Falla: Atlántida (arr. Halffter); El sombrero de tres picos

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COMPOSERS: Falla
LABELS: EMI Matrix
WORKS: Atlántida (arr. Halffter); El sombrero de tres picos
PERFORMER: Victoria de los Angeles, Enriqueta Tarrés (soprano), Anna Ricci (mezzo), Eduardo Giménez (tenor), Vicente Sardinero (baritone); Children’s Chorus of Our Lady of Remembrance, Spanish National Orchestra & Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra/Rafael Frühbeck de Bu
CATALOGUE NO: CMS 5 65997 2 ADD
Setting a lengthy Catalan poem on the myth of the lost continent of Atlantis, Falla’s ‘scenic cantata’, or oratorio, was completed by Ernesto Halffter. Too episodic and uneven to be really successful as a whole, Atlántida is nevertheless stuffed with good things, nationalist, Romantic and modernist by turns. Worth hearing, even in a performance that has more vigour than rigour. A sparkling Three-Cornered Hat from the Philharmonia completes this almost two-and-a-half-hour, two-disc set. Excellent documentation. Keith Potter

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