RODOLFO HALFFTER (1900-1987): Suite for Orchestra, Op. 1, Marinero en Tierra for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (arr. José Ramón Encinar [b.1954]), ERNESTO HALFFTER (1905-1989): Canciones Portuguesas (Lola Casariego [mezzo]), JULIÁN BAUTISTA (1901-1961): 3 ciudades for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra, Sinfonía breve.
Catalogue Number: 03L013
Label: Non Profit
Reference: NPM 0909
Description: This horrifyingly expensive label with a very ironic name offers gorgeous, Spanish folk-inspired music from the Halffter brother exiled in Mexico and Portuguese-sourced music from the one domiciled in that country, beautifully orchestrated, aching with nostalgia. Bautista's "Three Cities" are equally folk-inspired but his 21-minute symphony (1956) might be the real find - no overt folk influences but rhythmically exciting in its outer movements which hurtle along like runaway trains and with a ten-minute slow movement whose delicate melodies and textures gradually build into greater complexity. No texts. Extremadura Symphony Orchestra; Jesús Amigo.