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Manuel de Falla: Noches en los Jardines de Espana; El sombrero de Tres Picos; La Vida Breve / Clara Haskil, piano; Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano

Notes & Reviews:

This exciting disc features rare recordings by the legendary pianist Clara Haskil and the beloved mezzo Teresa Berganza. Carefully remastered to DSD from open-reel tapes from 1960-61, this SACD includes two masterworks by Manuel de Falla. Igor Markevitch and the Concerts Lamoureux orchestra accompany Haskil in the Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Berganza is paired with Ernest Ansermet and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in the complete ballet The Three Cornered Hat.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
From the first sharp strikes of the timpani, the muscular trumpets, the hearty "Oles", and Teresa Berganza's hearty, dark soprano - the first I've heard in this work that competes with Victoria de los Angeles's very different voice - it never loosens its grip. Every note is imbued with such energy that I wonder if there is a ballet troupe capable of such fire and athleticism. The performance makes me imagine a village street in Spain. Ansermet's Suisse Romande Orchestra sounds world class here. Its playing is so joyful that if someone told me the musicians were dancing, I'd believe it. Ansermet does the same for the Interlude and Dance from La Vida Breve, and I find that just as irresistible. Straight through, the performance is exciting, vigorous, and even, in places. Markevitch's conducting is electric, Haskil plays as if possessed, and the sound projects her technique clearly. One thing this performance has little of is perfume and impressionism, two qualities favored by several ARG reviews I've seen.


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