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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Since its early beginnings in 1953, RCA's Living Stereo sound has remained one of the most satisfying sound reproduction techniques, capturing the lush timbres and fiery characters of some of America's greatest orchestras and conductors. Now being re-released on SACD, these masterful recordings are finally able to be heard as they were recorded -- on multiple channels. This particular album features the music of Spanish composers de Falla, Albéniz, and Granados with the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner. The orchestra brilliantly captures the sultry, sassy flair of "El amor brujo." Together with soprano Leontyne Price -- whose penetrating, throaty sound is ideally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Since its early beginnings in 1953, RCA's Living Stereo sound has remained one of the most satisfying sound reproduction techniques, capturing the lush timbres and fiery characters of some of America's greatest orchestras and conductors. Now being re-released on SACD, these masterful recordings are finally able to be heard as they were recorded -- on multiple channels. This particular album features the music of Spanish composers de Falla, Albéniz, and Granados with the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner. The orchestra brilliantly captures the sultry, sassy flair of "El amor brujo." Together with soprano Leontyne Price -- whose penetrating, throaty sound is ideally suited for this work -- Reiner and the CSO deliver a performance that draws listeners in from the beginning and leaves them wanting more by the end. Regrettably, the liner notes do not provide listeners with a text/translation, but such information is available on the Internet for those interested. The music of Albéniz and Granados, while performed with just as much fervor, is given a less comprehensive treatment than de Falla. Three brief movements from Albéniz's "Iberia" and one movement from "Goyescas" of Granados make it regrettable that this is not a two- or even three-disc set. Still, this album is sure to please and is deserving of a home in virtually any collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886970460729
  • Catalog Number: 704607
  • Sales rank: 33,086

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–13 El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version) - Manuel de Falla & Leontyne Price (27:45)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byLeontyne Price, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
    1. 1Introduction and Scene
    2. 2In the Cave
    3. 3Song of Love's Sorrow
    4. 4The Ghost
    5. 5Dance of Terror
    6. 6The Magic Circle
    7. 7Midnight
    8. 8Ritual Fire Dance
    9. 9Scene
    10. 10Song of the Will-o'-the-Wisp
    11. 11Pantomime
    12. 12Dance of the Game of Love
    13. 13The Bells of Morning
  2. 14–16 El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part II), G. 59 - Manuel de Falla & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (12:10)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
    1. 14The Neighbors' Dance
    2. 15The Miller's Dance
    3. 16Final Dance
  3. 17 La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Interlude - Manuel de Falla & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2:56)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
  4. 18 La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions): Dance - Manuel de Falla & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (3:40)
    Composed byManuel de Falla
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
  5. 19 Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 2: Triana - Isaac Albéniz & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (5:05)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
  6. 20 Intermezzo, for orchestra (arrangement from Goyescas), H. 71: Intermezzo - Enriqué Granados & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (5:40)
    Composed byEnriqué Granados
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
  7. 21 Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 1: Fête-Dieu à Seville - Isaac Albéniz & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (8:00)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
  8. 22 Iberia Suite for piano, B. 47, Book 4: Navarra - Isaac Albéniz & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (5:39)
    Composed byIsaac Albéniz
    Conducted byFritz Reiner
    Performed byChicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leontyne Price Primary Artist
Fritz Reiner Primary Artist
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