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Habanera
     

Habanera

by Elina Garanca
 
On Habanera, Elina Garanca's supple, seductive mezzo is aflame with the neon hues and rhythmic dash of Romany in excerpts from beguiling Gypsy roles from opera, operetta, and song. With gorgeous pieces eliciting every gift Garanca boasts as a musician, Habanera's instrumental accompaniments -- whether RAI's full orchestra, small ensemble, or guitar --

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On Habanera, Elina Garanca's supple, seductive mezzo is aflame with the neon hues and rhythmic dash of Romany in excerpts from beguiling Gypsy roles from opera, operetta, and song. With gorgeous pieces eliciting every gift Garanca boasts as a musician, Habanera's instrumental accompaniments -- whether RAI's full orchestra, small ensemble, or guitar -- add to the sultry atmosphere. Conductor Karel Mark Chichon contributes taut yet elastic leadership that enhances the charm and variety of Garanca's selections.

On this album, the dialects derived from Gypsy musical language include Bizet's Carmen, Bernstein's Candide, Lehar's Zigeunerliebe and little-known gems like Obradors's El vito, making for a musically enlightening and delightful program.

"For me Carmen is certainly a free-spirited person who lives from day to day," says Garanca of the role. "As an audience member, you should experience every kind of feeling for her. You should love her, hate her, feel sorry for her, laugh with her, and feel that you want to embrace her like a little child and say, 'It's going to be alright tomorrow.' " This album includes three signature arias from Bizet's opera, including the rarely-heard early version of the famous "Habanera" in addition to the famous one. "It's absolutely gorgeous," she says. "I thought it would be interesting to have the opportunity to hear both habaneras, which are so completely different. It would be fascinating, even a little shocking, to have a production with the first one."

Summing up the selections in this program, and the range of Gypsy-inspired songs and arias from Spain, Austria, Ireland, and America, Garanca says, "Gypsies never know where the borders are, and I hope that people will realize it's also true for composers and singers. I'm deeply convinced that you don't have to grow up in a certain country or with a certain musical repertoire to have the temperament and understanding to do this kind of music justice." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947787761
catalogNumber:
001477702
Rank:
76204

Tracks

  1. Carmen, opera: Aria and Chorus. L'amour est enfant de boheme (Fir
  2. Carmen, opera: Habanera. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Final ver
  3. La Alegria del batallon, zarzuela: A una gitana presiosa
  4. Canciones clásicas españolas, for voice & piano in 4 books: El vito
  5. Carmen, opera: Act 2. Chanson. Les tringles des sistres tintaient
  6. El Niño Judio, zarzuela: Spanish Song. De España vengo, soy española!
  7. Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 4. Jota
  8. Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Chelsea version): Act 1. I am easily assimilated (Old Lady's Tango)
  9. El Barquillero, zarzuela: Romance. Cuando está tan hondo
  10. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
  11. Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 5. Nana
  12. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & small orchestra in 1 act, G. 44: Canción del amor dolido
  13. Canciones negras (5) for voice & piano: No. 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Ninghe, ninghe, ninghe)
  14. I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls, aria (from "The Bohemian Girl")
  15. Zigeunerliebe (Gypsy Love), operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Song and Csárdás. Hör ich Zymbalkläng
  16. Carmen, opera: Act 1. Chanson and Duet. Près des remparts de Sévi
  17. El Barberillo de lavapiés, zarzuela: Paloma's Song. Como nací en la calle de la Paloma

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