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Spanish Classics - Halffter: Piano Music / Gonzalez


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo GonzálezBelen Gonzalez Domonte
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Ernesto Halffter's modest yet well-crafted piano output is best sampled in small doses, it's useful to have it bundled together in one release. There's little I can add to David Hurwitz's succinct comments about the music itself in his review of Adam Kent's complete Halffter cycle on Bridge. Guillermo González's Naxos cycle actually is "completer" than complete, and spills over onto a second disc. Disc one contains all of Halffter's original piano works, while disc two features piano arrangements of the entire ballet Sonatina, Pasodoble, Panaderos, and Boleras de la Cachucha, plus the tiny Tres piezas infantiles for piano duet. For the record, González omits El Cuco, a work Halffter wrote when he was six Read more that Kent transcribed from the elderly composer's own performance on tape. In the main, González's performances are a shade slower and more generalized in detail than Kent's leaner, more incisive, and rhythmically taut traversals. This particularly holds true for dance pieces such as Marche Joyeuse and L'espagnolade. Kent also imbues the three late Hommages (works that González premiered) with a lighter, more fluid touch. However, González's hotheaded, impulsive dynamic surges vivify the two Sonatas quite differently than Kent's buttoned-down, carefully thought out finger work does. Naxos' bright, slightly twangy sonics (more amplitude in the bass would have helped) suit the music well enough.

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

1.
Crepúsculos by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Spain 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
2.
Marche joyeuse by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
3.
Sonata for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1932; Spain 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1926 - 1932). 
4.
L'Espagnolade by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
5.
Gruss by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
6.
Serenata a Dulcinea by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Spain 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
7.
Preludio y danza by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; Spain 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
8.
Llanto por Ricardo Viñes by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
9.
Sonata for Piano "Homenaje a Domenico Scarlatti" by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Spain 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
10.
Hommages (3) for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Spain 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (01/09/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (04/05/2006); Concert Hall, Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain (05/16/2006) 
11.
Piezas cubanas (2) for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 10/15/1945; Madrid, Spain 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12.
Nocturno otoñal "Recordando a Chopin" by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
13.
Suite de las Doncellas by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Spain 
Length: 34 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Valencia 2 by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
15.
Doredianas Suite by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 12 Minutes 3 Secs. 
16.
Piezas infantiles (3) for Piano by Ernesto Halffter
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano), Belen Gonzalez Domonte (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Crepusculos: I. El viejo reloj del castillo
Crepusculos: II. Lullaby
Crepusculos: III. Una ermita en el bosque
Marche joyeuse
Piano Sonata
L'espagnolade
Gruss
Serenata a Dulcinea
2 piezas cubanas: No. 1. Habanera
2 piezas cubanas: No. 2. Pregon
Preludio y danza
Llanto por Ricardo Vines
Piano Sonata, "Homenaje a Domenico Scarlatti"
Nocturno otonal, "Recordando a Chopin"
Homenaje a Joaquin Turina
Homenaje a Federico Mompou
Homenaje a Rodolfo Halffter
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): I. Rigaudon
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): II. Zarabanda
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): III. Giga
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): IV. Danza de la pastora
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): V. Las doncellas: Fandango
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): VI. Danza de la gitana
Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina): VII. Danza final
Valencia II, Pasodoble (arr. for piano)
Doredianas (incomplete) (excerpts): Panaderos
Doredianas (incomplete) (excerpts): Boleras de la Cachucha
3 Piezas infantiles: No. 1. Serenade
3 Piezas infantiles: No. 2. Valse
3 Piezas infantiles: No. 3. Marche

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