Rodolfo Halffter: Don Lindo de Almería; Ballet Suites

Rodolfo Halffter: Don Lindo de Almería; Ballet Suites

by José Ramón Encinar
     
 

The first volume in a series of Rodolfo Halffter's orchestral works, this disc gives a rather spotty impression of his long career and inadvertently portrays him as an eclectic composer by scrambling his different periods. Early and late works are presented out of chronological order, so the spiky "Paquiliztli" (1983) for percussion hardly prepares the listener for… See more details below

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The first volume in a series of Rodolfo Halffter's orchestral works, this disc gives a rather spotty impression of his long career and inadvertently portrays him as an eclectic composer by scrambling his different periods. Early and late works are presented out of chronological order, so the spiky "Paquiliztli" (1983) for percussion hardly prepares the listener for the rest of the works, which date back several decades. The jaunty "Obertura festiva" (1952) and the playfully dissonant "Obertura concertante" (1932) come next, and these neo-Classical works at times employ Stravinsky's asymmetrical rhythms and Milhaud's polytonality. The album's last two selections bring yet another side of Halffter to light -- the composer of ballets, stylistically indebted to Manuel de Falla, and inclined toward evoking a Spanish golden age in a sentimental, gallant style. The humorous "La madrugada del panadero" (1940) and the suite for strings and percussion from the ballet "Don Lindo de Almería" (1936) are the featured works, yet their relegation to the last portion of the program makes them seem weak and inconsequential, especially after the more adventurous pieces. In any case, the Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra, led by José Ramón Encinar, play Halffter's scores with verve and appealing color, and Naxos provides its usual high-quality sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313262328
catalogNumber:
8557623
Rank:
275558

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Tracks

  1. Paquiliztli, Op. 46  - Rodolfo Halffter  -  Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra  - José Ramón Encinar
  2. Obertura Festiva, Op 21  - Rodolfo Halffter  -  Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra  - José Ramón Encinar
  3. Obertura concertante, Op. 5  - Rodolfo Halffter  -  Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra  - José Ramón Encinar  - María Elena Barrientos
  4. La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Suite, Op. 12a  - Rodolfo Halffter  -  Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra  - José Ramón Encinar
  5. Don Lindo de Almería, ballet suite, Op. 7  - Rodolfo Halffter  -  Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra  - José Ramón Encinar

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