Music Of Spain - De Burgos - Paris Conservatoire Orchestra on 180g Import LP
Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios
A champion of Spanish music, Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos has recorded the complete works of Manuel de Falla, as well as notable recordings of non-Spanish music, like Orff’s Carmina Burana and Mozart’s Requiem. With a recording career spanning over five decades, many of his early recordings were made for EMI in the 1960s and this atmospheric recording of Spanish favourites is a splendid example.
With the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra in tow, De Burgos offers up excellent readings of classic works by Manuel de Falla (Danza ritual del fuego), Joaquín Turina (Danzas Fantásticas) and Isaac Albeniz (Iberia), recorded on January 4, 7, 9-10, 1963 at Salle Wagram, Paris with legendary producer Victor Olof and engineer Paul Vavasseur.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England. Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analog process. It also features the original album artwork.
“...these are distinguished performances adding further to the excellent impression that Rafael Frühbeck has been making recently...The Albéniz Evocación, for example is most beautifully handled, with an unusually tender treatment of the ‘copla’ – quite the best recording of this piece so far...In this, as elsewhere, [De Burgos] triumphantly demonstrates that the way to secure the authentic flavour of Spanish music, with its vivid, trenchant, virile quality, is not to lush it up...the ‘Rituel Fire Dance’ becomes far more menacing by reason of its measured control...the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra plays well for this conductor...” - original December 1963 Gramophone review
Manuel de Falla / Joaquín Turina / Isaac Albeniz (composer)
Rafael Frühbeck De Burgos (conductor)
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Music Of Spain - De Burgos - Paris Conservatoire Orchestra Track Listing:
1. Manuel de Falla - Danza ritual del fuego (from “El Amor Brujo”) (Ritual Fire Dance)
2. Joaquín Turina - Danzas Fantásticas - Exaltácion
3. Joaquín Turina - Danzas Fantásticas - Ensueño
4. Joaquín Turina - Danzas Fantásticas - Orgía
5. Manuel de Falla - Danza No.1 (from “La Vida Breve,” Act 1)
6. Isaac Albeniz - Iberia - Evocación
7. Isaac Albeniz - Iberia - El Corpus en Sevilla
8. Isaac Albeniz - Iberia - Triana