Manuel De Falla (1876-1946)

Donald Macleod explores the life of Manuel de Falla, from his Andalusian beginnings, to his final days in Argentina.

Episodes

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01*20080331

Following a period of piano study in Madrid, Falla moved to Paris where he met his mentors - Debussy, Ravel and Dukas.

El gran teatro del mundo (opening excerpt)

Victoria de Los Angeles (mezzo-soprano)

Cor Lieder Camera

Orquesta de Cambra Teatre Lliure

Josep Pons (director)

Nocturno; Allegro de concierto

Miguel Baselga (piano)

El Gran Teatro del Mundo

La Vida Breve (Act 2, first tableau)

Manuel Mairena (Cantor)

Juan Pons (El tio Salvador)

Alicia Nafe (La abuela)

Tesera Berganza (Salud)

Paloma Perez Inigo (Carmela)

Jose Carreras (Paco)

Ramon Contreras

Ambrosian Opera Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Garcia Navarro (conductor)

Siete canciones populares espanolas

Gonzalo Soriano (piano).

02*20080401

Donald Macleod focuses on how Falla's success in Paris with his opera La vida breve opened doors for him in Madrid and how he returned to his homeland having taken on a distinct Parisian influence in his composing.

Trois melodies

Nuccia Focile (soprano)

Ingrid Surgenor (piano)

El amor brujo (original version 1915, Act 1)

Claire Powell (mezzo-soprano)

Aquarius

Nicholas Cleobury (conductor)

Noches en los jardines de Espana

Martha Argerich (piano)

Paris Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Homenaje (Le tombeau de Claude Debussy)

John Williams (guitar).

03*20080402

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

3/5. Donald Macleod explaing how World War I was to prove particularly beneficial for Falla, as Spain played host to a number of performing artists seeking refuge, including Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes, for whom Falla provided music.

Oracion de las madres que tienen a sus hijos en brazos

Montserrat Caballe (soprano)

Miguel Zanetti (piano)

El sombrero de tres picos

Teresa Berganza (mezzo-soprano)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

Fantasia Baetica

Alicia de Larrocha (piano).

04*20080403

Donald Macleod explains how after moving back to Andalucia, Falla ironically turned his back on the folk and flamenco music of the region, and became interested in the music of Spain's historic past instead.

Psyche

Annette Betanski (soprano)

Susan Miron (harp)

Jacques Zoon (flute)

James Sommerville (horn)

Catherine French (violin)

Burton Fine (viola)

Martha Babcock (cello)

El retablo de maese Pedro

Jordi Galofre (Maese Pedro)

Natacha Valladares (El Truijaman)

Ismael Pons-Tena (Don Quijote)

I Cameristi

Maurizio Dini-Ciacci (conductor)

Concerto for harpsichord and five instruments

John Constable (harpsichord)

London Sinfonietta

Simon Rattle (conductor)

Pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas

Josep Colom (piano).

05 LAST*20080404

Donald Macleod explores how, in 1939, Falla was tempted to leave Granada by an offer to conduct a concert of his works in Argentina, and he remained there for the rest of his life, living in the mountains of Cordoba Sierra with his sister.

Soneto a Cordoba

Maria Kareska (soprano)

S Nikolesco (harp)

Homenajes

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Eduardo Mata (conductor)

Danse rituelle du feu

Jean-Francois Heisser (piano)

Atlantida (Part 2)

Soloists of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra

Balearic Islands University Choir

La Laguna University Polyphonic Choir

Navarro Reverter Choral Society

Simon Bolivar University Choral Society

Valencia Boys' Choir

Edmond Colomer (conductor).