Spain / Franz Halász

Release Date: 4/9/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2565
Performer: Franz Halász
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 79 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In June of 1922, a cultural fiesta took place on the grounds of Granada’s Alhambra palace, organized by Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca. The aim of the event was to preserve the ‘purity’ of flamenco art and the opening performance was given by 29-year-old guitarist Andrés Segovia. Ironically, Segovia played de Falla’s Hommage to Claude Debussy (featured on this album) – a work which can hardly be described as pure flamenco. But this can be seen as symptomatic of an important trait in the music of 20th-century Spain: Certain composers defended what they believed to be a noble, gallant and Castilian ideal, while others embarked on an quest to restore the ‘lost purity’ of the peasantry, but embracing Modernism and Impressionism as stylistic tools in order to do so. This is demonstrated on Franz Halász’s new disc, which provides a context – Milán’s Pavanes from the 16th century, Fernando Sor’s ‘Malbroug’ Variations from 1827 – while juxtaposing later works that embody the described, conflicting attitudes. This makes for a colorful and varied programme, taking in highlights in the guitar literature such as Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra as well as Joaquín Turina’s Guitar Sonata, here recorded – for the first time – from a copy of Turina’s original manuscript, and not Segovia’s published version with numerous changes. The winner of a Latin Grammy, Franz Halász is a highly acclaimed guitarist who here also makes his own contribution to the repertoire of his instrument, with his own arrangements of de Falla and Isaac Albéniz.

 

REVIEW:

 

This varied, highly atmospheric album of Spanish guitar music gives Halasz the opportunity to use a multiplicity of stylistic elements, and his sense of dramatic progression is particularly impressing. Joy of playing, love for the instrument and the music, are further essential components of his interpretations, making this a valuable and attractive recording.

 

– Pizzicato (Remy Franck)

Works on This Recording
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
2. La Frontera de Dios: II. Meditación by Regino Sainz de la Maza
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1965 ;
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
4. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo: No. 8. La maja de Goya (arr. M. Llobet Solés for guitar) by Enrique Granados
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1911 ;
5. Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Pavana No. 3 by Luys Milán
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1535 ;
6. Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Pavana No. 2 by Luys Milán
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1536 ;
7. Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Pavana No. 1 by Luys Milán
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1536 ;
8. Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Pavana No. 4 by Luys Milán
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1536 ;
9. Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Pavana No. 5 by Luys Milán
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1536 ;
10. Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Pavana No. 6 by Luys Milán
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1536 ;
11. Variations for Guitar on Marlborough s'en va-t-en-guerre, Op. 28 by Fernando Sor
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1827 ;
12. Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy: No. 9. Homenaje (version for guitar) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1920 ;
13. El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Part II: Danza del molinero (Farruca) (Miller's Dance) (arr. F. Halász for guitar) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1919 ;
14. Castillos de España II: No. 6. Torija by Federico Moreno Torroba
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1978 ;
15. Lágrima by Francisco Tarrega
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
16. Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1880-1905 ; Spain
17. Suite española No. 1, Op. 47: I. Granada (Serenata) (arr. F. Halász for guitar) by Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1886 ;
18. España, Op. 165: V. Capricho Catalán (arr. F. Halász for guitar) by Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1890 ;
19. Suite española No. 1, Op. 47: IV. Cádiz (Canción) (arr. F. Halász for guitar) by Isaac Albeniz
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1886 ;
20. Sevillana, Op. 29 by Joaquin Turina
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1923 ;
21. I. Lento - Allegro by Joaquin Turina
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1931 ;
22. II. Andante by Joaquin Turina
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1931 ;
23. III. Allegro vivo by Joaquin Turina
Performer: Franz Halász (Guitar)
Written: 1931 ;
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