Falla: Piano Music, Vol. 2

Falla: Piano Music, Vol. 2

by Daniel Ligorio
     
 
An adequate yet uninspiring performance, Daniel Ligorio's second volume of the piano music of Manuel de Falla is unlikely to evoke any particularly strong emotions either way. This seems to have as much to do with the recorded sound as anything else. The piano sounds quite dull, with the lower notes hitting like a "thud" and the upper

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An adequate yet uninspiring performance, Daniel Ligorio's second volume of the piano music of Manuel de Falla is unlikely to evoke any particularly strong emotions either way. This seems to have as much to do with the recorded sound as anything else. The piano sounds quite dull, with the lower notes hitting like a "thud" and the upper register lacking enough resonance. Dull piano plus Spanish music equals dull Spanish music, lacking in the flair and panache delivered by the Grand Dame of Spanish piano music: Alicia de Larrocha. Ligorio's undertaking is not completely without its merits. His playing is technically quite proficient and he's obviously trying to convey the fiery emotions of the music; it just fails to come across as clearly as he might have hoped. The selection of pieces on the album is enjoyable and runs the gamut from early student works, the "Fantasía bética" (commissioned and premiered by Arthur Rubinstein, who also played with more flash than Ligorio), to the much more commonly heard Suite from the "Three Cornered Hat." You could certainly do a lot worse than this album, especially at the price, but you could also do a lot better for just a few dollars more.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313506620
catalogNumber:
8555066
Rank:
214205

Tracks

  1. Obras desconocidas (3), for piano: 1. Canción
  2. Obras desconocidas (3), for piano: 2. Cortejo de los gnomos
  3. Vals Capricho, for piano, G. 15
  4. Obras desconocidas (3), for piano: 3. Canción de los remeros del Volga
  5. Mazurka in C minor, for piano, G. 11
  6. Fantasía Baetica, for piano, G. 55 (orchestrated by Halffter)
  7. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Danza primera
  8. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Danza segunda
  9. El Sombrero de tres picos, ballet in 2 parts, G. 53: Danza de la molinera
  10. El Sombrero de tres picos, ballet in 2 parts, G. 53: Danza de los vecinos
  11. El Sombrero de tres picos, ballet in 2 parts, G. 53: Danza del molinero
  12. El Sombrero de tres picos, ballet in 2 parts, G. 53: Danza del corregidor
  13. El Sombrero de tres picos, ballet in 2 parts, G. 53: Danza final - jota

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