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Pasión Española / Plácido Domingo, Miguel Roa, Et Al


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001098902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Juan Mostazo MoralesManuel Font de AntaGenaro Monreal LacostaManuel L. y Miquel,   ... 
Performer:  Placido DomingoJ. M Gallardo Del Rey
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another feather in Plácido Domingo’s by now well-stocked cap.

‘The copla /…/ along with zarzuela and flamenco, constitutes the three-pronged spear of recent Spanish popular music’, writes Carlos Santos in the liner-notes to this issue. And what is copla? Plácido Domingo explains it on the back of the jewel-case: ‘… a story told in 3 or 4 minutes – a “mini-opera” aimed at touching people deeply. You have to feel them passionately and perform them with spirit and conviction …’ It is music written by composers but so closely related to and inspired by the folk music tradition that it is practically indistinguishable from the ‘real’ folk music. Domingo heard coplas sung by good interpreters in Mexico and here
Read more he performs a baker’s dozen of them as a tribute to those singers and to once more expand his recorded repertoire one step further. All through his distinguished career he has been a cross-over artist and whatever he has been singing he has done so with conviction and involvement. That he at 66, and after more than 45 years as an opera singer with an uncommonly wide repertoire, ranging from baroque to the heaviest Wagner roles, still has the voice in perfect shape is more or less a miracle. Besides singing he has been conducting extensively and been running a couple of opera houses. Recently he has announced that he is going to change back to his original voice type and become a baritone. Close scrutinizing of his present vocal status may reveal a slight dryness – but only slight – but there is no noticeable strain even on the highest notes. If there is a criticism to be made it is that he rarely scales down to something below mezzo forte – and this is criticism that was sometimes levelled against him even forty years ago. But he is a good story-teller and he sings with conviction as always. The words mean something to him and he conveys this meaning to the listener. Moreover there is a youthfulness in his tone that is remarkable and I believe no one hearing this disc at a blindfold test would guess the age of the singer.

The songs deal with the eternal human topics – to be found in operas of all ages – ‘love, death, jealousy, grief, loneliness and pride’ and the national flavour of Spain is tangible. I suspect that not too many readers outside Spain will know the names of the composers but this is of little importance: these are skilled craftsmen. Manuel López-Quiroga y Miquel, who lived until he was nearly 90, composed almost 3000 works, among them several zarzuelas.

Recorded in Spain with Spanish musicians this is as authentic as imaginable and the disc is another feather in Plácido Domingo’s by now well-stocked cap.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Falsa moneda by Juan Mostazo Morales
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), J. M Gallardo Del Rey (Guitar)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
El día que nací yo by Juan Mostazo Morales
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Antonio Vargas Heredia by Juan Mostazo Morales
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
La cruz de mayo by Manuel Font de Anta
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5.
La bien pagá by Juan Mostazo Morales
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Porque te quiero by Genaro Monreal Lacosta
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Ay Maricruz! by Manuel L. y Miquel
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Me embrujaste by Manuel L. y Miquel
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Cariño verdá by Genaro Monreal Lacosta
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Te lo juro yo by Manuel L. y Miquel
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), J. M Gallardo Del Rey (Guitar)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
11.
No me quieras tanto! by Manuel L. y Miquel
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
Ojos verdes by Manuel L. y Miquel
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), J. M Gallardo Del Rey (Guitar)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
13.
Suspiros de España by Antonio Alvarez Alonso
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Falsa moneda - orchestrated by Emilio Aragón
Cruz de Mayo - orchestrated by Juan J. Colomer
La bien pagá - orchestrated By Juan J. Colomer
Porque te quiero - orchestrated by Gabriel Fernández Álvez
El día que naci yo - orchestrated by Juan J. Colomer
¡Ay, Maricruz! - orchestrated by Juan J. Colomer
Me embrujaste - orchestrated by Gabriel Fernandez Alvez
Cariño verdá - orchestrated by Juan J. Colomer
Te lo juro yo - orchestrated by Emilio Aragón
No me quieras tanto - orchestrated by Emilio Aragón
Antonio Vargas Heredia - orchestrated by Juan J. Colomer
Ojos verdes - orchestrated by Emilio Aragón
Suspiros de España - orchestrated by Juan J. Colomer

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