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HALFFTER, E.: Piano Music

Ernesto Halffter was one of the most important Spanish composers of the twentieth century, yet he considered himself simply, and modestly, a pupil of Manuel de Falla. His piano works, which he began writing when only thirteen, span his entire career and reflect not only the influence of Scarlatti, but that of the Spanish Renaissance, Stravinsky, Ravel, with whom he studied extensively, and the French composers of Les Six. The two Piano Sonatas can be described as twentieth-century versions of Scarlatti. Suite de las doncellas, the piano version of the ballet Sonatina, here receives its first complete recording. Homenaje a Rodolfo Halffter, his elder brother, is one of several homages to friends and artists important to Halffter in his creative and everyday life. Dos piezas cubanas includes a memorable Habanera which exudes the indolence and drowsiness of the warm Caribbean climate.

Disc 1

Halffter, Ernesto

1.   I. El viejo reloj del castillo 00:05:20
2.   II. Lullaby 00:02:24
3.   III. Una ermita en el bosque 00:02:49
  Marche joyeuse
4.   Marche joyeuse 00:03:06
  Piano Sonata
5.   Piano Sonata 00:06:57
6.   L'espagnolade 00:05:57
7.   Gruss 00:02:29
  Serenata a Dulcinea
8.   Serenata a Dulcinea 00:06:22
  2 piezas cubanas
9.   No. 1. Habanera 00:03:50
10.   No. 2. Pregon 00:03:23
  Preludio y danza
11.   Preludio y danza 00:06:44
  Llanto por Ricardo Vines
12.   Llanto por Ricardo Vines 00:05:00
  Piano Sonata, "Homenaje a Domenico Scarlatti"
13.   Piano Sonata, "Homenaje a Domenico Scarlatti" 00:08:13
  Nocturno otonal, "Recordando a Chopin"
14.   Nocturno otonal, "Recordando a Chopin" 00:04:05
  Homenaje a Joaquin Turina
15.   Homenaje a Joaquin Turina 00:02:14
16.   Homenaje a Federico Mompou 00:03:08
17.   Homenaje a Rodolfo Halffter 00:03:34

Disc 2

Halffter, Ernesto

  Suite de las doncellas (piano version of the ballet Sonatina)
1.   I. Rigaudon 00:08:29
2.   II. Zarabanda 00:03:11
3.   III. Giga 00:04:14
4.   IV. Danza de la pastora 00:03:52
5.   V. Las doncellas: Fandango 00:04:36
6.   VI. Danza de la gitana 00:04:18
7.   VII. Danza final 00:06:31
  Valencia II, Pasodoble (arr. for piano)
8.   Valencia II, Pasodoble (arr. for piano) 00:03:37
  Doredianas (incomplete) (excerpts)
9.   Panaderos 00:04:32
10.   Boleras de la Cachucha 00:07:31
  3 Piezas infantiles
11.   No. 1. Serenade 00:00:37
12.   No. 2. Valse 00:00:56
13.   No. 3. Marche 00:00:58

Total Playing Time: 02:08:57

Halffter, Ernesto

Gonzalez, Belen; Gonzalez, Guillermo

Label: Naxos

Series: Spanish Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental

Catalogue No: 8.570006-07

Barcode: 747313000678

Physical Release: 08/2007

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