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Recital at Teatro Real & Nights In The Gardens of Spain / Achucarro, Rattle [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the gardens of Spain
>Falla, Manuel de : Homenaje "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy"
>Falla, Manuel de : Fantasia betica for Piano
>Albéniz, Isaac : Navarra in A-flat, B.49 (completed by Sévérac)
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123
>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano
>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11
>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (2) for piano (for left hand alone), Op. 9
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Presenting an evocative recital of Spanish-inspired music by Joaquín Achúcarro, and a triumphant performance of Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, these brilliant performances are at last being made available worldwide.

Fanfare
All this would have been enough, but then we are given an entrancing Valses nobles, one of the most coloristic accounts I know. And then, after Falla's overly long and loud Fantasia baetica , we get a perfect encore, Scriabin's dreamy Nocturne for the Left Hand, in which God seems to play the melody.

Fanfare
Ach·carro has delivered a recital that conveys each score with what appears to be a natural understanding of every phrase, everything performed with individuality and a full degree of color without resorting to garish gestures... You need this video

Blu-ray.com
Joaquin Achúcarro Simon Rattle Nights in the Gardens of Spain is an incredibly evocative and endlessly enjoyable trip to Andalusia, Granada, Navarre and points in between. This is some of the most unbelievably gorgeous music of the early 20th century, and the fact that so much of it is still incredibly popular today speaks volumes about the seemingly eternal allure of this region and its native musics. Though some of these pieces adapt folktunes from the region, what's so striking is how effortlessly so many composers - including French ones - were able to cull a truly Spanish feel from their own individual vocabularies. While Nights in the Gardens of Spain is the showcase here (and what a showcase it is), the overall Blu-ray offers a wonderful assortment of pieces that have either outright or tangential Spanish connections, and that means pieces with shimmering harmonies and a lot of very propulsive, complex rhythmic elements. Achúcarro is obviously well qualified to interpret these beautiful pieces, and he brings true artistry to his playing. Highly recommended.

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Regardless of my reservations about the recording qualities of the Berlin Philharmonic portion of this program, there are none about the musical collaboration between the Berliners, Sir Simon Rattle, and Sr. Joaquin Achucarro. This Nights in the Gardens of Spain gives viewers an excellent performance of a favorite piano "concerto" cast in the form of a tone poem. The "Falla and Friends" solo recital from Madrid brings this BD to another level entirely. Having grown up with 24/7 piano playing by a mother trained as a concert pianist, I have life-long familiarity with this instrument and its repertoire. Achucarro tackles some pretty formidable works like the "Scarbo" movement from Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, generally accepted as one of the great knuckle-busters in the literature. While I have heard technically more brilliant performances of this piece, I do not recall one that is more musically appealing or less apparently effortful. This observation could well be applied to any or all of the rest of the program. I would recommend that those coming to this Achucarro BD start with the solo recital and anticipate being mesmerized by this outstanding soloist as was I.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 102 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1



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Works Details

>Falla, Manuel de : Nights in the gardens of Spain
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1916

>Falla, Manuel de : Homenaje "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy"
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Falla, Manuel de : Fantasía bética for Piano
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Albéniz, Isaac : Navarra in A-flat, B.49 (completed by Sévérac)
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes (12) for piano, Book II, L. 123 :: Book 2. 3. La puerta del vino
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Debussy, Claude : Estampes (3) for Piano :: No 2, La Soirée dans Grenade
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Granados, Enrique : Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11 :: Book 1 - no 4, Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Ravel, Maurice : Gaspard de la nuit
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (2) for piano (for left hand alone), Op. 9 :: no 2. Nocturne (Left Hand Alone)
  • Performer: Joaquín Achúcarro (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894