Bernarda Fink / Anthony Spiri

Canciones españolas: Falla, Granados & Rodrigo

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Mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink is not Spanish but an Argentine of Slovene background. Nevertheless, with the lovely rich, low-reed voice she displays here, she comes to the Spanish song repertory as though to the manner born. The song sets by Falla and Granados heard here are familiar pieces; those by Joaquín Rodrigo are somewhat less so, and they provide all the motivation you need to get hold of this album. Rodrigo's songs have the artless quality associated with his famous guitar works, and for the most part they offer a pure, limpid sense of fun that Fink is careful not to overdo. Likewise with the sensuality of Falla and the chiaroscuro Renaissance canvases of Granados: the singing is familiar, confident, and expressive without ever being exaggerated. It's rare to have such a fine group of Spanish songs collected in one place, with a singer and accompanist who know exactly what to do with them. Strongly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Siete canciones populares españolas
1 1:22
2 1:27
3 2:17
4 3:09
5 1:34
6 1:07
7 1:34
Tres canciones españolas
8 2:10
9 1:29
10 0:56
Tonadillas en estilo antiguo
11 2:22
12 0:49
13 1:38
14 2:53
15 2:55
16 0:57
17 1:09
Cuatro canciones sefardíes
18 2:55
19 1:53
20 3:18
21 1:04
Trois mélodies
22 2:16
23 2:22
24 2:18
25 3:18
26 2:36
27 1:35
28 1:22
29 4:07
Cuatro madrigales amatorios
30 1:43
31 1:59
32 1:07
33 2:10
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