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Arriaga: Overtures, Herminie & Other Works

BBC Philharmonic, Berit Norbakken Solset, Juanjo Mena

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Los esclavos felices  
1
Overture (2nd Version)
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
7:14
Herminie  
2
No. 1, Le jour frappe mes yeux
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
1:43
3
No. 2, Longtemps, hélas!
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
3:33
4
No. 3, Mais sur cette arène guerrière
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
1:19
5
No. 4, Il n'est plus... Dieux cruels!
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
2:28
6
No. 5, Se peut-il!
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
1:13
7
No. 6, Tancrède me devra le jour
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
5:33
8
Overture in D Major, Op. 20
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
11:05
Médée  
9
Hymen, viens dissiper une vaine frayeur
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Berit Norbakken Solset; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
5:17
Symphony in D Major  
10
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
10:30
11
II. Andante
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
6:41
12
III. Minuetto. Allegro - Trio
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
3:49
13
IV. Allegro con moto
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena
6:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:24
The Spanish music specialist and former Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena, continues the series ‘La Música de España’, which has seen the recording of orchestral works by de Falla, Turina, and Albéniz, with another important Spanish composer: Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known for years after his early death as the ‘Spanish Mozart’.

The orchestral overture to Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves) is all that survives of an opera which the child prodigy Arriaga wrote aged fourteen. When Arriaga moved to Paris in 1821 to study under Fétis, Guérin, and Baillot, he revised the overture, making changes to the instrumentation and removing a third theme. It is the revised version which is heard on this recording.

Air de l’Opéra Médée and Herminie are included in the largely autograph volume ‘Ensayos lírico-dramáticos’ (Lyric-dramatic Essays), and here feature one of Scandinavia’s most sought-after concert singers, the soprano Berit Norbakken Solset. Tonally ambiguous, the D minor Symphonie à grand orchestre, which begins and ends in D major, and the Overture, Op. 20, in D major, which was written ‘without having learnt the principles of harmony’, are proof that the death of Arriaga at age nineteen was a ‘sad loss to Basque music’.
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