Manuel de Falla: Fantasia Baetica; Piezas Españolas; El Amor Brujo; El Sombrero de Tres Picos

Manuel de Falla: Fantasia Baetica; Piezas Españolas; El Amor Brujo; El Sombrero de Tres Picos

by Garrick OhlssonGarrick Ohlsson


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Garrick Ohlsson, an American of Scandinavian background, might not be the first name you would think of in connection with Manuel de Falla, but these clean, careful readings of some Falla favorites (and a few less common items, like the exquisitely cross-cultural "Song of the Volga Boatmen" merit a hearing alongside the fiery versions of Alicia de Larrocha and other players from the Iberian world. Sample one of the pieces from "El amor brujo," in Falla's own arrangement (all the non-piano music here was transcribed by Falla), perhaps the "Danza del terror" or the "Danza ritual del fuego." You can certainly find any number of more sharply rhythmic versions of these pieces. But you'll also notice details in the phrasing and ornamentation that have escaped you in the past, and what's impressive is that Ohlsson's playing holds together: you never get the feeling that's he's trying to go counter to type or offer some kind of revisionist interpretation. In the quieter "Homenaje Pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy," Ohlsson is in his element. You might say that these are readings that emphasize the French side of Falla over the Spanish side, or just that Ohlsson is a pianistic giant with the talent and insight to produce interesting readings of music outside his specialties.

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Release Date: 03/02/2018
Label: Hyperion
UPC: 0034571281773
catalogNumber: 68177
Rank: 115450


  1. Fantasía Baetica, for piano, G. 55 (orchestrated by Halffter)
  2. Danza Espanola, for orchestra (from "La Vida Breve")
  3. Homenaje pour "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy," for guitar, G. 56
  4. El Amor brujo, suite from the revised ballet for orchestra, G. 69
  5. Canto de los Remeros del Volga, for piano, G. 62
  6. El Sombrero de tres picos, suite from the ballet for piano
  7. Spanish pieces (4), for piano, G. 37

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