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Falla: La Vida Breve / Valdés, Et Al


Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660155   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Ana SanchezVincente OmbuenaAlicia NaféAlfonso Echeverria,   ... 
Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Principality of Asturias Symphonic OrchestraPrince of Asturias Foundation Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A native cast has the measure of Falla’s colourful tragedy.
With its tragic denouement, its two short acts and its duration of just over an hour, Falla’s La Vida breve is very much a Spanish counterpart of the eternal Cav and Pag. As such it makes a sensible and welcome addition to Naxos’s budget opera classics...Falla’s colourful music evolves magnificently, especially in its magical evocation of night falling over Granada and in its colourful Spanish dance rhythms...The Salud here, Ana María Sánchez, has a suitably powerful and well-projected voice...Antonio Reyes is an outstanding flamenco guitarist. The orchestral and choral contribution is strong and idiomatic..." - GRAMOPHONE
"A native cast has the measure of Falla’s colourful tragedy.
With its tragic denouement, its two short acts and its duration of just over an hour, Falla’s La Vida breve is very much a Spanish counterpart of the eternal Cav and Pag. As such it makes a sensible and welcome addition to Naxos’s budget opera classics...Falla’s colourful music evolves magnificently, especially in its magical evocation of night falling over Granada and in its colourful Spanish dance rhythms...The Salud here, Ana María Sánchez, has a suitably powerful and well-projected voice...Antonio Reyes is an outstanding flamenco guitarist. The orchestral and choral contribution is strong and idiomatic..." - GRAMOPHONE Read less

Works on This Recording

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La vida breve by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Ana Sanchez (Soprano), Vincente Ombuena (Tenor), Alicia Nafé (Mezzo Soprano),
Alfonso Echeverria (Bass), Enrique Baquerizo (Bass), Maria José Suárez (Alto),
Manuel Cid (Tenor), Pedro Saenz (Tenor), Antonio Reyes (Guitar)
Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Principality of Asturias Symphonic Orchestra,  Prince of Asturias Foundation Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1904 - 1905). 

Sound Samples

La vida breve: Act I Tableau I: Scene 1: Ande le tarea, que hay que trabajar! (Get on with your work, man must work!)
La vida breve: Act I Tableau I: Scene 2: Abuela, no viene! (Salud) (Grandma, he is not coming!) (Salud)
La vida breve: Act I Tableau I: Scene 2: Ah! ... Ah! ... Ah! ... Ah! Obreros en la fragua ( Workmen in the forge)
La vida breve: Act I Tableau I: Scene 4: Salud! (La Abuela)
La vida breve: Act I Tableau I: Scene 5: Paco! Paco! (Salud)
La vida breve: Act I Tableau I: Scene 6: Paco! Paco! Siempre juntos! (Salud)
La vida breve: Act I Tableau II: Intermedio (Intermezzo)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau I: Scene 1: Ole! Ole! ya! (Huespedes) (Bravo! Bravo!) (Guests)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau I: Danza (Dance)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau I: Scene 2: Alli esta! Riyendo, junto a esa muje! (Salud) (There he is! Laughing, with that woman!) (Salud)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau I: Scene 3: No te dije? La ves? (Didn't I tell you? Do you see her?) (El Tio Sarvaor)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau II: Danza (Dance)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau II: Scene 1: Carmela mia! (Paco) (My Carmela!) (Paco)
La vida breve: Act II Tableau II: Final Scene: Que gracia! Que buscan ustedes aqui? (Manuel) (What do you want here?) (Manuel)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fine Recording January 16, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve (Life is Short)seems to be appropriately named, for philosophical and practical reasons. At just over 1 hour (and no more) in length, the opera puts fiery Andalucian color into the fatalistic notion that life is indeed limited, so maximize one's opportunities (Carpe Diem!) With a fine Spanish cast and the excellent Asturias Symphony Orchestra, this Naxos recording vividly brings to life the colors and atmospherics of the Spanish gypsy life style, centered here in the famous Andalucian city of Granada. The perennial operatic theme of betrayed love is the work's foundation, leading naturally to tragic consequences. The libretto is wonderfully sung, and although there is no English libretto included, one does not really require one to grasp the essential aesthetics of Falla's opera. Spain may not be known for producing major, large scale operatic works, but La Vida Breve does have a strong artistic statement to make, albeit a shortened one. I thoroughly enjoyed this recording, and I'll be you will also- it's good listening. Very much recommended." Report Abuse
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