[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD ]
Release Date: Sunday 10 April 2016
During the war, Falla wrote a pantomime ballet titled El Corregidor y la Molinera ('The Magistrate and the Miller's Wife') based on a novella by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, was at the 1917 premiere. Liking what he saw, Diaghilev imagined that the ballet, with modifications, would be perfect for his then eight-year-old company. Falla accepted the commission, and the new ballet, now called El sombrero de tres picos ('The Three-Cornered Hat') was premiered in London in 1919. Diaghilev had intended to have Falla himself conduct the ballet, but the composer quickly realized that he was not up to the task, and so the responsibility went to 35-year-old Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet, who had conducted the Ballets Russes since 1915.
It has been stunningly re-mastered for this reissue and is coupled with Debussy's highly picturesque triptych "Images". This continues the much-lauded Ansermet Legacy on Decca which has systematically mined the Decca archive for re-issues of much valuable material, some of it released on CD for the first time..
"Listening to Ansermet's early 1960s version of The Three-Cornered Hat, you understand why his recordings are cherished by audiophiles: the sound is glitteringly brilliant and full. The performance has lots of character and shows the conductor and his orchestra on top form […] the Interlude and Dance from La vida breve is especially vivid here." (Penguin Guide)
"This is one of the greatest treasures I have in my CD collection. From the opening timpani solo and the distant voice of Teresa Berganza, alternating with the chorus, one is drawn into, not only one of the great recordings of all time, but one of the greatest orchestral pieces written in the early part of the 20th Century...do not miss it!" Mel@Marbecks
Images for orchestra
El sombrero de tres picos
La vida breve: Interlude & Dance