Fritz Reiner - Spain - Granados, Falla, Albeniz (200g)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner, conductor
1 LP, gatefold sleeve
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 200g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Quality Record Pressings
Label : Analogue Productions
Original Label : RCA
Recorded in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, on December 28–29, 1958
Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Produced by Richard Mohr
- Enrique Granados - Goyescas: Intermezzo
- Manuel de Falla - La Vida Breve: Intermezzo and Dance
- Manuel de Falla - Dances From "The Three-Cornered Hat"
- Isaac Albeniz - Navarra
- Isaac Albeniz - Fete-Dieu A Seville
- Isaac Albeniz - Triana
"Grade A. Another triumph with ravishing string tone, so sweet and liquid it could've been poured from a jar. Not as spectacular as the previous two titles because the (mostly) Albéniz compositions aren't as consistently slam-bang dynamic, though when the music heats up so do the sonic thrills." Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound.com, June 11, 2013.
« 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. » AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell
This record includes Falla's Dance from the Three-Cornered Hat and La Vida Breve and Albeniz's Trina from Oberia. Transcribed for Orchestra by Arbos. Great performances and sensational sonics!
Among Spaniards there is no greater composer than Manuel de Falla — the tang of the country, the swirl of its landscape, the passion of its people are proudly stamped on every note he wrote. Goyescas, written in 1915 by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados, was the first opera performed in Spanish at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City at its premier in January 1916. The Intermezzo from the opera, inspired by the paintings of Francisco Goya, became a popular independent concert piece. Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz composed the Iberia suite for piano between 1905 and 1909. It was his best-known work and considered his masterpiece.