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Falla: La Vida Breve / Berganza, Nafe, Carreras, Pons, Navarro

Release Date: 10/05/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435851  
Composer:  Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Ramon ContrerasManuel CidJosé CarrerasPaloma Pérez Ińigo,   ... 
Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraAmbrosian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

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
Read more 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
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Works on This Recording

La vida breve by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  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)
Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  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. 
Language: Spanish 

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