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Spanish Classics - Bretón: Andalusian Scenes, Opera Preludes / Roa


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572076   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tomás Bretón isn't going to win any awards for originality, but his music is delicious. If you like all the usual late-Romantic "Spanishisms"--clicking castanets, glittering harps, melismatic oboe solos, and prowling modal bass lines, then you'll love this stuff. Escenas andaluzas has four very colorful movements and sounds a bit like early Turina, or a couple of lost bits of Iberia. The same goes for En la Alhambra, a soulful seven minutes of colorful orchestration and graceful melody. It's really a bit of a mystery that this music isn't better known; certainly it deserves repertory status.

The opera preludes also are very attractive; that from Los amantes de Teruel is a very substantial piece indeed,
Read more more than 10 minutes long and broodingly atmospheric. However, it's the Sardana from Garin that's the most fun. Its main theme, for solo trumpet and trombone, sounds like a Spanish take on Yellow Submarine, and it's every bit as catchy. The Madrid orchestra hasn't quite the opulence in the string section that the more effusive moments in Escenas andaluzas demand, but it plays very well under Miguel Roa, and the sonics have plenty of clarity and a nice, rich bass. A very fine release, highly recommended.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Escenas Andaluzas: no 1, Bolero by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
2.
Escenas Andaluzas: no 2, Polo Gitano by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
3.
Escenas Andaluzas: no 3, Marcha y saeta by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Escenas Andaluzas: no 4, Zapateado by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
5.
Guzmán el bueno: Prelude by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Spain 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1875 - 1896). 
6.
La Dolores: Prelude by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Spain 
7.
Los amantes de Teruel: Prelude by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1884 - 1889). 
8.
En la Alhambra by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
9.
MEDLEY Garín, l'eremita di Montserrat: Prelude/Garín, l'eremita di Montserrat: Sardana by Tomás Bretón
Conductor:  Miguel Roa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Community Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Notes: Composition written: Spain (1891 - 1892). 

Sound Samples

Escenas andaluzas: I. Bolero
Escenas andaluzas: II. Polo
Escenas andaluzas: III. Marcha y saeta
Escenas andaluzas: IV. Zapateado
Guzman el bueno: Prelude
La Dolores: Prelude
Garin: Sardana
Los amantes de Teruel: Prelude
En la Alhambra

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