Falla, Lorca: Encuentro Javier Perianes & Estrella Morente

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Label: harmonia mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • Manuel de Falla (1876-1946): Siete canciones populares españolas
  • 1I. El paño moruno01:22
  • 2II. Seguidilla murciana01:15
  • 3III. Asturiana02:12
  • 4IV. Jota03:07
  • 5V. Nana01:24
  • 6VI. Canción01:03
  • 7VII. Polo01:19
  • El amor brujo, suite for piano
  • 8I. El Aparecido-Danza del terror02:07
  • 9II. El círculo mágico - A medianoche03:11
  • 10III. Danza ritual del fuego03:48
  • 11IV. Escena - Canción del fuego fatuo03:24
  • 12V. Pantomima04:33
  • Federico García Lorca(1898-1936): Canciones españolas antiguas
  • 13I. Las morillas de Jaén02:57
  • 14II. Los Pelegrinitos04:16
  • 15III. Los cuatro muleros03:23
  • 16IV. Romance de Don Boyso05:44
  • 17V. Las tres hojas02:44
  • 18VI. Los reyes de la baraja01:06
  • 19VII. El Café de Chinitas03:10
  • 20VIII. Anda jaleo02:43
  • 21IX. Los mozos de Monleón04:51
  • 22X. Zorongo02:47
  • 23XI. Nana de Sevilla04:22
  • 24XII. Sevillanas del siglo XVIII02:25
  • Total Runtime01:09:13

Info for Falla, Lorca: Encuentro

The vast heritage of Spanish traditional music lies at the heart of Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca's works. Both men relied heavily on the great flamenco artists of their day: the 'Canciones españolas antiguas' (Old Spanish songs) were recorded for the first time in 1931 by the dancer and singer Encarnación López, 'La Argentinita', accompanied on the piano by Lorca himself. It was the great flamenco singer and dancer Pastora Imperio, daughter of the legendary Rosario 'La Mejorana', who suggested to Falla and María Martínez Sierra that they might write the music and libretto, respectively, of 'El amor brujo'.

We experience the same thrilling confrontation with tradition here in these performances by two internationally famous Spanish artists: one a flamenco singer, the other a classical pianist. This album is the result of their first encounter!

'These popular songs that I perform and sing are so ingrained in our tradition, and they have the same fascination for me, with my background in flamenco, that I imagine they must have had for Manuel Falla and Lorca when they composed the famous arrangements to give them body and soul...the project has benefited from the skill of Javier Perianes, master pianist and expert on Falla...These songs have been part of my repertoire for quite a while, but only now with the input from Perianes and Martín Sauer, have I developed my flamenco voice for more lyrical singing. La Argentinita was the muse who inspired me and first brought this project into being, and I have tried to weave my own shawl from the respect and the love that so defines and represents us.' (Estrella Morente)

Estrella Morente, vocals
Javier Perianes, piano

Javier Perianes
Awarded the ‘National Music Prize’ in 2012 by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, Javier Perianes has been described as “a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch.” (The Telegraph) His international career already spans five continents – with concerts ranging from London’s Royal Festival Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall; Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to Berlin’s Philharmonie; Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall to Suntory Hall Tokyo.

Highlights of Perianes' 2015/16 calendar include concerts with Wiener Philhamoniker, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Orchestra of St. Luke’s (Carnegie Hall), as well as a month-long-tour of orchestras in Australia and New Zealand.

During 2014/15 Perianes made prestigious debuts with the Orchestre de Paris, Washington National and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and BBC Scottish Symphony. Meanwhile conductor collaborations past and future include Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniel Harding, Yuri Temirkanov, Jesús López Cobos, Sakari Oramo, Juanjo Mena, Pablo Heras-Casado, Josep Pons, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Robin Ticciati, Thomas Dausgaard and Vasily Petrenko.

Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi. His most recent album recorded with the Cuarteto Quiroga pairs the Granados and Turina Quintets for the first time. Previous releases for the label include a selection of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, Schubert’s Impromptus and Klavierstücke, Manuel Blasco de Nebra’s keyboard sonatas, Mompou’s Música callada, ...les sons et les parfums which focuses on works by Chopin and Debussy, and Moto perpetuo - a selection of Beethoven’s sonatas. Songs without Words, a selection of piano works by Mendelssohn released in November 2014, has received unanimous critical praise and Perianes’ recording of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and selected solo works received a Latin Grammy Nomination. Of his live recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, Gramophone noted: “It takes a brave man to record the Grieg Piano Concerto… But the young Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes’ performance is of such a fearless and arresting brilliance that it virtually erases memories of the past.'

Estrella Morente
was born in Granada. She is the eldest daughter of the legendary Enrique Morente and the dancer Aurora Carbonell. She grew up surrounded by flamenco and has since become one of Spain’s most sought-after performers.

Prestige venues and events, both in Spain and overseas, have hosted Estrella’s concerts, among these; Konzerthaus Vienna, Theatre Carré Ámsterdam, Parco Della Musica Roma, Oslo International Festival, Suds à Arles, Helsinki World Music Festival and Voix de Femmes, Brussels. In 2011 she visited South America and headlined the Festival de Buenos Aires and Santiago a Mil.

Recently, she recorded De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” with the Spanish National Orchestra, under the direction of Mº. Joseph Pons. She has sung with the top orchestras across Spain and Catalunya.

Estrella has won many awards including the Premio Ondas and was nominated for a Grammy for best flamenco recording. Her recordings have reached platinum status. After five years since the release of “Mujeres” (EMI), her new album “Autorretrato” (EMI) was launched last October. The record includes collaborations by Michael Nyman, Pat Metheny, Ketama and Vicente Amigo, among others.

She is a fervent admirer of La Niña los Peines, Camarón de la Isla, Marchena, Vallejo, and of course, her father Enrique. Lola Flores, María Callas and Montserrat Caballé have all influenced Estrella’s approach to singing.

In spite of her youth, she has sown the seeds of her art and her musical gifts across the globe. She is blessed with a pure, crystalline vocal timbre and moves easily between warm, seductive tones and raw, expressive phrases.

Estrella possesses a profound knowledge of her art as well as innate musical taste. She has become a point of reference for aficionados and newcomers to flamenco singing, combining the early influences of her native Granada with the latest tendencies in the flamenco of the new millennium

She has adhered to simple and untainted song-forms and her singing is neither pure nor orthodox, but contains that edge of personality that makes for a true revolution in the best tradition of flamenco Cante.

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