Zarzuela! - Spanish Operetta / Carreras, Berganza, Et Al

Release Date: 1/1/2001
Catalog Number: BRI92380
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Zarzuela, that vaguely undefinable type of musical theater particular to Spain, is an amalgam of opera, operetta, and what we know as musical comedy. Some songs can be sung by actors who sing, but most need singers who can act. In any case, many are rhythmically and melodically interesting, and when sung by healthy operatic voices with an understanding of the essential Spanish flavor and style, they're as handsome and varied as anything in Italian opera. Here are re-releases of some albums recorded in the mid-'70s by two great Spanish singers: José Carreras and Teresa Berganza. Berganza's mezzo is lightish and agile, with a Mediterranean warmth and a nice, full lower register. She can sound innocent or suggestively coy and sophisticated. In 1975 Carreras' tenor was at its peak--the most beautiful sound ever heard, burnished, with a dark hue and a gleaming top, every note produced evenly.

Fans of the tenor should leap to hear this despite the fact that Carreras rarely colors his tone to suit the individual character or situation, and his volume level tends to remain the same throughout. It is a tribute to the beauty of his tone, his impeccable diction, smooth-as-silk legato, and what at first hearing seems to be an involvement in the text, that his CD (he gets one disc, she gets two) never bores or tires the ear. The "passionate" songs come off best, due to the tenor's natural ardency, but he does manage some nice energy in "Jota" from La Bruja by Ruperto Chapi, and he's almost playful in Serrano's "Cancion guajira", with its repeated "la la las" and well-placed grace notes.


And Berganza is just sensational: the famous "Cancion Espanola" from El nino judio by Pablo Luna is gorgeously sung, with just the right elegant turns and decorations, and the love songs are all understated and caressed with a wide dynamic range. Each CD contains a few orchestral interludes as well. The accompaniments are ideal (from a British ensemble!) and the sound is warm and natural. There are no texts or translations, but we do get intelligent, informative notes. This is a delightful collection, at a giveaway price.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Doña Francisquita: Por el humo se sabe by Amadeo Vives
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Spain
2. El último romántico: Noche de amor by Reveriano Soutullo
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1927 ; Spain
3. El huésped del Sevillano: Raquel... by Jacinto Guerrero
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Spain
4. La picara molinera: Paxarin, tú que vuelas by Pablo Luna y Carné
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1928 ; Spain
5. El caserío: Romanza by Jesus Guridi
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; Spain
6. La Gran Vía: Tango de la Ermenegilda by Federico Chueca
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Spain
7. La Gran Via: Schotis del Eliseo madrileño by Federico Chueca
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; Spain
8. Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente: Prelude by Federico Chueca
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1897 ; Spain
9. Luisa Fernanda: De este apacible rincón by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; Spain
10. Alma de Dios: Canción húngara by Simeon José Serrano
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1907 ; Spain
11. La alegría del batallón: Cancion y guajiras by Simeon José Serrano
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; Spain
12. Los de Aragón: Cuantas veces solo by Simeon José Serrano
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1927 ; Spain
13. La Verbena de la Paloma: Introduction by Tomás Bretón
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Spain
14. El baile de Luis Alonso: Intermedio by Jerónimo Giménez
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Spain
15. La alegría de la huerta: Prelude by Federico Chueca
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Spain
16. El niño judío: Canción española by Pablo Luna y Carné
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918 ; Spain
17. Soleares: Intermedio by Jerónimo Giménez
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1919 ; Spain
18. La tempránica: Romanza by Jerónimo Giménez
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Spain
19. La tempránica: Zapateado "La tarántula é un bicho mú malo" by Jerónimo Giménez
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
20. Los borrachos: Prelude by Jerónimo Giménez
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1899 ; Spain
21. La leyenda del beso: Intermezzo by Reveriano Soutullo
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; Spain
22. El baile de Luis Alonso: Polka by Jerónimo Giménez
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Spain
23. El niño judío: Arabian Dance by Pablo Luna y Carné
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918 ; Spain
24. Doña Francisquita: Fandango by Amadeo Vives
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Spain
25. Alma de Dios: Overture by Simeon José Serrano
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1907 ; Spain
26. Alma de Dios: Escena y Farruca by Simeon José Serrano
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1907 ; Spain
27. El barberillo de Lavapiés: Canción de la paloma by Francisco Barbieri
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Spain
28. La reina mora: Coplas by Simeon José Serrano
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; Spain
29. El último romántico: Romanza de Encarnación by Reveriano Soutullo
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1927 ; Spain
30. La alegría del batallón: Escena by Simeon José Serrano
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; Spain
31. La alegría del batallón: A una gitana preciosa by Simeon José Serrano
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; Spain
32. El año pasado por agua: Oiga usté, caballero "Habanera" by Federico Chueca
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
33. La boda de Luis Alonso: Canción gitana by Jerónimo Giménez
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; Spain
34. Los de Aragón: Romanza de Pilar by Simeon José Serrano
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1927 ; Spain
35. Enseñanza libre: Gavotte by Jerónimo Giménez
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901 ; Spain
36. El bateo: Prelude by Federico Chueca
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1901 ; Spain
37. Benamor: Fire Dance by Pablo Luna y Carné
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1923 ; Spain
38. La Bruja: No extrañes, no, que se escapen "Jota" by Ruperto Chapi
Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Madrid, Spain
39. Las bravías: Schotis by Ruperto Chapi
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Spain
40. El barquillero: Romanza de Socorro by Ruperto Chapi
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1900 ; Spain
41. La chavala: Cancion de la gitana by Ruperto Chapi
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1898 ; Spain
42. Las hijas del Zebedeo: Carceleras by Ruperto Chapi
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Spain
43. La patria chica: Canción de Pastora by Ruperto Chapi
Performer: Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1907 ; Spain
44. La revoltosa: Eso le pasa a las hembras "Guajira" by Ruperto Chapi
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; Spain
45. La revoltosa: Overture by Ruperto Chapi
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; Spain
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