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In order to carry out this exciting project, Javier Perianes and Josep Pons returned to the original sources: manuscripts held in the Archivo Manuel de Falla in Granada.
A rising star both in his native Spain and, more recently, much further afield, the young pianist Javier Perianes was in London, in January, for his debut concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, recorded here. The repertoire is a piece Perianes knows well, de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and the conductor is someone he knows and respects hugely, Josep Pons. Perianes continues to champion neglected Spanish composers and his most recent CD, of sonatas by Manuel Blasco de Nebra, has been a minor revelation.
Manuel De Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas - 1 Aragonesa. Allegro
Manuel De Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas - 2 Cubana. Moderato
Manuel De Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas - 3 Montañesa. Andantino Tranquillo
Manuel De Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas - 4 Andaluza. Vivo
Manuel De Falla: Fantasia Bætica
Manuel De Falla: Homenaje. "Le Tombeau De Claude Debussy"
Manuel De Falla: Pour Le Tombeau De Paul Dukas
Manuel De Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De España - 1 En El Generalife. Allegretto Tranquillo E Misterioso
Manuel De Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De España - 2 Danza Lejana. Allegretto Giusto
Manuel De Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De España - 3 En Los Jardines De La Sierra De Cordoba. Vivo
Manuel De Falla: Canción
Manuel De Falla: Nocturno
Manuel De Falla: Mazurka
Manuel De Falla: Serenata Andaluza
4th September 2011
“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”
2nd September 2011
“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.”
“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
29th October 2011
“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.”
“This is a disc to lift the spirits. Whether the music is sultry, strenuous or sunny, Javier Perianes plays with an infallible ear for style, atmosphere and colour...in the Nights in the Gardens of Spain the BBC Symphony Orchestra joins Perianes for a performance of panache and captivating flair and freshness.”
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