Falla: El Amor Brujo (1915 Version) - El Retablo D
Garza, Jorge; Fernández, Esperanza; Zetlan, Jennifer; Gil-Ordóñez, Angel; García, Alfredo; Perspectives Ensemble
Manuel de Falla is renowned as the greatest Spanish composer of the early 20th century, melding diverse stylistic, folk or literary influences into distinctive new musical languages and forging masterworks that have become cultural emblems of his homeland. This synthesis can be found in the original 1915 version of El amor brujo, a heartfelt representation of a young Roma woman’s dramatic quest to free herself of the ghost of her lover. The mini-opera El retablo de Maese Pedro pays homage to Cervantes’ beloved Don Quixote using instrumentations and rhythms that conjure both Spain’s Golden Age and the vibrant energy of new European music in the 1920s. Perspectives Ensemble was founded at Columbia University in 1993 by Sato Moughalian to explore and contextualize works of composers and visual artists in performances, recordings and writings. Under Moughalian’s artistic direction the group has received the highest critical accolades including praise from The New York Times. The ensemble serves as artist-in-residence for the Foundation for Iberian Music and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York.