Monday 31 July 2017
Gramophone: De Falla reviews
"The OSR perform both works with great refinement and play with virtuoso understatement throughout."
The Gramophone wrote a fine review about our release of "De Falla - Noches en los jardines de España / El sombrero de tres picos" performed by Kazuki Yamada, Mari Kodama, Sophie Harmsen , Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Manuel de Falla’s richly evocative music erupts in a riot of colour in this vibrant new recording from Kazuki Yamada with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Works included are the ever popular Noches en los jardines de España and El sombrero de tres picos as well as movements from La vida breve and El amor brujo. Read a paragraph of the review below.
The Suisse Romande Orchestra (OSR) famously recorded El sombrero de tres picos and the Interlude and Dance from La vida breve with Ernest Ansermet (who conducted El sombrero's premiere) in 1961, considered a classic version in its day, though opinions have differed about it since. As one might expect, the OSR perform both works with great refinement and play with virtuoso understatement throughout. Yamada's nuanced approach suits Noches uncommonly well. Falla's fine grained shifts in colour and sonority are immaculately judged, textures clean yet sensual. Pianist Mari Kodama judiciously combines delicacy with weight...
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Read the full review on Gramophone - August 2017 issue