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Falla: El Corregidor; Garcia Lorca: Canciones / Pons, Et Al


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951520   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Manuel de FallaFederico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Olga SerraJoanna XimenisGinesa Ortega
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a fascinating entry in Harmonia Mundi's series devoted to Falla, embracing the composer's well-known works as well as a number of rarities. El corregidor y la mulinerà (The Magistrate and the Miller's Wife) is actually both, that is, it is the rarely heard first version of The Three-Cornered Hat. The work dates from 1916 and is scored for a chamber orchestra of seventeen instruments. This early version was written for pantomime rather than ballet and contains a fairly large amount of music which simply underscores the plot. There is a roughness to the orchestration that is quite attractive and occasionally even more fresh and inventive than the setting for full orchestra. On the other hand, it lacks the large full-scale dance Read more movements that make the 1919 ballet so memorable. In spite of some wonderful ideas not found in the later score and an entertaining parody of Beethoven's First Symphony, a subdued, rather piecemeal ending makes the pantomime version far less satisfying than the ballet with its rousing Jota finale. Still, it is an enjoyable work, and those who know the later version well will probably find a comparison of the two quite interesting.

The disc also contains eleven Spanish folk songs listed as being by Federico Garcia Lorca. The great writer was, along with Falla, fascinated by Spanish folk songs and these are drawn from those which he collected. The chamber orchestrations are by a number of different arrangers including conductor Pons. All of the arrangements are colorful and adept and some are quite striking, but none is as colorful or striking as the singer on this recording, Gisela Ortega. Hers is in no way a pretty voice: it shouts, barks, vibrates, and moves with great ease between the raucous and the gravelly. She is, in short, perfect for these songs, bringing, at least to my ears, a ferocious authenticity. In the dance-songs with their strong flamenco coloration, she is stirring and evocative, but even in a more fragile, lyrical song like “Nana de Sevilla“ she is convincing and, in her special way, even tender. Throughout these songs and the Falla (which is also available on a Virgin recording which I have not heard), Pons and his orchestra are quite superb, and Harmonia Mundi has captured it all in a warm, gently reverberant sound.

-- Richard Burke, FANFARE [7/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
El corregidor y la molinera by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Olga Serra (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 45 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This work is the original version of 'The Three Cornered Hat,' rewritten and retitled in 1917 for Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. 
2.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Anda, jaleo by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Feliu Gasull 
3.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: El café de Chinitas by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Feliu Gasull 
4.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Las morillas de Jaén by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Josep Pons 
5.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Las tres hojas by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Joan Albert Amargós 
6.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Romance de Don Boyso by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Josep Pons 
7.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Los reyes de la baraja by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Lluís Vidal 
8.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Los pelegrinitos by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Feliu Gasull 
9.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Zorongo by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Lluís Vidal 
10.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Los cuatro muleros by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Ginesa Ortega (Voice), Joanna Ximenis (Percussion)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Joan Albert Amargós 
11.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Nana de Sevilla by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Lluís Vidal 
12.
Canciónes (13) españolas antiguas: Sevillanas del Siglo XVIII by Federico Garcia Lorca
Performer:  Joanna Ximenis (Percussion), Ginesa Ortega (Voice)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Joan Albert Amargós 

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