Habanera

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Carmen is one of the roles for which Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca is best known and in this album, including several selections from the opera, she brings together a diverse assortment of songs and arias with gypsy themes. Most are musically related to gypsy cultures, and the majority are flavored by Spanish or Latin traditions, along with some that are Eastern European, but in "I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls," from Balfe's "Bohemian Girl," the gypsy theme is only found in the text. Garanca's voice is warm and pure, but with a sensuality that suits this repertoire beautifully. Her "Seguidilla" in which she's joined by Roberto Alagna is especially effective, with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Carmen is one of the roles for which Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca is best known and in this album, including several selections from the opera, she brings together a diverse assortment of songs and arias with gypsy themes. Most are musically related to gypsy cultures, and the majority are flavored by Spanish or Latin traditions, along with some that are Eastern European, but in "I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls," from Balfe's "Bohemian Girl," the gypsy theme is only found in the text. Garanca's voice is warm and pure, but with a sensuality that suits this repertoire beautifully. Her "Seguidilla" in which she's joined by Roberto Alagna is especially effective, with an understated seductiveness that entices Don José as much by what it withholds as by what it reveals. That performance and Garanca's nuanced "Habanera" are ample evidence she fully deserves her reputation as a legendary Carmen. She also includes Bizet's original setting of the Habanera text, which the composer replaced with the now-standard version, and which is not a Habanera at all, but a fairly conventional Romantic aria in triple time. It's an interesting relic, but it is testimony to Bizet's good judgment that he recognized its conventionality, because his second thoughts on the text produced a piece that is head and shoulders above his first, both musically and in what it reveals psychologically about Carmen. Garanca shows her versatility by adapting easily to the various vocal styles required by this repertoire, from the full-blown operatic to the breezy popular flavor of a song by virtuoso Spanish guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey, who accompanies her on several tracks. Several of the selections, such as Montsalvatge's "Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito" and de Falla's "Canción del amor dolido," are most compelling when performed by a singer with a more natural affinity for jazz, but Garanca's delivery is effective on its own terms. Karel Mark Chichon leads Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Coro Filarmonico del Regio di Torino in thoughtful accompaniment. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is full and well balanced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947787761
  • Catalog Number: 001477702
  • Sales rank: 68,290

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Barberillo de lavapiés, zarzuela: Paloma's Song. Como nací en la calle de la Paloma - Francisco Asenjo Barbieri & Fred Munzmaier (3:01)
  2. 2 Carmen, opera: Act 1. Chanson and Duet. Près des remparts de Sévi - Georges Bizet & Roberto Alagna (4:41)
  3. 3 Zigeunerliebe (Gypsy Love), operetta in 3 acts: Act 2. Song and Csárdás. Hör ich Zymbalkläng - Franz Lehár & Rob Bodanzky (4:33)
  4. 4 I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls, aria (from "The Bohemian Girl") - Michael William Balfe & Fred Munzmaier (4:54)
  5. 5 Canciones negras (5) for voice & piano: No. 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Ninghe, ninghe, ninghe) - Xavier Montsalvatge & Fred Munzmaier (2:52)
  6. 6 El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & small orchestra in 1 act, G. 44: Canción del amor dolido - Manuel de Falla & Fred Munzmaier (1:30)
  7. 7 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 5. Nana - Manuel de Falla & Fred Munzmaier (1:36)
  8. 8 Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano - Arthur Hoérée & Maurice Ravel (3:24)
  9. 9 El Barquillero, zarzuela: Romance. Cuando está tan hondo - Ruperto Chapí y Lorenta & Fred Munzmaier (6:07)
  10. 10 Candide, operetta in 2 acts (Chelsea version): Act 1. I am easily assimilated (Old Lady's Tango) - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (4:00)
  11. 11 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: No. 4. Jota - Manuel de Falla & Fred Munzmaier (2:59)
  12. 12 El Niño Judio, zarzuela: Spanish Song. De España vengo, soy española! - Pablo Luna & Enrique Garcia Alvarez (6:24)
  13. 13 Carmen, opera: Act 2. Chanson. Les tringles des sistres tintaient - Georges Bizet & Fred Munzmaier (4:46)
  14. 14 Canciones clásicas españolas, for voice & piano in 4 books: El vito - Fernando J. Obradors & Fred Munzmaier (3:20)
  15. 15 La Alegria del batallon, zarzuela: A una gitana presiosa - José Serrano & Carlos Arniches (1:48)
  16. 16 Carmen, opera: Habanera. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Final ver - Georges Bizet & Fred Munzmaier (4:42)
  17. 17 Carmen, opera: Aria and Chorus. L'amour est enfant de boheme (Fir - Georges Bizet & Richard Evidon (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elina Garanca Primary Artist
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