Arriaga: Symphony & Herminie (CD)

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Berit Norbakken Solset, BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena

The Spanish music specialist and former Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena, continues the series ‘La Música de España’, which has seen the recording of orchestral works by de Falla, Turina, and Albéniz, with another important Spanish composer: Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known for years after his early death as the ‘Spanish Mozart’.

The orchestral overture to Los esclavos felices (The Happy Slaves) is all that survives of an opera which the child prodigy Arriaga wrote aged fourteen. When Arriaga moved to Paris in 1821 to study under Fétis, Guérin, and Baillot, he revised the overture, making changes to the instrumentation and removing a third theme. It is the revised version which is heard on this recording.

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Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga (1806-1826):

Overture to Los esclavos felices


Overture, Op. 20

Air de l’Opéra Médée

Symphonie à grand orchestre