Carlos Álvarez - Zarzuela Gala

Zarzuela from a gritty­voiced baritone

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Jesús Guridi (Bidaola), Juan Vert, Federico Moreno Torroba, Ruperto Chapí (y Lorente), Pablo Sorozábal, Jacinto Guerrero (y Torres), Pablo Luna (y Carné), José Serrano (Siméon), Reveriano Soutullo

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Ensayo

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: ENYCD9811

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(El) Caserío Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Alvarez
Jesús Guridi (Bidaola) Composer
Miquel Ortega
(La) Del Soto del Parral Ana Ibarra
Miquel Ortega
Carlos Alvarez
Juan Vert Composer
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Luisa Fernanda Federico Moreno Torroba Composer
Carlos Alvarez
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Miquel Ortega
(La) Revoltosa Ruperto Chapí (y Lorente) Composer
Carlos Alvarez
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Miquel Ortega
(La) Del manojo de rosas Carlos Alvarez
Ana Ibarra
Pablo Sorozábal Composer
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Miquel Ortega
(Los) Gavilanes Carlos Alvarez
Miquel Ortega
Jacinto Guerrero (y Torres) Composer
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Luisa Fernanda Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Alvarez
Federico Moreno Torroba Composer
Miquel Ortega
Maravilla Miquel Ortega
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Federico Moreno Torroba Composer
Carlos Alvarez
(La) Revoltosa Ruperto Chapí (y Lorente) Composer
Ana Ibarra
Miquel Ortega
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Alvarez
(La) Del manojo de rosas Carlos Alvarez
Miquel Ortega
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Pablo Sorozábal Composer
Molinos de viento Pablo Luna (y Carné) Composer
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Alvarez
Miquel Ortega
(La) Rosa del azafrán Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Miquel Ortega
Jacinto Guerrero (y Torres) Composer
Carlos Alvarez
(La) Rosa del azafrán Carlos Alvarez
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Miquel Ortega
Jacinto Guerrero (y Torres) Composer
(La) Canción del olvidó José Serrano (Siméon) Composer
Miquel Ortega
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Alvarez
(La) Del Soto del Parral Carlos Alvarez
Reveriano Soutullo Composer
Galicia Symphony Orchestra
Miquel Ortega
It’s unusual to have a zarzuela recital from a baritone rather than a tenor‚ and the surprise may be all the greater for the fact that five of Álvarez’s solos are included in Plácido Domingo’s EMI recital (1/89). In fact‚ all the roles sung here are baritone parts‚ though their composers probably had in mind something lighter and more heroic than Álvarez’s rather gritty voice. Juan’s greeting to his native village in Guerrero’s Los gavilanes is one number where we really need something more uplifting and romantic than Álvarez can offer. He has the power and precision all right‚ but little of the flexibility and expressiveness of‚ say‚ Marcos Redondo‚ a great Spanish baritone of the past who created some of the roles represented here. Álvarez is at his best in the two Torroba solos‚ especially ‘Amor‚ vida de mi vida’ from Maravilla‚ where the voice swells from its lower reaches to greater effect than achieved by Domingo’s tenor. The inclusion of orchestral items and duets with the agreeably sweet­voiced Ana Ibarra adds welcome variety‚ but the lack of a chorus prevents enjoyment of the full flavour of some numbers. I fear‚ too‚ that Ensayo do not help spread the gospel of this marvellous repertory by telling us nothing whatsoever of what the pieces are all about. Fortunately‚ if the repertory appeals‚ a wonderful website – www.nashwan.demon.co.uk/zarzuela.htm – tells us everything we need to know about these songs and their dramatic context.

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