Ernest Ansermet - The Three-Cornered Hat;  Teresa Berganza  (Decca 414039)
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Ernest Ansermet - The Three-Cornered Hat;  Teresa Berganza  (Decca 414039)
C1903. ERNEST ANSERMET Cond. Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: The Three-Cornered Hat; w.TERESA BERGANZA: LA VIDA BREVE - Interlude & Dance (both de Falla). Decca 414039, recorded 1961. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 028941403926


“Ansermet’s opening with hard-sticked timpani, extrovert trumpeting and fervently spirited ‘Oles’ creates an altogether different sound world of dramatic primary colours and rhythmic pungency. He has the advantage of the characterful Teresa Berganza as his soloist, and the ballet swings along spontaneously, with infectious zest, the Swiss orchestra on its toes and clearly enjoying every minute. Every detail of Falla’s superb score is sharply and richly focused, the colours lighting up radiantly. Just try the opening of Ansermet’s Neighbours’ dance to hear just how this music should be played, while the horn and cor anglais fanfares which announce the gutsy ‘Miller’s Dance’ could not be more commanding. The finale just grabs the listener, and carrries the music along with thrilling impetus to make a thrillingly expansive climax. This is a truly marvellous performance and the spectacular Victoria Hall recording, produced by James Walker and remastered by Andrew Wedman could hardly be better had it been made yesterday.”

- Ivan March, GRAMOPHONE, October, 2000