Bretón: La Verbena De La Paloma / Ros-marbá, Domingo, Et Al

Release Date: 7/1/2003
Label: Naive
Catalog Number: V4895
Composer: Tomás Bretón
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This 45 minutes (all the spoken dialog is omitted) of Tomas Breton's 1894 zarzuela is a sheer delight, beautifully performed. It's a wonderfully flavorful work that evokes Madrid street life when Madrid was younger; this is a true picture of a neighborhood. There is a rousing overture, flamenco singing, a honky-tonk-like piano solo, a mazurka in the form of a duet for violin and piano, a few nice, meaty songs, an evocative "nocturne", a great quintet, and a big finale. The tunes come one after the other.


This 1994 recording finds Placido Domingo in fine voice as the ardent, jealous typesetter; Maria Bayo is at her most charming as the flirty object of his desire; Rafael Castejon paints a weird, goofy portrait of a lecherous, though buffo-like, 70-year-old; and, having nothing to do with the plot, Milagros Martin almost walks away with the show as a moody singer. The leadership is zippy and infused with great rhythm, and the recording is a stunner. Interested in this odd, Spanish form? Here's a great beginning.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. La Verbena de la Paloma by Tomás Bretón
Performer: Enrique Baquerizo (Bass), Alfonso Echeverria (Bass), Juan Jesus Rodriguez (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Maria Bayo (Soprano), Alberto Rios (Voice), Alfredo Garcia-Huerga (Baritone), Ana Maria Amengual (Voice), Martín Grijalba (Baritone), Rafael Castejon (Voice), Raquel Pierotti (Soprano), Carmen Campos Ros (Voice), Ramón de Andrés (Baritone), Jesus Castejon (Bass Baritone), Maria Luisa Maesso (Mezzo Soprano), Milagros Martin (Mezzo Soprano), Silvia Tro Santafe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Spain
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