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« Reply #40 on: May 05, 2018, 04:55:50 AM »
I recall not being impressed by the Piano Music. Was I wrong?

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« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2018, 06:30:36 AM »
I recall not being impressed by the Piano Music. Was I wrong?

If you don’t like it, you don’t like it, but I disagree. He wrote some real gems here. Check out Perianes on Harmonia Mundi.
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« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2020, 07:44:44 PM »
Thought I would revive this thread mainly for Rafael and myself who seem to be the only resident Falla fans here.... :)

Anyway, I'm now listening to the Victoria de los Angeles recording (w/ Frühbeck de Burgos) of La vida breve on EMI and I’m loving this performance. What was I missing before? The only other performance of this opera I own is Pons on Harmonia Mundi, but, for some reason, that performance didn't resonate with me. Now, I’m considering the Navarra recording on Deutsche Grammophe unless Rafael has any objections? While I adore El retablo de maese Pedro, I have to say that La vida breve has its’ own charms and this is Falla in full-on ‘Spanish Impressionism’ mode (if this makes any sense) and how wonderful it is, too.

Speaking of El retablo de maese Pedro, I really have enjoyed every performance I’ve heard of it, but I quite like Dutoit’s performance on Erato. I also like Pons on Harmonia Mundi.
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« Reply #43 on: March 02, 2020, 09:35:57 PM »
One of my favorite photos of Falla:
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« Reply #44 on: March 02, 2020, 11:30:07 PM »
One of my favorite photos of Falla:
Yes it's great!
I have the highest opinion of 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain', of which I have several recordings, and tend to like much of what I've heard by Falla.
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« Reply #45 on: March 03, 2020, 02:53:29 AM »
I ordered Alicia de Larrocha playing Nights in the Gardens of Spain. I'm looking forward to spending time with this composer's music. But as it stands, I have heard very little.

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« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2020, 05:34:52 AM »
I ordered Alicia de Larrocha playing Nights in the Gardens of Spain. I'm looking forward to spending time with this composer's music. But as it stands, I have heard very little.
I'm sure you'll enjoy that work. It has a poetic and rather magical atmosphere.  I like this recording:
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2020, 07:11:14 AM »
Yes it's great!
I have the highest opinion of 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain', of which I have several recordings, and tend to like much of what I've heard by Falla.

Very nice, Jeffrey. Do you know the solo piano music? It’s worth looking into.
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« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2020, 07:25:07 AM »
Do not forget the Harpsichord Concerto! A great work which thanks to this thread I will play this evening. :)
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« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2020, 07:45:02 AM »
I ordered Alicia de Larrocha playing Nights in the Gardens of Spain. I'm looking forward to spending time with this composer's music. But as it stands, I have heard very little.

Falla’s oeuvre is quite small and it would be easy to go through it in one day (that is, if you had a day completely devoted to listening to his music and no distractions whatsoever). Unfortunately, his discography is so spread out and there’s still parts of his oeuvre that aren’t well-known at all like his chamber music and songs for example. The ballets, operas, and solo piano music have been recorded many times.
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« Reply #50 on: March 03, 2020, 07:45:28 AM »
Do not forget the Harpsichord Concerto! A great work which thanks to this thread I will play this evening. :)

A fine work, indeed. 8)
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« Reply #51 on: March 03, 2020, 08:04:07 AM »
Very nice, Jeffrey. Do you know the solo piano music? It’s worth looking into.
Thanks John. No I don't. Clearly something to investigate as I find Falla to be an interesting composer. I have a nice Clifford Curzon boxed set which features Falla's 'Nights in the Gardens of Spain' on the same CD as Rawsthorne's Second Piano Concerto in fine performances. That CD gives me great pleasure as they are two of my favourite piano concertos:
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