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BRETON, T.: Escenas andaluzas / En la Alhambra / Opera Preludes (Madrid Community Orchestra, Roa)

Composer(s):Breton, Tomas
Artist(s) Roa, Miguel, Conductor • Madrid Community Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572076
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Highly esteemed in his lifetime, though sadly neglected since, Tomás Bretón built an enviable reputation on the ten theatrical works he composed between 1875 and 1896, the evocative Preludes to three of which and the Sardana from Garin are included on this disc. In his popular Escenas andaluzas (Andalusian Scenes) he evokes all the sunshine and colour of southern Spain, while En la Alhambra celebrates the fabulous red-stoned Moorish palace near Granada. Bretón’s Piano Trio in E major and Four Spanish Pieces are available on Naxos 8.570713.


Review By Scherzo,March 2009


Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

Spain’s most prolific and leading opera composer of the 19th century, the highly pleasing music of Tomas Breton is now almost totally unknown. Born in 1850, his mission was to integrate aspects of Spanish music into the style of mainstream opera from Germany and Italy. If the four preludes included on this disc are indicative of the operas that followed, it was a task he must have achieved to a large degree. It includes the admirable introduction to La Dolores, one of the most highly regarded operas during his lifetime, and where early Verdi was the guiding hand. It would also be Verdi who comes to mind in the overture to the tragic love story, Los amantes de Teruel, the story’s happier times reflected in the charming opening section. The



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