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Falla, Ravel / Michel Block, Ian Hobson, Sinfonia Da Camera


Release Date: 03/02/1999 
Label:  Zephyr   Catalog #: 11499   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Manuel de FallaMaurice Ravel
Performer:  Michel Block
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

About this concert Ian Hobson writes: "On October 30, 1998, the great and enigmatic French Pianist Michel Block performed Ravel's Piano Concerto in D for the Left Hand and DeFalla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Sinfonia da Camera under my baton at the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, Illinois. Mr. Block's recital appearances are rare indeed, and concerto events even more so. All the more fortunate, then, that this live concert on that magical evening was captured for release on this compact disc. The entire program was devoted to works by these two composers (whose admiration for each other was powerful), including Ravel's mature orchestrations of his piano pieces Menuet Antique and Read more Alborada del Gracioso, and de Falla's colorful second suite from El Sombrero de Tres Picos. It was a special pleasure for me to collaborate with Michel Block in the piquant and sophisticated repertoire for which he is renowned, and I hope you enjoy this unique experience." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nights in the gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL 
Length: 23 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Menuet antique by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; France 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Ravel (1929) 
3.
Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; France 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Ravel 
4.
El sombrero de tres picos: Suite no 2 by Manuel de Falla
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Piano left hand in D major by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Michel Block (Piano)
Conductor:  Ian Hobson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia da Camera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1930; France 
Date of Recording: 10/30/1998 
Venue:  Live  Krannert Center, Urbana-Champaign, IL 
Length: 19 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Menuet antique (version for orchestra)
Alborada del gracioso
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand: Lento -
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand: Allegro -
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand: Tempo I
Noches en los jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain): I. En el Generalife (In the Generalife)
Noches en los jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain): II. Danza lejana (Distant Dance)
Noches en los jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain): III. En los jardines de la Sierra de Cordoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba)
El sombrero de 3 picos (The 3-Cornered Hat): Suite No. 2: I. The Neighbour's Dance: Sequidillas
El sombrero de 3 picos (The 3-Cornered Hat): Suite No. 2: II. The Miller's Dance: Farruca
El sombrero de 3 picos (The 3-Cornered Hat): Suite No. 2: III. Final Dance: Jota

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