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Manuel de Falla El Sombrero de tres picos Ernest Ansermet / L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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Falla's ballet, the Three - Cornered Hat

The definitive version of Falla's great ballet, the Three - Cornered Hat, by the Swiss Romande Orchestra conducted by Ansermet has been praised as the greatest performance of the LP age. This new SACD/CD hybrid features newly created DSD master.

Ansermet, a great conductor who left his mark on the history of classical music with his exquisite and colorful performances

Ansermet, a great conductor who left his mark on the history of classical music with his exquisite and colorful performances As the conductor for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, the master Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet (November 11, 1883-February 20, 1969) premiered many important compositions of the early 20th century, such as Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, Nightingale, and Pulcinella; Falla's Three - Cornered Hat; Prokofiev's Tale of the Buffoon; and Satie's Parade. And above all, he is known for founding the Swiss Romande Orchestra in 1919 and, as its musical director, developing it into a global presence. In 1946, he entered an exclusive contract with the Decca label and made a vast amount of recordings covering French, Russian, 20th century, and German and Austrian music. Many of these recordings were highly evaluated in the LP age, complemented as they were by excellent recording technology.*

* FFRR. ("Full frequency range recording" in the era of monaural recordings;
this was known as FFSS, or "full frequency stereo sound" in the age of stereo.) Decca developed this groundbreaking recording system during World War II at the request of the Navy to catch submarines. The system could play back at up to 12,000 Hertz-groundbreaking performance for that time, far exceeding the conventional narrow band.

The epitome of Spanish music by Ansermet

Among Ansermet's many recordings, this album receives especial praise. It is a masterpiece of historic proportion, and was considered the representative version of the Three - Cornered Hat throughout the LP age. This album-Ansermet's third recording since his first monaural recording of 1952-was recorded in 1961, and was also known for the appointment of Teresa Berganza just after her debut. James Walker, the producer responsible for all of the stereo recordings of Ansermet, and Roy Wallace, the creator of the Decca stereo recording system, joined forces to realize this great recording. The interlude and dance from the opera, The Short Life, were also included in the original LP.

The tone and color of Spanish music caught in its entirety

"This is a performance to be known as 'one of the greats.' The composition, Three - Cornered Hat was premiered by Ansermet, and with its lively rhythms, subtle narratives, dynamic development, and vivid contrast and tone - colors, this version is a masterly performance that none other appears able to exceed. The performance illustrates an ethnic taste that is rich in wild beauty in a truly vivid and dynamic way, while highlighting the lyricism of Falla's music in a sophisticated, uncompromising manner. The solo singing by the young Berganza is also worth listening to."

- Takahiko Utasaki, Classic Meiban Taizen (Complete Classic Masterpieces): Orchestral Works, 1998.

In Japan, this version of the Three - Cornered Hat is known for its artwork using a Goya painting different from that of the original LP released in the UK. When it was re - released in the CD format, coupled with Love the Magician, this famous artwork was used again. This re - release in the SACD/CD hybrid format uses the design of the original UK edition, showing a dancer standing in the plaza in the evening.

Great recording in the legendary Victoria Hall favored by Decca

Recordings by Ansermet and the Swiss Romande Orchestra were basically made at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the home base of the Orchestra. Built by a British consul general who was posted in Geneva in the 19th century, this hall has superb acoustics and is optimal for recording. The first stereo recording by Decca was Rimsky - Korsakov's symphony, Antar, by the Swiss Romande Orchestra conducted by Ansermet, recorded here on May 13, 1954. This legendary hall has been the setting for many great recordings ever since.
Title and track list
Manuel de Falla (1786 - 1946)
El Sombrero de tres picos
1. Introduction *

Parte prima

2. La tarde
3. Danza de la molinera (Fandango)
4. Las uvas

Parte seconda

5. Danza de los vecinos (Seguidillas)
6. Danza del molinero (Farruca) *
7. Danza del corregidor
8. Danza final

La vida breve-Interludio y danza

9. La vida breve-Interludio y danza
A performance
The Swiss Romande Orchestra
Conducted by Ernest Ansermet
Producer: James Walker
Engineer: Roy Wallace
Location: Victoria Hall, Geneva
Recording date: February. 1961
SA-CD /CD re-mastering
Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (JVC Mastering Center)
Special Thanks to: Hiroshi Hizawa (Universal Music K.K.)
SA-CD/CD re-mastering was carried out on August 26, 2008 at JVC Mastering Center.

Product ID :ESSD - 90016
Format :SACD Hybrid
Label :Decca
STEREO P.D. Made in Japan
DSD mastering / SACD layer: Stereo / CD layer: ADD
Deluxe Digipak packaging