Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat; Love of the Magician; Nights in the Gardens of Spain

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COMPOSERS: Falla
LABELS: EMI Studio Plus
WORKS: The Three-Cornered Hat; Love of the Magician; Nights in the Gardens of Spain
PERFORMER: Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)Gonzalo Soriano (piano)Philharmonia/Carlo Maria Giulini Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
CATALOGUE NO: COM 7 64746 2 ADD (1960/66/63)
Garish, metallic-sounding transfers, but this is still vintage Giulini; waywardly idiosyncratic, unpredictable, yet tantalisingly good! Walter Legge’s hand-picked players are joined by Victoria de los Angeles in Falla’s Love of the Magician, keenly evocative and sounding less fierce than Giulini’s undeniably exciting The Three-Cornered Hat. Gonzalo Soriano’s account of Nights in the Gardens of Spain completes this generous disc. Tolerable solo playing, but marred by scrappy orchestral playing under Fruhbeck de Burgos. Michael Jameson

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