Rodolfo Halffter: Don Lindo de Almería; Ballet Suites

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 1/18/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313262328
  • Catalog Number: 8557623
  • Sales rank: 254,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Paquiliztli, Op. 46 - Rodolfo Halffter & Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra (6:09)
  2. 2 Obertura Festiva, Op 21 - Rodolfo Halffter & Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra (7:12)
  3. 3 Obertura concertante, Op. 5 - Rodolfo Halffter & Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra (10:01)
  4. 4–10 La madrugada del panadero (The Baker's Dawn), Suite, Op. 12a - Rodolfo Halffter & Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra (15:13)
  5. 11–17 Don Lindo de Almería, ballet suite, Op. 7 - Rodolfo Halffter & Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra (19:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
José Ramón Encinar Primary Artist
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