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Falla: La vida breve / Mena, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Release Date: 03/01/2019 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 20032  
Composer:  Manuel de Falla
Performer:  José Antonio LopezNancy Fabiola HerreraCristina FausMachado. Aquiles,   ... 
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

La vida breve is the first great work by Manuel de Falla, not only on account of the brilliance of his achievement, but also because in this score the powerful musical personality of the composer shines through. It introduces an orchestral scope that was previously unheard of in Hispanic musical theatre; there are direct references to folklore; there is the very remarkable role of the choir, and the incredible ability to evoke the magic of the Albaicín in Granada. The idea of the story came to Falla when he read, in the periodical Blanco y Negro, a short poem of clear social content, written by Carlos Fernández-Shaw, which would become the heart of the libretto. ‘I am filled with emotion at the prospect of releasing this disc, Read more because for all Spanish conductors Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve is the highpoint of Spanish opera and a fundamental work in our repertoire.’ - Juanjo Mena



Mena prises open textures and sonorities with great subtlety and attention to detail, so that we’re fully able to appreciate the shifting colors of Falla’s writing. The playing immaculately blends clarity with sensuousness, while the Coro de la Radio e Television Espanola sing with admirable warmth of tone. Nancy Fabiola Herrera sounds sumptuous as Salud with her warm tone and full upper registers.

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Works on This Recording

La vida breve by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  José Antonio Lopez (Baritone), Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Mezzo Soprano), Cristina Faus (Mezzo Soprano),
Machado. Aquiles (Tenor), Raquel Lojendio (Soprano), Josep Miquel Ramon (Baritone)
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 

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