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Spanish Song Recital - Granados, Etc / De Los Angeles, Et Al


Release Date: 09/07/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 62905   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Enrique GranadosXavier MontsalvatgeOscar EspláJoaquin Rodrigo,   ... 
Performer:  Victoria de los AngelesLluís Claret
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de BurgosAntoni Ros MarbàLuis Garcia-Navarro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraOrchestre de la Société du Conservatoire ParisLamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If I were operating in the judicial field, I would have to recuse myself before attending to this emphatically-not-impartial review. Just the same, I might as well reiterate my earlier statements here and elsewhere that over the past 50 years no other singer has given me more pleasure in so many different musical areas than Victoria de los Angeles. Finding this release enshrined in EMI’s ever-expanding “Great Recordings of the Century” series naturally comes as no surprise. As for her art as a recitalist, let me quote Gerald Moore, her longtime accompanist: “I feel it is good to be alive . . . to bask in the radiance of her adorable personality. Of course I love her, but who am I among so many?”

Spain occupies a special place
Read more in the artist’s enormous and wide-ranging repertoire of songs, and the country owes her a huge debt for opening the riches of its musical legacy for the entire world to admire. The selections offered here are, of course, not new. They originated between 1962 and 1969 and have been issued before, thanks to EMI’s periodic system of making recordings temporarily disappear just to re-enter the catalog again in new guises. In one respect, though, this particular sequence is unique in consisting only of selections with orchestral accompaniments. The orchestrations are nearly always by the composers; the five exceptions are credited to a certain Ferrer and Antoni Ros-Marba, invariably rich and flavorful.

With the exception of the prematurely deceased Granados (1867–1916), these are songs by 20th-century composers. All of them were to some extent influenced by Debussy, Falla, and Ravel, but their music remained Spanish (or Catalan in the case of Toldrá and Mompou) in harmony and color. Montsalvatge (1912–2002) is perhaps the most “modernist” in the lot, and his music was virtually unknown outside Spain until Victoria de los Angeles established his “Lullaby for a black baby” in the concert repertoire. It is the fourth of the Cinco canciones negras, the first strongly suffused by anti-Yankee sentiments, the third a sensuously inflected Habanera, and the fifth defiant in its vibrant Afro-American rhythms.

The Habanera rhythm re-emerges in Rodrigo”s “De los álamos vengo, madre,” the last and most memorable of the Cuatro madrigales amatorios in which the singer exhibits her melismatic magic. The same composer’s “Tríptic de Mossèn Cinto” comprises three songs in Catalan, with a joyous Christmassy feeling enlivened by vivid orchestral colors. Mompou’s three Catalan songs grouped under the title “The struggle of the dream” are impressionistic in words and feeling. The five Spanish songs of Oscar Esplá are light-hearted vignettes rendered with the soprano’s captivating intimacy that retains a fullness of sound at delicate piano levels. Eduardo Toldrá’s four songs are based on Catalan texts. The one entitled “Maig” (“May”) is likely to linger in the listener’s mind partly because of the subtle colors of the artist’s rendition.

The “tema popular” of the closing Madrigal is Montsalvatge’s orchestral treatment of “The song of the birds,” made popular many years ago by Pablo Casals’s cello rendition. The cello solo here is lovingly played by Lluís Claret. It was recorded at the closing ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Victoria de los Angeles was 69 years old then. The sound, collected from many sources, is rich and admirably equalized. But, having said all of the above, it is the soprano’s unique art that makes it triumphant.

George Jellinek, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Goyescas, H 65 [opera]: La maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/18/1969 
Language: Spanish 
2.
Colección (7) de canciones amatorias: no 2, Llorad corazón by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranger: Rafael Ferrer. 
3.
Colección (7) de canciones amatorias: no 4, Iban al pinar by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranger: Rafael Ferrer. 
4.
Canciones negras (5) by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Language: Spanish 
5.
Canciones playeras by Oscar Esplá
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Language: Spanish 
6.
Madrigales (4) amatorios by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Spain 
Date of Recording: 02/1962 
Language: Spanish 
7.
Tríptico de Mosén Cinto by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1969 
Language: Spanish 
8.
Combat del somni by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942-1948; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1969 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranger: Antoni Ros Marbà. 
9.
Cançó de grumet by Eduardo Toldrá
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Language: Spanish 
10.
Cançó incerta by Eduardo Toldrá
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Language: Spanish 
11.
Maig by Eduardo Toldrá
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Language: Spanish 
12.
Anacreóntica by Eduardo Toldrá
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Language: Spanish 
13.
Madrigal sobre un tema popular "El cant dels ocells" by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Lluís Claret (Cello), Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 

Sound Samples

'Goyescas' (Periquet) (1998 Digital Remaster): La maja y el ruiseñor (Rosario)
Cinco Canciones negras (2004 Digital Remaster): Cuba dento de un piano (Alberti)
Cinco Canciones negras (2004 Digital Remaster): Punto de Habanera (Luján)
Cinco Canciones negras (2004 Digital Remaster): Chévere (Guillén)
Cinco Canciones negras (2004 Digital Remaster): Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Valdés)
Cinco Canciones negras (2004 Digital Remaster): Canto negro (Guillén)
Collección de canciones amatorias (Traditional) (2004 Digital Remaster): Llorad, corazón, que tenéis razón
Collección de canciones amatorias (Traditional) (2004 Digital Remaster): Iban al pinar
Cuatro Madrigales amatorios (Traditional) (2004 Digital Remaster): E conqué la lavaré?
Cuatro Madrigales amatorios (Traditional) (2004 Digital Remaster): Vós me matasteis
Cuatro Madrigales amatorios (Traditional) (2004 Digital Remaster): De dónde venís, amores?
Cuatro Madrigales amatorios (Traditional) (2004 Digital Remaster): De los álamos vengo, madre
Tríptic de Mossèn Cinto (2004 Digital Remaster): L'Harpa Sagarda
Tríptic de Mossèn Cinto (2004 Digital Remaster): Lo violi de Sant Francesc
Tríptic de Mossèn Cinto (2004 Digital Remaster): Sant Franesch i la cigala
El combat del somni (orch.Ros-Marbá) (2004 Digital Remaster): Damunt de tú, només les flors
El combat del somni (orch.Ros-Marbá) (2004 Digital Remaster): Aquesta nit un mateix vent
El combat del somni (orch.Ros-Marbá) (2004 Digital Remaster): Jo et pressentia com la mar
Cinco canciones playeras españolas (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Rutas
Cinco canciones playeras españolas (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Pregon
Cinco canciones playeras españolas (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Las 12
Cinco canciones playeras españolas (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. El pescador
Cinco canciones playeras españolas (2004 Digital Remaster): V. Coplilla
Quatre Cançons (2004 Digital Remaster): Canço de grumet (Garcés)
Quatre Cançons (2004 Digital Remaster): Cançó incerta (Carner)
Quatre Cançons (2004 Digital Remaster): Maig (Catasús)
Quatre Cançons (2004 Digital Remaster): Anacreòntica (Arderiu)
Madrigal sobre un tema popular: El cant dels ocells (Traditional)

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