Francisco Alonso

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Born: May 9, 1887; Granada, Spain   Died: May 18, 1948; Madrid, Spain  
Alonso was one of the most popular zarzuela composers of his day, with works particularly noted for their lively dances and ability to capture the unique flavors of Spain's particular regions. He was also exceptionally prolific, writing almost 150 zarzuelas, as well as instrumental pieces, sainetes (one-act musicals), and songs for revistas (revues). His mother, a pianist, encouraged him to study music, and he began his studies with the Granada Read more Cathedral choirmaster, Antonio Segura, who introduced him to composition. Later, he studied with Celestine Villa. Unfortunately, his formal education ended early. While still in his teens, he was the music director for the Cordova Regiment, and wrote his first hit, the pasodoble dance Polvora sin humo, for them. He also conducted the Granada Philharmonic Society. In 1905, he wrote his zarzuela, La nina de los cantares. He moved to Madrid in 1911, with a view to establishing himself as a composer. Although he produced a steady stream of of works, success seemed elusive in Madrid. It was not until 1916 that he enjoyed true success, with the zarzuela Musica, luz y alegria. Other works passed more or less unnoticed. However, in 1924, he wrote two hits, La linda tapada and La bejarana. In 1925, he saw the first production of the zarzuela, La calesera; six years later, the revista, Las leandras, was produced. These two works eventually became his best-known compositions. The Spanish Civil War disrupted his career, and audiences were no longer as enamored of zarzuelas as before. While he continued to write and was given many state honors, his late works, such as the sainete Rosa la pantalonera (1938) and the 1942 revista Dona Mariqueta de mi corazon, were nowhere near the level of popular success of his pre-war works. Unlike the compositions of many of his fellow zarzuela composers, his works rarely enter the recording studios except in excerpts, though they are still staged in Spain. Read less
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    The Great Placido Domingo
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556098 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Katia Ricciarelli,  Ezio di Cesare,  John [Bass Vocals] Macurdy  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn,  Nello Santi,  Riccardo Muti,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rondalla Lirica de Madrid
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    The Very Best Of Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48676 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Renato Capecchi,  Peter Horton
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn,  Asher Fisch,  John Barker,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Best Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47472 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Arrigo Boito,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Reri Grist  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  John Barker,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    The Complete Conchita Supervia Vol 2 - Fonotipia And Odeon 1929-1930
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 52050 Release Date: 03/01/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carlos López Buchardo,  Ruperto Chapi,  Manuel de Falla,  Julio Gómez  ... 
    Performer:  Conchita Supervia,  Frank Marshall,  Marcos Redondo,  Vincenzo Bettoni
    Conductor:  Antonio Capdevila,  Gustav Cloëz,  Modesto Romero,  L. E. Gennai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Splendour Of Spain - Canciones Españolas / José Carreras
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432825 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando J. Obradors,  Federico Mompou,  Manuel de Falla,  Simeon José Serrano  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Martin Katz
    Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà,  Roberto Benzi,  Robin Stapleton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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