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Music Is a Thing of Mystery

Donald Macleod focuses on Falla's exploratory music from a settled period between 1920 and 1939, when he lived in Granada.

In the autumn of 1920, Manuel de Falla moved to Granada with his sister Maria del Carmen. The house in which they lived, from 1920-1939, in a little alley in the old Moorish quarter of Granada, overlooked by the Alhambra palace, is now the Manuel de Falla House-Museum. Living in Granada was the realisation of a dream for Falla. He now had a refuge from the public world of concert tours. He told one newspaperman: "I am absolutely dedicated to music, and music must be lived, must be inside you; it must be formed naturally. Music is a thing of mystery!" Donald Macleod celebrates Falla's exploratory music from this settled period.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Manuel de Falla

    Nocturno in F minor for piano

    Performer: Miguel Baselga.
    • BIS : CD-773.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Canto de los remeros del Volga for piano

    Performer: Daniel Ligorio.
    • Naxos 8.555066.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Manuel de Falla

    El Retablo de maese Pedro - puppet opera

    Singer: Ismael Pons-Tena. Singer: Jordi Galofre. Singer: Nancy Fabiola Herrera. Singer: Natacha Valladares.
    • Naxos 8.553499.
    • Naxos.
    • 20.
  • Manuel de Falla

    El Retablo de maese Pedro - puppet opera

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • RCA : 09026 -61389 2.
    • RCA.
    • 8.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Psyche for voice, flute, harp and string trio

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Conductor: Josep Pons. Orchestra: Barcelona Free Theatre Chamber Orchestra.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC 901432-.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 18.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Concerto in D major for harpsichord and 5 instruments

    Conductor: Charles Mackerras. Performer: Rafael Puyana.
    • PHILIPS : 432-829-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 14.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Vals-capricho for piano

    Performer: Len Vorster.
    • Naxos 8.554498.
    • Naxos.
    • 19.

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