Halffter: Sinfonietta, Elegia Y Psalmi Xxii & Cxvi
Label: harmonia mundi
Ernesto Halffter (1905-1989) Sinfonietta (Pastorella, Adagio, Allegretto vivace - Minuetto, Allegro giocoso)(Andrej Lewit, violin; Robert Pytel, violonchelo; Peter Jones, contrabajo); Elegía (Coro polifónico de la Universidad de La Laguna, Carmen Cruz Simó, dirección); Psalmi XXII: Eominus Pastor Menus et Hospes Meus; Psalmi CXVI: Hymnus Laudis et gratiarum action (Susan Chilcott, soprano; Claire Powell, mezzo-soprano; Joan Cabero, tenor; José Antonio Carril, bajo)
Ernesto Halffter was Manuel de Falla's best-known disciple, and the person who finished his cantata 'Atlántida'. He was a personal friend and collaborator with Dalí, García Lorca, Albertí, Buñuel and most of the "Generation of 1927". In his works, one can perceive the neoclassical influences that were typical of his times, as well as traces of Stravinsky, Ravel (with whom he studied extensively between 1925 and 1935) and the celebrated French composers of "Les Six" group: Milhaud, Poulenc and Honegger. This disc presents the 'Sinfonietta', a work he wrote in his youth and with which he became known in the United States in 1928, and three other pieces writen when the composer was mature, 'Elegía' and the two psalms.