Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Boulez, New York Philharmonic
"Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat" (Vinyl)

Manuel de Falla is best known for a couple of orchestral works that endure in the symphonic literature.  One of them is the suite that Falla himself compiled from music he wrote for his ballet, "The Three-Cornered Hat."

Sergei Diaghilev (of the Ballet Russes) championed the ballet and this recording by Pierre Boulez and the New York Philharmonic is the unconventional full ballet-length recording.  While there are moments that make less sense, there is a fair amount of beautiful music that didn't make it into the orchestral suite.

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