Notes and Editorial Reviews
Falla's two-act lyric drama may lack subtlety, but this is more than made up for in passion by this fiery and idiomatic performance, recorded in 1978 and featuring as starry a cast as one could hope for.
Berganza's tragic heroine, Salud, who dies broken-hearted at the feet of the lover who has deserted her, sings with poignancy and beauty, and Carreras cuts a fervent and heroic Paco. But it is Alicia Nafé's Grandmother, with her almost wailing warnings of the tragedy to come, who dominates the proceedings. Her utterances are both beautiful and terrible.
Garcia Navarro draws a brooding, vividly atmospheric performance from the LSO, especially during the frenzied dance sequences, dazzlingly augmented by
Narcisco Yepes's superb flamenco guitar and Lucero Tena's castanets and foot-stamping. Melodramatic it may be, but there is no doubting its power.
-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
La vida breve by Manuel de Falla
Ramon Contreras (Baritone),
Manuel Cid (Tenor),
José Carreras (Tenor),
Paloma Pérez Ińigo (Soprano),
Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano),
Alicia Nafé (Mezzo Soprano),
Juan Pons (Baritone),
Manuel Mairena (Baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra,
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905; Spain
Date of Recording: 01/1978
Venue: Henry Wood Hall, Southwark, London, UK
Length: 60 Minutes 19 Secs.
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