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Granados: Goyescas; Falla: Tres Obras Desconocidas / Cristina Ortiz

Granados / Ortiz
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Enrique GranadosManuel de Falla
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Originally issued by Collins Classics, this 1989 Granados and Falla recital features sensitive, idiomatic, and beautifully polished performances. While Cristina Ortiz does not consistently attain the kind of dynamism, sweep, and impassioned characterizations that made Alicia de Larrocha's Goyescas unique, her finest moments truly impress.

For example, Ortiz underlines El Fandango de candil's basic galliard-like rhythm by keeping the tempos steady and the thick, swirling textures in clear perspective. Similar classicism and control mark El amor y la muerte's paragraphic climaxes. Ortiz also shines in Quejas o la Maja y el Ruisenor. Listen to how she tosses off the coda's rapid filigree with supple nonchalance.

Read more Falla's Tres Obras Desconocidas, Ortiz shapes the opening Cancion more directly and with a longer, more satisfying sense of line than conveyed in the fussier, more fragmented interpretations of Miguel Baselga (BIS) and Daniel Ligorio (Naxos). Her swift, lyrical way with the Danza de Gnomos and the Canto de los Remeros del Volga also contrast to the heavier intensity of Baselga and Ligorio. Superb sonics and annotations make this welcome reissue all the more attractive, especially at Brilliant Classics' budget price.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11 by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Spain 
Obras Desconocidas (3) for Piano by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899-1920; Spain 

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 Lovely Performance February 22, 2015 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "This recording is a gift to listeners--66 minutes of classic works delivered with style and control of the exciting musical material. Great reward for a modest investment!" Report Abuse
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