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Label:
  Naxos - http://www.naxos.com/
Serial:
  6.110018
Title:
  Manuel de Falla: The Three Cornered Hat - Valdes
Description:
  Manuel de Falla: The Three Cornered Hat, El Amor Brujo, Danza from La Vida

Asturias Symphony Orchestra
Max Valdes (conductor)
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Genre:
  Classical - Orchestral
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
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Review by nickc June 3, 2005 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Great coupling - lacklustre performances and subfusc sound. Two Spanish ballets - El Amor Brujo dealing with the darker aspects of love, The Three Cornered Hat a bit lighter and more dance oriented.
Unfortunately El Amor is just too low key for me - the Ritual Fire Dance would only parboil at this intensity!
In fairness The Three Cornered Hat is more lively and successful, and seems to build up a head of steam by the end but by then its too little too late.
The sound is decidedly unglamorous - it sounds like someone has draped a blanket over the strings. Bass drum seems to boom through the resonant space and there is not much sense of space. Just listen to the stunning, "grab you by the throat" sound of the Mercury Dvorak Cello Concerto I just reviewed - how can we go backwards in 45 years?

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Works: 3  

Manuel de Falla - Danza from La Vida Breve
Manuel de Falla - El Amor Brujo
Manuel de Falla - El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three Cornered Hat)