As is so often the case, Spain went its own way: the 19th century was characterised by music based on national traditions; in contrast to Central Europe, there were not so many great symphonies and operas but rather numerous songs with the classical accompanying instrument of the guitar. This, of course, says nothing about the compositional quality – two of the great exponents of Spanish music of that time, Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla – who of course also composed symphonic music – served this genre with numerous treasures that perfectly combine folkloristic melodies and compositional sophistication. Her two cycles Doce tonadillas en estilo antiguo and Siete canciones populares españolas both show a very individual personal style, which inspires the world-famous and multiple award-winning soprano Núria Rial to a fascinating vocal cosmos off the beaten track.

MANUEL DE FALLA (1876-1946)
Siete canciones populares españolas
Seven Spanish Folk Songs
1. El pano moruno 1:18
2. Seguidilla murciana 1:21
3. Asturiana 2:49
4. Jota 3:45
5. Nana 1:44
6. Cancion 1:12
7. Polo 1:35
Doce Tonadillas en estilo antiguo (Poemas de Fernando Periquet)
Tonadillas in ancient style (Poems by Fernando Periquet)
8. La maja de Goya 3:47
9. El majo discreto 1:30
10. El tralalá y el punteado 1:10
11. El majo tímido 1:00
12. La maja dolorosa I 2:15
13. La maja dolorosa II 2:18
14. La maja dolorosa III 3:12
15. El mirar de la maja 2:51
16. Amor y odio 2:13
17. Callejeo 0:50
18. El majo olvidado 3:38
Madrigal y Cinco canciones sefardíes
Madrigal and Five Sephardic Songs
19. Nani. Canción de cuna sefardi 3:02
20. Romance sefardi 1:37
21. Linda de mi corasón 1:01
22. Nana sefardi 3:56
Total time: 48:24

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