Analogue Productions (Decca)
CAPC 6355 SA
Hybrid Stereo SACD
Mastered by Willem Makee
"Analogue Productions has followed up on their highly acclaimed series of 25 RCA Living Stereo SACDs with a smaller group of 9 Decca SACDs. ... Albéniz's Suite Española has undeservedly stayed under the radar. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos' orchestral transcriptions of Albéniz's captivating melodies are colorful but always tasteful. The sound serves the music just about perfectly. This SACD is sonically electrifying." — Arthur Lintgen, The Absolute Sound, Feb. 8, 2019. Read the entire review here.
This is real light music of the best kind.
Tuneful, exotically scored (by the conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos), and giving orchestra and recording engineers alike a chance to show their paces, the Suite Española makes highly entertaining listening. We are given here seven pieces from Albeniz's original piano suite plus Cordoba, which is from the same composer's Cantos de Espana. As this has a very fetching tune to end the record graciously, no one is likely to complain. But try the opening Castile for its glittering castanets or the Asturias with its eloquent and sonorous brass chords to offset the flurry of strings. This Hybrid Stereo SACD is pure sonic excellence.
|2. Part 1. Afternoon|
|3. Part 2. THE NEIGHBOUR’S DANCE (Seguidillas)|
|4. Part 2. THE MILLER’S DANCE (Farruca)|
|5. Part 2. CONCLUSION|
|6. LA VIDA BREVE - INTERLUDE & DANCE|