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Bretón: La Verbena De La Paloma / Ros-marbá, Domingo, Et Al

Release Date: 07/15/2003 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 4895   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tomás Bretón
Performer:  Rafael CastejonMaria BayoRaquel PierottiSilvia Tro Santafe,   ... 
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony OrchestraMadrid Community Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 45 minutes (all the spoken dialog is omitted) of Tomas Breton's 1894 zarzuela is a sheer delight, beautifully performed. It's a wonderfully flavorful work that evokes Madrid street life when Madrid was younger; this is a true picture of a neighborhood. There is a rousing overture, flamenco singing, a honky-tonk-like piano solo, a mazurka in the form of a duet for violin and piano, a few nice, meaty songs, an evocative "nocturne", a great quintet, and a big finale. The tunes come one after the other.

This 1994 recording finds Placido Domingo in fine voice as the ardent, jealous typesetter; Maria Bayo is at her most charming as the flirty object of his desire; Rafael Castejon paints a weird, goofy portrait
Read more of a lecherous, though buffo-like, 70-year-old; and, having nothing to do with the plot, Milagros Martin almost walks away with the show as a moody singer. The leadership is zippy and infused with great rhythm, and the recording is a stunner. Interested in this odd, Spanish form? Here's a great beginning.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

La Verbena de la Paloma by Tomás Bretón
Performer:  Rafael Castejon (Voice), Maria Bayo (Soprano), Raquel Pierotti (Soprano),
Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano), Ana Maria Amengual (Voice), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Milagros Martin (Mezzo Soprano), Enrique Baquerizo (Bass), Juan Jesus Rodriguez (Bass),
Alfonso Echeverria (Bass), Alberto Rios (Voice), Ramón de Andrés (Baritone),
Carmen Campos Ros (Voice), Jesus Castejon (Bass Baritone), Martín Grijalba (Baritone),
Alfredo Garcia-Huerga (Baritone), Maria Luisa Maesso (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra,  Madrid Community Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  ONCE Auditorium, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 45 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 

Sound Samples

La verbena de la paloma: Preludio
La verbena de la paloma: Parlante y scena: El aceite de ricino (Hilarion, Sebastian, Julian, Rita, Tabernero, Mozo 1, Mozo 2)
La verbena de la paloma: Cancion de Julian (Julian, Rita, Hilarion, Sebastian, Tabernero, Mozos, Portero, Portera, Chorus)
La verbena de la paloma: Seguidillas: Virgen de la Paloma (Chorus)
La verbena de la paloma: Coplas de Don Hilarion (Hilarion)
La verbena de la paloma: Soledad (Cantaora, Guardia 1, Guardia 2, Antonia, Casta, Susana, Vecina, Vecino)
La verbena de la paloma: Nocturno (Sereno, Guardia 1, Guardia 2)
La verbena de la paloma: Escena de las Chulapas y de Don Hilarion (Hilarion, Casta, Susana, Antonia)
La verbena de la paloma: Mazurka con organillo (Casta, Susana, Antonia, Hilarion)
La verbena de la paloma: Duo: Ya estas frente a la casa (Rita, Julian, Guardia 1, Guardia 2, Casta, Susana, Antonia, Hilarion)
La verbena de la paloma: Quintet: Linda Susana (Hilarion, Casta, Susana, Julian, Rita)
La verbena de la paloma: Habanera concertante (Julian, Susana, Hilarion, Rita, Antonia, Casta, Guardias, Tabernero, Sereno, Chorus)

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