Teresa Berganza sings with great vitality and presence and much charm, admirably accompanied by Narciso Yepes and Félix Lavilla. Even listened to a whole disc at a time, this is enormously diverse and rewarding music.
DG's collection of "Canciones españolas" is a fine example of exactly how to present this kind of repertoire. These two CDs offer what is in effect a kind of potted history of Spanish song, opening with two pieces taken from the Cantigas de Santa Maria dating from the thirteenth century and moving on through Renaissance repertoire (Juan del Enema—a contemporary of Columbus, Francisco de La Torre, the Basque, Juan de Anchieta, Alonso Mudarra, Juan de Triana, Vázquez, MilanRead more and others, on to modern songs by Turina, Granados—La maja dolorosa, Guridi—Seis canciones castellanas, Falla's justly famous Siete canciones populares españolas, Lorca's Trece canciones españolas antiquas—traditional settings—and Montsalvatge's Canciones negras). Teresa Berganza sings with great vitality and presence and much charm. She is admirably accompanied, for the most part by Narciso Yepes (guitar), but Félix Lavilla (piano) also contributes where appropriate. Even listened to a whole disc at a time, this is enormously diverse and rewarding music, but dipped into, these discs are a source of even greater pleasure. The CD transfers, from recordings made between 1974 and 1976, could hardly be better managed.