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Manuel de FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; The Three-Cornered Hat – Mari Kadama (p.) /Sophie Harmsen, (mezzo) /Orch. de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada – Pentatone

Manuel de FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; The Three-Cornered Hat – Mari Kadama (p.) /Sophie Harmsen, (mezzo) /Orch. de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada – Pentatone

Manuel de FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain; The Three-Cornered Hat; Interlude and Dance from ‘Life is Short’; Ritual Fire Dance from ‘The Bewitched Love’ – Mari Kadama, piano/Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada – Pentatone SACD PTC5186-598 [Distr. by Naxos] (5/05/17) 72:59 ****: Some wonderful readings under this rising star young conductor. If you already like the music of Spanish “nationalist” composer Manuel de Falla, as I do, there are a lot of reasons to like this new and sparkling collection of his best known works. If you do not already know much of de Falla’s music this disc would be a great place to start. The piano soloist in the sublime Noches en los jardines de España is Mari Kadama, a very fine pianist best known for her knockout recording of the Beethoven sonatas. She also happens to be the spouse of esteemed conductor Kent Nagano. The Nights in the Gardens of Spain is one of de Falla’s signature works; a sultry and beautiful exploration of the mélange of cultural styles found in Andalucia and Catalonia and, for de Falla, influenced by his studies in Paris and the impressionism of Debussy. It is not a […]