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Falla: Canciones Populares, Harpsichord Concerto, Etc / De Los Angeles, Pons, Et Al


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 501432   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los AngelesLluis Vidal
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber OrchestraLieder Camera Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following in the footsteps of his teacher Felipe Pedrell, Manuel de Falla chose to set his music within the twin Spanish traditions of art and folk music. If the Siete canciones populares españolas mark the culmination of his work on folksong, the Harpsichord Concerto shows a fairly avant-garde concern with timbre. Finally, El gran teatro del mundo is directly based on pieces included by Pedrell in his Cancionero, an extensive anthology of Spanish music.

"Interest here is likely to centre on the hitherto unrecorded, and still unpublished, incidental music FaIla wrote in 1927 for a production in Granada of CalderOn's sacred play The great theatre of the world, Though this consists of only half-a-dozen brief
Read more fragments (the longest lasting just over two minutes), all of which are not original compositions but arrangements—items from his teacher Pedrell's Cancionero, including a cantiga by Alfonso el Sabio and folk-tunes from Galicia and Asturias, plus the "Dresden amen", a Gaspar Sanz fanfare and an adaptation of Victoria's Tantum ergo (a theme which also appears in the slow movement of the Harpsichord Concerto)—these are not negligible: a little mountain song, "Toda la hermosura humana", is quite lovely....It is good to hear Victoria de los Angeles recapturing her early vocal quality in the Seven folksongs, even if she sounds a little shorter-breathed and one or two of her words (e.g. "lucerito") get swallowed. She sings these in the orchestration of Falla's disciple Ernesto Halffter..." - Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Orchestrated: Ernesto Halffter
Arranger: Ernesto Halffter. 
2.
Psyché by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Lluis Vidal (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Spain 
Language: Spanish 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Lluis Vidal (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1926; Spain 
4.
El gran teatro del mundo by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Josep Pons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra,  Lieder Camera Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Spain 

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