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Compilation: SPANISH NIGHT
Amadeo VIVES (1871-1932)

Fandango (Dona Francisquita)
Pablo de SARASATE (1844-1908)

Gypsy Airs
Concert Fantasy on "Carmen"

Emmanuel CHABRIER (1841-1894)

España

Johann STRAUSS II (1825-1899)

Spanish March

Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891-1982)

La Petenara (La Marchenera)
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908)

Capriccio espagnol

José SERRANO (1873-1941)

Romanza

José Pablo MONCAYO (1912-1958)

Huapango

Pablo LUNA (1879-1942)

Canción española

Jules MASSENET (1842-1912)

Méditation from Thaïs

Paul LINCKE (1866-1946)

Berliner Luft

Sarah Chang (violin)* and Ana Maria Martinez (soprano)†
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Placido Domingo
At the Waldbühne, Berlin July 2001
TDK DVD DVWBSN [c.64.00]



This is another TDK DVD recording of a live popular concert in Berlin’s mammoth Waldbühne outdoor stadium. These concerts always conclude the Berlin Philharmonic’s season; in this instance it was recorded on a warm summer’s evening in July 2001 beginning in sunshine and ending with some mild fireworks in darkness.

I am not sure that DVD visuals add anything to the enjoyment of a purely orchestral concert like this other than conveying a sense of end-of-term enjoyment and I should warn prospective purchasers that the TDK sound needs a lot of volume (risking neighbourly relations) to really savour these performances to the full.

There is much to enjoy here. Sarah Chang clearly enjoys the challenges of the two popular Sarasate virtuoso fireworks items and Ana Maria Martinez’s wonderful smoky voice adds zest and fire to her arias. I wish though that such gusto could have been added to Domingo’s staid readings of the Chabrier and Rimsky-Korsakov works (with some fluffed horn notes in the latter). On the positive side it was interesting to hear some of the less well-known items like Moncayo’s Mexican folkloristic dance piece, Huapango (it is easy to see where Elmer Bernstein found inspiration for The Magnificent Seven).

Colourful light entertainment with noteworthy contributions from Chang and Martinez. Like the curate’s egg, good in parts.
Ian Lace

 


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