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Classical - Released September 20, 2019 | harmonia mundi

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The discography of Manuel de Falla’s two most famous orchestral scores - El sombrero de tres picos (1916-1919) and El amor brujo (1919-1925) - reveals a certain proximity to French and (of course) Spanish orchestras. These two delicate ballets require fine balances and sharp attacks while showing a sensitivity to timbres and natural balances. Given the general scarcity of recordings of these ballets, fans of the composer must not miss this new Falla release, which presents two surprises: firstly, in El amor brujo, Pablo Heras-Casado uses a “cantaora”, in line with Josep Pons’ attempts more than twenty years ago, giving an exquisite touch of Iberian exoticism. The second surprise is that it is the Mahler Chamber Orchestra who are performing here (which could almost feel incongruous, were it not performed by musicians of such a high calibre). The orchestra is unfamiliar with this repertoire, yet the musicians undeniably virtuosic all the same. Though since Pablo Heras-Casado has been travelling all over the place, has he perhaps lost his sense of direction? El Sombrero de tres picos feels almost like Nielsen’s Aladdin here and the colours deployed in El amor brujo often evoke Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana or Nordic serenades. Doesn’t Falla’s Spain have more nerve and radiance? It calls for us to listen to Ataúlfo Argenta’s version with the Conservatory Concert Society (notably the recording of El amor brujo with Ana Maria Iriarte, 1953) again, just to make sure. © QobuzThe two splendid works on this album resulted from Manuel de Falla's encounter with the husband-and-wife team of dramatists Martínez Sierra-Lejárraga: El amor brujo, whose eminently ‘gypsy’ inspiration takes us to the very heart of the flamenco repertory, here magnificently embodied under the direction of maestro Pablo Heras-Casado; and the brilliant pantomime El sombrero de tres picos, for which Picasso designed the sets and costumes – exactly 100 years ago! © harmonia mundi
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Classical - Released May 10, 2019 | Naxos

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Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo is unique in that it has very rarely been performed or recorded in its original version, which remained unpublished after Falla found success with revisions that substantially changed the work. It was reconstructed in the 1980s from Falla's manuscripts, and it's quite a revelation: El amor brujo was originally a mostly vocal work whose Gypsy component was accordingly stronger. The 1915 version has been recorded before, but it gets what may be a definitive performance here by the New York-area group, Perspectives Ensemble, under Angel Gil-Ordóñez, with Cantaora singer Esperanza Fernández. She's a full-throated singer in the flamenco mold, and the story of a Gypsy girl trying to escape her lover's ghost suddenly becomes not a mood setting, but a real dramatic tale. Sample one of Fernández's pieces, such as the Canción del fuego fatuo from Act II, and you may be immediately hooked. Other attractions include the spare sound of Perspectives Ensemble, especially sharp in the small and more Stravinsky-like little opera El retablo de Maese Pedro, from eight years later. A real sleeper from Naxos that alters perceptions of a major work with powerful performances. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | PentaTone

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Manuel de Falla’s richly evocative music erupts in a riot of colour in this vibrant new recording from Kazuki Yamada with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Works included are the ever popular Noches en los jardines de España and El sombrero de tres picos as well as movements from La vida breve and El amor brujo. The sultry warm atmosphere of an Andalusian night is almost palpable in Falla’s spellbinding Noches en los jardines de España. With its shimmering, sensuous harmonies, exquisite orchestral colours and exuberant melodies and rhythms, it’s perhaps Falla’s most impressionistic work. Using a large orchestral canvas on which he paints with deft, luminous strokes, Falla skilfully integrates a virtuoso piano part to create lovingly evocative music, full of captivating beauty. Elsewhere with the sensational ballet El sombrero de tres picos, Falla conjures up music steeped in Andalusian culture which is boisterous, full-bloodied, and urgent. It’s impossible not to be swept along by the drama in this orchestral showpiece. By turns lyrical, sensuous, or dramatic, the meticulously written score is full of surprises and the work positively bristles with wit, energy and exuberant intensity. (Text label)
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Classical - Released September 6, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released May 1, 2005 | Naxos

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Classical - Released July 1, 1999 | Warner Classics

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Symphonic Music - Released February 7, 2012 | Chandos

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Classical - Released December 4, 1974 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released January 1, 1962 | BnF Collection

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Solo Piano - Released October 21, 2016 | La Dolce Volta

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Classical - Released June 29, 2010 | harmonia mundi

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Opera - Released March 1, 2019 | Chandos

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La vida breve is the first great work by Manuel de Falla, not only on account of the brilliance of his achievement, but also because in this score the powerful musical personality of the composer shines through. It introduces an orchestral scope that was previously unheard of in Hispanic musical theatre; there are direct references to folklore; there is the very remarkable role of the choir, and the incredible ability to evoke the magic of the Albaicín in Granada. The idea of the story came to Falla when he read, in the periodical "Blanco y Negro", a short poem of clear social content, written by Carlos Fernández-Shaw, which would become the heart of the libretto. ‘I am filled with emotion at the prospect of releasing this disc, because for all Spanish conductors Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve is the highpoint of Spanish opera and a fundamental work in our repertoire.’ (Juanjo Mena) © Chandos
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Classical - Released June 7, 2019 | Archiphon

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Keyboard Concertos - Released September 5, 1994 | Naxos

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Classical - Released October 24, 2014 | Mirare

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Classical - Released November 6, 2007 | harmonia mundi

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Portrait de Manuel de Falla

Manuel de Falla, concision et épuration

Avant la démarche de Federico Mompou, tout le chemin créatif de Manuel de Falla tend à un certaine épuration. Du Notturno au Concerto pour clavecin, Falla intègre toujours plus, et totalement, l'obscur, les tonalités sombres. Si les 4 magnifiques Pièces espagnoles poursuivent le style d'Albéniz, mêlée à Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, la Fantaisie bétique est une vaste architecture, dont la perfection formelle étonne autant que la densité harmonique. Une oeuvre magnifique, à écouter et réécouter !

PLUS DE MUSIQUE DE MANUEL DE FALLA