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Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / Javier Perianes, piano

Album Summary

>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano
>Falla, Manuel de : Fantasía bética for Piano
>Falla, Manuel de : Homenaje - M. de Falla
>Falla, Manuel de : Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, G. 83 (orchestrated in "Homenajes")
>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the gardens of Spain
>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7)
>Falla, Manuel de : Nocturno, for piano, G. 3
>Falla, Manuel de : Mazurka in C minor, for piano, G. 11
>Falla, Manuel de : Serenata andaluza for Piano
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"I never thought of becoming a virtuoso. Virtuosity, with its concert tours, has always repelled me," Manuel de Falla told a journalist in 1915, by which time he had virtually turned his back on composition for solo piano. He did occasionally return to the genre, but his complete solo works for piano can be contained on a single CD, along with the famous Nights in the Gardens of Spain. The music proclaims its indebtedness to other composers, yet the music is still highly personal. To produce this exciting new recording, Javier Perianes and Josep Pons carefully studied the composer's original manuscripts held in the Archivo Manuel de Falla in Granada.

The Telegraph
Perianes brings colour and flair to Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain, matched by the rhythmic piquancy of the orchestra...A highly attractive disc.

Sunday Times
Falla has not found so persuasive an interpreter among his compatriots since the late, great Alicia de Larrocha. Perianes...relish[es] the dance rhythms and melodic sensuousness of the solo part as much as Pons and the BBCSO savour the colours and atmosphere of his Debussy- and Ravel-inspired orchestration. It is a rare treat to encounter a pianist so inside the idiom of Falla's seldom-heard works

BBC Music Magazine
In the Nights in the Gardens of Spain...both pianist and orchestra revel in its colouristic opportunities. Perianes employs the subtlest of rubatos here, teasing us with little delays and hurry-ups before joining the orchestra on the main beats. Thanks to the conductor these are firmly under control, affording a satisfying interplay between fantasy and rigour.

The Arts Desk
What immediately impresses is the sharpness, the steeliness of Josep Pons's accompaniment. He too loves [Noches] but never wallows in it...Perianes spent time consulting Falla's autograph scores before making these recordings; it's hard to imagine them being bettered.



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Works Details

>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1909

>Falla, Manuel de : Fantasía bética for Piano
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Falla, Manuel de : Homenaje - M. de Falla
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Falla, Manuel de : Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, G. 83 (orchestrated in "Homenajes")
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1935

>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the gardens of Spain
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Josep Pons
  • Running Time: 24 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1916

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7)
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1900

>Falla, Manuel de : Nocturno, for piano, G. 3
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Falla, Manuel de : Mazurka in C minor, for piano, G. 11
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Falla, Manuel de : Serenata andaluza for Piano
  • Performer: Javier Perianes (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio Berlin (12/18/2010-12/20/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900