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Rodolfo Halffter: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 / Madrid Community Orchestra Soloists

Audio Samples

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Giga for guitar, Op. 3
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Tres piezas breves, for harp, Op. 13a
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Dos Sonatas de el Escorial, for piano, Op. 2
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Homenaje a Antonio Machado, for piano, Op. 13
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Divertimento, for ensemble, Op. 7a
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Laberinto
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Caprichio, for violin, Op. 40
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Epinicio, for flute & piano, Op. 42
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Secuencia for piano, Op. 39

Album Summary

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Giga for guitar, Op. 3
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Tres piezas breves, for harp, Op. 13a
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Dos Sonatas de el Escorial, for piano, Op. 2
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Homenaje a Antonio Machado, for piano, Op. 13
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Divertimento, for ensemble, Op. 7a
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Laberinto
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Caprichio, for violin, Op. 40
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Epinicio, for flute & piano, Op. 42
>Halffter, Rodolfo : Secuencia for piano, Op. 39
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Spanish-born composer Rodolfo Halffter's chamber music embraced influences from both the Old and New Worlds, his compositional approach shifting freely between nationalism, neo-classicism and the avant-garde. The works on this second volume span most of his career, from the two Sonatas de El Escorial (1928) to Epinicio (1979). Whether referring back to the Renaissance or the time of Scarlatti and Soler, his music fascinates listeners with its dancing rhythms and highly individual character.

Audiophile Audition
The Madrid-based musical forces under conductor Manuel Coves turn in very polished performances that bespeak a close affinity for Halffter's idiom. Francisco Segovia has most of the heavy lifting to do, in Halffter's late serial compositions for piano, but impressive solo performances come as well from Victor Arriola and Cinta Varea. And though the recordings were set down in a number of different venues in Madrid, the sonics are pleasing across the board. I guess it's time to catch up with Volume 1...

MusicWeb International
Once again, the sound quality on this studio recording is very good - only the Capricho has a very faint but noticeable hum all the way through. Inside the booklet, the liner notes are good and some of the soloists even get a small, old Eastern bloc-style photograph. Performances are solid, warm and enthusiastic - colour photos for all in volume 3 maybe?



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Works Details

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Giga for guitar, Op. 3
  • Performer: Miguel Jimenez (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Madrid Community Orchestra Soloists
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Tres piezas breves, for harp, Op. 13a
  • Performer: Beatriz Millan (Harp)
  • Ensemble: Madrid Community Orchestra Soloists
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Dos Sonatas de el Escorial, for piano, Op. 2
  • Performer: Francisco Segovia (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Madrid Community Orchestra Soloists
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Homenaje a Antonio Machado, for piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Francisco Segovia (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Madrid Community Orchestra Soloists
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Divertimento, for ensemble, Op. 7a
  • Performers: Rafael Domínguez (Cello); Víctor Arriola (Violin); César Asensi (Trumpet); Cinta Tortola (Flute); Alexander Trotshinsky (Viola); Vincente Fernandez (Oboe); Paulo Vieira (Violin); Nerea Meyer (Clarinet); Francisco Mas (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Manuel Coves
  • Ensemble: Madrid Community Orchestra Soloists
  • Running Time: 10 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Laberinto
  • Performer: Francisco Segovia (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Caprichio, for violin, Op. 40
  • Performer: Víctor Arriola (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Epinicio, for flute & piano, Op. 42
  • Performers: Francisco Segovia (Piano); Cinta Tortola (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Halffter, Rodolfo : Secuencia for piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Francisco Segovia (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977