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Manuel de Falla: Works for Stage and Concert Hall (2012)

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Manuel de Falla: Works for Stage and Concert Hall (2012)

Manuel de Falla: Works for Stage and Concert Hall (2012)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10694

The works for stage and concert hall by Manuel de Falla starts off our new Spanish series with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Juanjo Mena.

Nights in the Gardens of Spain is among Falla’s most impressionistic and poetic works, full of shimmering textures that recall Debussy, but with a hard-edged precision brought to the forefront by the piano. Each of the three movements is imbued with a strong sense of location. The first evokes the Generalife gardens of the Alhambra in Granada; the second, and most animated, displays a strong North African quality; and the third is inspired by the gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba. Here Falla’s lustrous and voluptuous writing is contrasted with a dramatic refrain full of energy, colour, and savagery, and the work offers one of the most sensuous endings in all music. It was performed by the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, as part of the conductor’s debut performance at the Proms in 2011. On this recording, they are joined by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, the exclusive Chandos artist and multi-award winning pianist.

Based on the novel by Alarcón, The Three-cornered Hat was commissioned in 1916 by the impresario Diaghilev for his Russian ballet company, the Ballets russes. Centred round sexual jealousy, possessiveness, mistaken identity, and deception, it tells the story of the failed attempts by an elderly local magistrate (whose three-cornered hat is a symbol of authority) to seduce the miller’s lovely wife. The music is exuberant, the principal characters wittily characterised, and the original production itself boasted an incredible wealth of talent: choreography by Léonide Massine, set and costume designs by Pablo Picasso, and the star ballerina Karsavina dancing the part of the miller’s wife. It was one of the company’s greatest successes, and put Falla on the international map as a composer.

Also on this disc is the Homenajes, in which Falla pays tribute to fellow musicians and composers. ‘Fanfare sobre el nombre de Arbós’ was written for the seventieth birthday celebrations of the conductor Enrique Fernández Arbós, while ‘Pedrelliana’ pays posthumous homage to Falla’s teacher Felipe Pedrell, who had informed so much of his musical thinking.

Raquel Lojendio - soprano
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - piano
BBC Philharmonic

Reviews: “The acoustics sound good and accommodating, with enough space to give the music air and a luminous glow, on which Mena capitalises in The Three-Cornered Hat, drawing a range of colour and atmosphere from the orchestra and getting its members to clap and shout “Oi!” with some gusto in the introduction. Light and shade are well delineated, as are the contrasts between sultriness and vitality.”

“one of those experiences that change one's perception of a work forever…At the most basic level they take the trouble to get the balance right. ['Nights'] is no concerto, and the pianist has to be an observer of the music's events rather than needing to boss them around…the level of engagement with the music is exceptional. Often spacious and dark, the performance reaches past its starlit, balmy surfaces to find the ache and stoicism of Spanish history”

Tracklisting:

El sombrero de tres picos 38:19
1 Introduction. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco meno mosso - Come prima 1:31
2 Part 1. La tarde. Allegretto mosso - Moderato - 5:35
3 Danza de la Moliera (Fandango). Allegro ma non troppo - Moderato 3:36
4 Las uvas. Vivo - Mosso 4:06
5 Part 2. Danza de los vecinos (Sequidillas). Allegro ma non troppo 3:20
6 Danza del Molinero (Farruca). Poco vivo - 3:03
7 [Interlude] Allegretto 1:36
8 [Interlude] Tranquillo 3:02
9 Danza del Corregidor. Allegretto - Poco vivo (giocoso) - Allegro - 6:25
10 Danza final (Jota). Poco mosso - Allegro ritmico, molto moderato e pesante - 5:55

Noches en los jardines de España 22:14
(Nights in the Gardens of Spain)
11 En el Generalife. Allegretto tranquillo e misterioso - 10:01
12 Danza lejana. Allegretto giusto - Poco animato - 4:42
13 En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba. Vivo - Calmando appena e gradualmente - 7:26

Homenajes 15:46
(Tributes)
14 á E.F. Arbós (Fanfare). Allegro con brio - Con giubilo - Meno mosso 0:55
15 á Claude Debussy (Elegia de la guitarra). Mesto e calmo - Giusto - I. Tempo 3:22
16 Rappel de la Fanfare. Allegro 0:18
17 á Paul Dukas (Spes vitae). Andante molto sostenuto 4:00
18 Pedrelliana. Moderatamente - Un poco animato - Deciso - Moderato - 7:07

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