Falla: La vida breve

COMPOSERS: Falla
LABELS: Dorian
WORKS: La vida breve
PERFORMER: Marta Senn, Fernando de la Mora, Cecilia AngellSimón Bolívar SO of Venezuela & Chorus/Eduardo Mata
CATALOGUE NO: DOR-90192 DDD
This South American recording of Falla’s great tragedy is a muted affair. It is well performed – Marta Senn, particularly, is a sweet-toned Salud – but it lacks the searing intensity needed to make the opera come alive. Even the gravel-voiced cantaor of Enrique Iglesias does not imbue the proceedings with the dynamism and violence inherent in the score. The star-studded DG disc (Berganza, Carreras, Nafé and Pons) is a much better bet. Claire Wrathall

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