Obradors, Granados,Turina, Falla, Montsalvatge, Rossini

COMPOSERS: Falla,Granados,Montsalvatge,Obradors,Rossini,Turina
LABELS: Eloquentia
WORKS: Songs by Obradors, Granados,Turina, Falla, Montsalvatge and Rossini
PERFORMER: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano),
Julius Drake (piano)
The professed passion for Spain is


conventional: DiDonato’s gushing

liner note would be enough to make

any seasoned visitor cringe. But apart

from Falla’s Seven Popular Songs, the

programme is far from obvious and

the singing stylishly spirited with a

feel for idioms: the touch of contralto

timbre backing up a bright mezzo

comes into its own in those moments

where the real woman emerges from

a demure social presentation.

Fernando Obradors’s songs get an

especially live performance, while

the more developed and dramatic

Tonadillas of Granados are again

beautifully shaped. Turina’s ‘poem in

song form’ explores the contradictory

faces of erotic love in a journey

which DiDonato follows with

concentration and character.

No punches are pulled here either

in Montsalvatge’s bold way with

Cuban poets of assorted races.

For Falla the approach is

distinctive: quick, forthright and

catching the balance of earthiness

and refinement better than some

starry singers. Only the Rossini

encore seems a mistake, its satirical

operatic showiness undermining the


previous sincerity.