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Composer Isaac Albéniz
Manuel de Falla
Enrique Granados
Luis de Milán
Regino Sainz de la Maza
Fernando Sor
Federico Moreno Torroba
Joaquín Turina
Francisco Tárrega
Performer Franz Halász
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2565 SACD
EAN 7318599925653
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Apr 2021
Total time 81'58

Franz Halász, guitar

In June of 1922, a cultural fiesta took place on the grounds of Granada’s Alhambra palace, organized by Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca. The aim of the event was to preserve the ‘purity’ of flamenco art&&& and the opening performance was given by 29-year-old guitarist Andrés Segovia. Ironically, Segovia played de Falla’s Hommage to Claude Debussy (featured on this album - a work which can hardly be described as pure flamenco. But this can be seen as symptomatic of an important trait in the music of 20th-century Spain: Certain composers defended what they believed to be a noble, gallant and Castilian ideal, while others embarked on an quest to restore the ‘lost purity’ of the peasantry, but embracing Modernism and Impressionism as stylistic tools in order to do so.

This is demonstrated on Franz Halász’s new album, which provides a context – Milán’s Pavanes from the 16th century, Fernando Sor’s ‘Malbroug’ Variations from 1827 – while juxtaposing later works that embody the described, conflicting attitudes. This makes for a colourful and varied programme, taking in highlights in the guitar literature such as Tárrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra as well as Joaquín Turina’s Guitar Sonata, here recorded – for the first time – from a copy of Turina’s original manuscript, and not Segovia’s published version with numerous changes. The winner of a Latin Grammy, Franz Halász is a highly acclaimed guitarist who here also makes his own contribution to the repertoire of his instrument, with his own arrangements of de Falla and Albéniz.
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  Regino Sainz de la Maza
01 Rondeña  3'58
02 Meditación  2'36
03 Soleá  3'24
  Enrique Granados
04 La maja de Goya 3'58
  Luis de Milán
  6 Pavanas 13'57
05 Pavana del quinto y sexto tono 2'18
06 Pavana del tercero y quarto tono 3'22
07 Pavana del primero y segundo tono 2'05
08 Pavana del septimo y octavo tono 2'03
09 Pavana del octavo tono 'Qua la bella francesquina' 2'11
10 Pavana del octavo tono 1'58
  Fernando Sor
11 Introduction and Variations on ‘Malbroug’, Op.28 5'52
  Manual de Falla
12 Homenaje (pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy) 3'07
13 Danza del molinero (arr. F. Halász) 2'45
  Federico Moreno Torroba
14 Torija 2'31
  Francisco Tárrega
15 Lágrima  1'51
16 Recuerdos de la Alhambra  5'38
  Isaac Albéniz
17 Granada (Serenade), from Suite española, Op. 47 (arr. F. Halász) 4'53
18 Capricho catalán, from España, Op.165 (arr. F. Halász) 4'13
19 Cádiz (Canción), from Suite española, Op.47 (arr. F. Halász) 4'49
  Joaquín Turina
20 Sevillana (Fantasía), Op.29 5'19
  Joaquín Turina
  Guitar Sonata, Op.61 10'27
21 I. Lento - Allegro 3'42
22 II. Andante 3'49
23 III. Allegro vivo 2'56
  Album total 81'58
ComposerAlbéniz, Isaac
Falla, Manual de
Granados, Enrique
Milán, Luis de
Sainz de la Maza, Regino
Sor, Fernando
Torroba, Federico Moreno
Turina, Joaquín
Tárrega, Francisco
GuitarHalász, Franz

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