OP0634. EL GATO CON BOTAS (Puss in Boots) (Xavier Montsalvatge), recorded 2002, w. Antoni Ros Marbà Cond. Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra; Isabel Monar, Antonio Comas, Enric Martínez-Castignani, Stefano Palatchi, etc. [This album was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording"] (Spain) Columna Música 1CM0103, w.Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8429977101039
“First produced at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the current production may have used a reduced orchestration (in a version by Albert Guinovart, with the assent of the composer) but there was no stinting in the production values, which added up to an entirely magical hour or so that enchanted an audience filled with every age group from toddlers to teens to grown-ups.
Montsalvagte’s score reflects moody trends from Europe in the first half of 20th-century, infused with a distinctly Catalan feeling for folk and children’s music. Though not, of course, a zarzuela, the comedy quotient was perhaps more pronounced than in many zarzuelas, and the rarity of seeing a Spanish musical work of any kind on Broadway, no less, and so well-realised, was simply astonishing. I’m sorry the run was merely a week—this could and should have run far longer to build a delighted audience."
- Richard Traubner, zarzuela.net