned to Madrid, I had it.
Taken from: pacodelucia.org