de Falla’s Magic

The Essential Falla

I listened to “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” this morning. The pianist was one of the great performers of Spanish music, the late Alicia de Larrocha.

This 2-CD collection features a lot of Manuel de Falla’s wonderful compositions. The collection was published many years ago; but the music is timeless!

Specific pieces are listed below:


  • El Amor Brujo

Nati Mistral (soprano)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

  • Concerto for Harpsichord & Chamber Ensemble

John Constable (harpsichord)
London Sinfonietta, Simon Rattle

  • Homenaje a Debussy

Eduardo Fernandez (guitar)

  • Psyche

Jennifer Smith (soprano)
London Sinfonietta, Simon Rattle

  • Noches en los jardines de España

Alicia de Larrocha (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

  • La vida breve: Interlude & Dance

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

  • Siete Canciones populares españolas

Marilyn Horne (mezzo-soprano), Martin Katz (piano)

  • Cuatro piezas españolas

Alicia de Larrocha (piano)

  • El sombrero de tres picos

Colette Boky (soprano)
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

The Penguin Guide, 2011 edition, wrote:

“[El amor brujo] enjoys exceptionally vivid sound, yet with plenty of light and shade, and the control of atmosphere in the quieter passages is masterful…de Larrocha’s later, digital version of Nights in the Gardens of Spain is unsurpassed among modern recordings”

Here is the late Ms. de Larrocha in the music I heard today: Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Press HERE to view/listen


And for another section of this music, press HERE


Tags: Manuel de Falla, Alicia de Larrocha, Spain, Gardens

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