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Opera collaborations with Francis Money-Coutts

In 1889 Albeniz met solicitor and poet Francis Money-Coutts, with whom he began writing opera. Donald Macleod introduces two of their collaborations and Albeniz's piano music.

While living in London Albéniz met the solicitor, poet and aspiring librettist Francis Money-Coutts with whom he signed an exclusive contract for ten years. Coutts provided Albéniz with a secure income and collaborated with him on three operas with varying degrees of success. Donald Macleod introduces extracts from two of those joint ventures, one based on a popular novel by a contemporary Spanish writer, and the other, a very English opera set in the time of the Wars of the Roses.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Isaac Albéniz

    Tango in D: 'Quisiera olvidar tus ojos' (Beniamino Gigli)

    Performer: With unknown orchestra, conducted by Nathaniel Shikret(recorded in 1932)

    • PAST CD 9776.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Malagueña (from Six Feuilles d'Album)

    Performer: (arr. Julien Proulx) Performer: Yuli Turovsky (cello/director) Performer: I Musici of Montreal

    • Analekta AN29897.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Mallorca (Barcarola)

    Performer: Jordi Masó (piano)

    • Naxos 8.570457.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Henry Clifford (1893-5) End of Act II

    Performer: Henry Clifford Aquiles Machado Performer: Annie Saint John Ana María Martínez Performer: Lady Clifford Alessandra Marc Performer: Sir John Saint John Carlos Álvarez Performer: Lady Saint John Jane Henschel Performer: Escolanía de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos Performer: Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of Madrid Performer: Conductor, José de Eusebio

    • Decca 473 937-2.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Córdoba (from Cantos de España/Chants d'Espagne)

    Performer: Rafael Orozco (piano)

    • Valois V4663.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Pepita Jimenez End of Act II

    Performer: Don Luis Plácido Domingo Performer: Pepita Carol Vaness Performer: Antoñona Jane Henschel Performer: Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid Performer: Conductor, José de Eusebio

    • DG 477 6234.

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