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Spanish Classics - Halffter: Orchestral Works Vol 1


Release Date: 01/18/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557623   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Rodolfo Halffter
Performer:  Maria Barrientos
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This lively and enjoyable music will appeal to anyone who likes Manuel de Falla, particularly in his later, spikier period (think of the Harpsichord Concerto). Less well known than his brother Ernesto, Rodolfo Halffter emigrated to Mexico in 1939 (he was born in 1900) where he taught at the National Conservatory. The music here is wholly winning, in a Spain-meets-Stravinsky sort of way. Paquiliztli is a wonderful toccata for seven percussionists that never wears out its welcome. The two overtures and both ballet suites have a neo-classical flavor, but are full of evocative and ear-catching sonorities. I particularly enjoyed the piano writing in the Obertura concertante, as well as the gorgeous Nocturno in the La madrugada del panadera (The Read more Baker's Dawn). The wedding scene from Don Lindo de Almería is also just lovely. The performances, sharp-edged but aptly so, are full of vigor and very persuasive, while the sonics, forward and slightly two-dimensional, are also clean and clear. I look forward to more in what promises to be an important new series.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Don Lindo de Almeria Suite, Op. 7b by Rodolfo Halffter
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  La Sala de Ensayos, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 19 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Obertura festiva, Op. 21 by Rodolfo Halffter
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  La Sala de Ensayos, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
La madrugada del panadero, Op. 12 by Rodolfo Halffter
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  La Sala de Ensayos, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 15 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
Paquiliztli, Op. 46 by Rodolfo Halffter
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; Mexico 
5.
Obertura concertante, Op. 5 by Rodolfo Halffter
Performer:  Maria Barrientos (Piano)
Conductor:  José Ramón Encinar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Madrid, Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  La Sala de Ensayos, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Paquiliztli, Op. 46
Obertura festiva (Festive Overture), Op. 21: Obertura festiva, Op. 21
Obertura concertante, Op. 5
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Entrada
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Escena y Danza primera
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Danza segunda
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Danza tercera
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Danza cuarta
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Nocturno
La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Op. 12a: Danza final
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Introduccion y Danza primera
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Escena y Danza segunda
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Danza tercera
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Danza cuarta
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Ceremonia nupcial
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Danza quinta y escena
Don Lindo de Almeria, Op. 7b: Danza final

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