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Falla: La Vida Breve, El Amor Brujo, Etc / Giulini, Et Al


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 67590   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Lucero TenaLuis VillarejoJuan De AndiaCarlo Cossutta,   ... 
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de BurgosCarlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orféon DonostiarraSpanish National OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The reissue game continues. All of this material has been available more or less continuously in recent years, with the exception of Frühbeck's Three-Cornered Hat, which only resurfaced quite recently on an EMI twofer accompanied by Atlántida. The reason it reappears here, evidently, stems from the fact that this two-disc set contains all of Victoria de Los Angeles' stereo Falla recordings; and despite the fact that she sings for about 60 seconds in total in "Hat", it's always a pleasure to hear Frühbeck's big-hearted, expansively Romantic but always exciting way with the music.


Of the remaining items, La Vida Breve, the Seven Popular Spanish Songs, and the two additional vocal works Soneto a
Read more Córdoba and Psyché, are all classics, the finest versions available. Los Angeles always disappointed those who view authentic Spanish music as the expression of screaming hysteria and passionate pain, forgetting the sheer beauty of the language and its almost courtly modes of expression (so sensitively echoed by Falla's text setting), but the great soprano makes the big moments all the more impressive by saving the explosions of emotion for the real climaxes. In La Vida Breve, aided by Frühbeck's exactly similar approach (how he cuts loose in the big ensembles!), the result offers pathos without making the admittedly slender story ridiculous or overly sentimental.


The only reservation concerns El amor brujo, whose songs really do seem to require a bit more blood and guts than either Los Angeles or Giulini seem able to provide, for all the lovely playing in the purely orchestral Pantomime. Mind you, Frühbeck led the Ritual Fire Dance with similar deliberation (maybe even more so), but then he had Nati Mistral's incomparable singing of the vocal part to add the necessary touch of emphasis where needed, as well as a harder-edged orchestral sonority and more sharply focused sonics. Next to Mistral, Los Angeles sounds a bit tame, and the playing of the Philharmonia somewhat soft-edged. Still, musically speaking there's little here to quibble about; it's all very beautiful indeed, and given this set's other attractions I'm not going to complain (particularly regarding the rating for Artistic Quality). The remastering, unlike the unsuccessful Samson et Dalila in this same series, manages to freshen up the sound without harm to the voices. [9/19/2001]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La vida breve by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Lucero Tena (Castanets), Luis Villarejo (), Juan De Andia (),
Carlo Cossutta (Tenor), Gabriel Moreno (Baritone), Jose Maria Higuero (),
Victor De Narké (Bass), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Ines Rivadeneyra (Alto),
Anna Maria Higueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orféon Donostiarra,  Spanish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1905; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1965 
Venue:  Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu, Madrid 
Length: 64 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1904 - 1905). 
2.
El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1961-64 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 26 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
3.
El sombrero de tres picos by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1963-64 
Length: 39 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection was recorded in Kingsway Hall, London, England and in
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England. 
4.
Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Gonzalo Soriano (Piano), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1961-62 
Venue:  Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
5.
Soneto a Córdoba by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Annie Challan (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
6.
Psyché by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Gérard Jarry (Violin), Serge Collot (Viola),
Michel Tournus (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French String Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 

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