Manuel de Falla Collection

Release Date: 9/24/2021
Catalog Number: 96353
Composer: Manuel de Falla, G. Pekkera
Performer: Martha Senn, Carlos Silva, Carlos Enrique Iglesias...
Orchestra/Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Alberto Grau Cantoria, Rafael Suarez Polyphonic Choir...
Number of Discs: 5
Length: 306 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With its super-budget-priced boxes of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich among many others, Brilliant Classics cornered the market in definitive composer editions long before other labels began to follow their lead. Music-lovers can now add a one-stop guide to the thrilling and colourful world of Manuel de Falla to their libraries with this comprehensive collection of his greatest masterpieces in modern digital recordings. As the central figure of Spanish music in the first half of the last century, de Falla (1876-1946) came to define the sound of Spain for listeners beyond its borders. Folk music, romanticism, neoclassicism, modernism: all the prevalent styles of his time were assimilated and absorbed within a personal idiom that advanced the work of notable predecessors such as Albeniz and Granados in establishing a distinctively Spanish idiom for art music, making him a worthy contemporary of other composers outside the central European mainstream from Vaughan Williams in England to Bartók in Hungary and Sibelius in Finland. Falla’s cycle of Seven Popular Spanish Songs is a perfect synthesis of artsong and folksong, performed here in Luciano Berio’s orchestration by Marta Senn and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Eduardo Mata, the Mexican conductor renowned for his dynamic interpretations of Hispanic repertoire. The songs return in their instrumental guise as the Suite populaire espagnole, with the cellist Timora Rosler accompanied by Klára Würtz. Rafael Puyana is a uniquely sympathetic soloist in the Harpsichord Concerto which gave the instrument new life beyond its Baroque associations. Benita Meshulam is widely recognized as the inheritor of Alicia de Larrocha’s mantle with her superbly atmospheric recordings of Spanish piano music.

 

Works on This Recording
1. El amor brujo (Love, the Magician) (1915 version) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Martha Senn (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Written: 1915 ;
2. 7 Canciones populares españolas (arr. L. Berio for voice and orchestra) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Martha Senn (Mezzo-soprano)
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Written: 1914 ;
3. Homenajes (after M. de Falla) by G. Pekkera
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Written: 1941 ;
4. El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat): Suite No. 2 by Manuel de Falla
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Written: 1921 ;
5. La vida breve by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Carlos Silva (Vocals), Carlos Enrique Iglesias (Vocals), Cecilia Angell (Mezzo-soprano), Claudio Muskus (Baritone), Elizabeth Almenar (Soprano), Elvira Torres (Vocals), Fernando de la Mora (Tenor), Hector Talavera Medina (Guitar), Jorge Luis Negrete Martinez (Guitar), Lisbeth Rojas (Vocals), Maria Eglee Perez (Vocals), Martha Senn (Mezzo-soprano), William Alvarado (Baritone)
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Alberto Grau Cantoria, Rafael Suarez Polyphonic Choir, Schola Cantorum de Caracas, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1905 ; Spain
6. El retablo de maese Pedro by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Solistas de Mexico
Period: 20th Century
7. Psyché by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Julianne Baird (Soprano)
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Solistas de Mexico
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; Spain
8. Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble: Solistas de Mexico
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923-1926 ; Spain
9. El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) (version for piano) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
10. Serenata by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
11. Mazurka by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
12. Serenata Andaluza by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1899 ;
13. Nocturno by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1899 ;
14. Canción by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1900 ;
15. Fantasia baetica by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1917 ;
16. Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Garden of Spain) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Jutta Czapski (Piano)
Conductor: Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
17. 4 Piezas españolas by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1908 ;
18. El amor brujo (Love, the Magician): VIII. Danza del ritual del fuego fatuo (Ritual Fire Dance) (version for piano) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1915 ;
19. Cortejo de gnomos by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1901 ;
20. Vals-capricho by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900 ; Spain
21. Allegro de concierto by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Spain
22. Canto de los remeros del Volga (Song of the Volga Boatmen) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Written: 1922 ;
23. Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Benita Meshulam (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; Spain
24. Suite populaire espagnole (arr. for cello and piano) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Klára Würtz (Piano), Timora Rosler (Cello)
Written: 1926 ;
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