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Written between 1902 and 1965, the canciones recorded here faithfully reflect both the evolution of Spanish art song in the 20th century and the attachment of its composers to France. Manuel de Falla’s famous Seven Spanish Folksongs are placed here alongside elegant little gems like the Three Spanish Songs and Four Sephardic Songs of Joaquín Rodrigo.
From the enchantments of Andalusia to the laments of León, this disc invites you on a journey through a Spain of dreams.
Born in Buenos Aires to Slovenian parents, Bernarda Fink studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón. She was recently heard in Mahler’s 'Resurrection' Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Simon Rattle, works by Bach with Harnoncourt at the Vienna Musikverein and Mahler’s 'Kindertotenlieder' with the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall. She gives song recitals in the principal European and American musical centres and her recordings are regularly acclaimed by the international press.
“she does wonderful things with Granados's Tonadillas and with those expansive Rodrigo melodies in which Moorish and Sephardic influences are strong. But she's too ladylike, in places, for Falla and the demotic carnality of his Siete Canciones Populares Españolas sounds affected rather than natural.” The Guardian, 15th November 2012 ****
“Like de los Angeles and Berganza, Fink can adopt a variety of vocal “faces”, from ingénue to earthy, digging into her chest voice with an intensity that is both visceral and anguished. Fink is one of the song repertoire’s most complete polyglots...these performances are idiomatic and thrilling.” Sunday Times, 25th November 2012
“With her Slovenian (ie central European) parentage and Buenos Aires upbringing, Bernard Fink is ideally paced to dip one performing toe in each of the classical and linguistic/folkloric streams of this music. Together with the pianism of Anthony Spiri - who clearly knows how to let his hair down...- she presents compelling versions of material which is not short of recorded competitors” Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
“Here she [Fink] presents 33 songs, sung as always with impeccable vocal control and absolute understanding and enunciation of text and expressive intent … these canciones espanolas form a collection that falls most pleasantly on the ear” International Record Review, February 2013
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Falla - Music for Guitar
Katona Twins (guitar duo), Juanita Lascarro (soprano) & David Garcia MIR (percussion)
Works of Manuel de Falla - widely regarded as the most distinguished Spanish composer of the early twentieth century - are strongly influenced by Spanish folk music in which the guitar is central. Although he composed only one piece for that instrument his inspiration was flamenco and early Spanish music, including the guitar works of Gaspar Sanz. The guitar also features in Falla‘s first great success, the opera ‘La Vida Breve’. For this recording, we have selected and transcribed works in which the influence of the guitar was dominant thus translating these pieces back to their original source of inspiration. We felt that adding percussion would enhance the rhythmic element that is most characteristic for the music of Spain. We hope that showing De Falla’s work in this dynamic light will bring new audiences to his brilliant music.
Rythmic elements in exciting arrangements played by specialist DAVID GARCIA MIR.
Starring JUANITA LASCARRO, who made a spectacular British operatic debut as the heroine of Strauss' Daphne and continues to sing the coming season principal roles in many of the major European theatres.
"The twins Peter and Zoltán Katona have created a guitar duo noted for spirited interpretations, amazing virtuosity, and an uncanny ensemble that many attribute to their shared genetic heritage. The brothers from Budapest move and breathe together, and they mark changes of mood with an exchange of glances that highlights their musical decisions. And in their Saturday concert at Herbst Theatre, the Katona Twins united what had once seemed to be the irreconcilable opposites of Bream’s unbridled enthusiasm and Williams’ calm mastery. " SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE, 14 MARCH 2009
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Falla: Complete Works for Voice & Piano
Montserrat Torruella (mezzo), Manuel Garcia Morante (piano)
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Songs Of The Romantic Age
Nachtigall, Op. 97 No. 1
Le Colibri, Op. 2 No. 7 (de Lisle)
Moja pieszczotka (My Sweetheart), Op. 74 No. 12
Les filles de Cadix
O del mio amato ben
Tus ojillos negros
Chanson d'amour, Op. 27 No. 1
Chanson de Juin
Two Little Flowers
Erster Verlust, Op. 6 No. 8
Bei der Wiege, Op. 47 No. 6
Where are you, little star?
Serenade, Op. 7
The bush on the hill, Op.104 No.3
The Muse, Op. 34 No. 1
O falce di luna, P. 90 No. 1
Ich hab' im Traum geweinet (No. 13 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)
Norden, Op. 90 No. 1 (Runeberg)
Ich Schwebe, Op. 48 No. 2
Was I not a blade of grass?, Op. 47 No. 7
Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen (No. 11 from Italienisches Liederbuch)
Patrice Michaels Bedi (soprano), Deborah Sobol (piano)
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