Manuel de Falla: Piano Music, Vol. 1

Manuel de Falla: Piano Music, Vol. 1

by Daniel Ligorio
     
 

To those raised on Alicia de Larrocha's bravura recordings of Falla, the readings by Spanish pianist Daniel Ligorio heard here will seem determinedly cool. Aided (or partnered in crime, depending on your perspective) by sound design that smooths out the piano's dynamic range and emphasizes a thudding,See more details below

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To those raised on Alicia de Larrocha's bravura recordings of Falla, the readings by Spanish pianist Daniel Ligorio heard here will seem determinedly cool. Aided (or partnered in crime, depending on your perspective) by sound design that smooths out the piano's dynamic range and emphasizes a thudding, percussive sound, Ligorio offers a very studied "Andaluza" (track 10) from the "Cuatro piezas españolas," for example, and even the showpiece arrangement "Ritual Fire Dance Music" from "El amor brujo" comes off as more Stravinsky than roots-Spanish. (It is to be hoped that Ligorio will include the harpsichord concerto in his survey of Falla's keyboard music.) His playing will not be to everyone's tastes, but the program he has selected fits his emphasis on the modernist traits of Falla's style. It's a mixed bag, but filled with fresh products. The three opening works come from early in Falla's career and display a Romantic idiom with what emerges, in Ligorio's readings, as an unusual emphasis on rhythmic elements. After a fairly early and somewhat mechanistic Allegro de concierto come two works of homage, one to Debussy and the second to Paul Dukas. The latter, written in 1935, contains music as dissonant as anything Falla wrote; it is a thorny, deeply felt work that casts its shadow over the rest of the music here. Certainly there is room for a variety of interpretations when it comes to the music of this complex composer, and Ligorio has added a novel one to the choices available.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313506521
catalogNumber:
8555065
Rank:
165940

Tracks

  1. Nocturno, for piano, G. 3  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  2. Serenata, for piano, G. 22  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  3. Serenata andaluza, for piano (transcribed by Velasco for guitar), G. 13  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  4. Allegro de concierto, for piano, G. 29  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  5. Homenaje pour "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy," for guitar, G. 56  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  6. Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas, for piano, G. 83 (orchestrated in "Homenajes")  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  7. Spanish pieces (4), for piano, G. 37  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  8. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Pantomima  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  9. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Danza del terror  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  10. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Circulo mágico  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio
  11. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Danza del ritual del fuego fatuo  - Manuel de Falla  - Daniel Ligorio

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