1. February 23rd, 2023 at 19 hours
Live disc Presentation
2. February 24th, 2023 at 12 noon
Live disc recital
Featuring the works of Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, María Rodrigo, Matilde Salvador, Joaquín Turina and the
WORLD PREMIERE of the cycle "Pascua Florida,"
by Miquel Ortega, with texts by María Lejárraga
Tres coplas canté en la noche from "Ayes," by María Rodrigo
Yo sabía un cantar moro from "Pascua florida," by Miquel Ortega
Séguidille from "Trois melodies," by Manuel de Falla
The sound disc 1915: A Trip to Granada featuring American mezzo Anna Tonna and American pianist Mac McClure, aims to take the listener on a journey undertaken back in April of 1915 to Southern Spain, by composer Manuel de Falla and playwright María Lejárraga. They wound their way to the Alhambra, seeking inspiration for what was to be Falla and Lejárraga’s most famous collaboration, the ballet “El amor brujo”. The disc essays sounds from early 20th century Spain known as “Alhambrismo”, which evoke the beauty of Moorish Spain with it's fantastical tales, and the architecture of the UNESCO Heritage Site, The Alhambra in Granada.
The disc showcases the song cycle Pascua florida (2017) by Miquel Ortega (b. 1963) upon text written by Lejárraga during the trip to Granada in 1915; it also features: two solo piano works by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909); songs by María Rodrigo (1888-1967) and Manuel de Falla (1876-1946); songs by Matilde Salvador (1918-2007), with texts by Uruguayan poet and feminist Juana de Ibarbourou; as well as the rarely heard "Corazón de mujer" by Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), with text by Cristina de la Cruz Arteaga.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Specialists in the music of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and pianist Mac McClure team up for the first time in the sound disc 1915: A trip to Granada. Passionate exponents of composers from the 19th century to the present, individually they have extensively presented music of Spain and Latin America both as performers and recording artists to the concert going public in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Production: Edicions Albert Moraleda, S. L.
Sound Engineer and Musical Production: Albert Moraleda
Microphones: Neumann U87
Keyboard Technician: Carles Sigüenza
Design: Petrushka Sainz
Program notes: María Luz González and Anna Tonna
Photography: Rebeca Saray; Hernando Toro Botero
and Fundación Archivo Manuel de Falla.
Text Translations: Anna Tonna
Consultants: María Luz González and Alda Blanco
Recorded at BlackCat Studios in La Garriga (Barcelona)
on June 9, 14 and 15 of 2021.
Mac McClure recorded upon a Steinway & Sons piano, No. 446.160-D
Publishers: Union Musical Española 1-5, ©email@example.com 6-13,
Piles Editorial de Música 14-16, Manuel de Falla Ediciones 17-18, Chester Music 19-21,
Editions Salabert 22, Editions Durand Publisher 23.
MANUEL DE FALLA
Photo courtesy of the
Fundación Archivo Manuel de Falla
Writing and producing under the pen name of “Martínez Sierra”, María Lejarrága (1874-1974) was together with her husband Gregorio Martínez Sierra, part of the new spirit of theatrical renovation in Spain known as “Arte Teatro”; their theater in Madrid’s Teatro Eslava showcased stage works by the most innovative creators of the time such as Federico García Lorca and Santiago Rusiñol . Up until recently Lejarrága’s plays and essays were attributed to her husband; her oeuvre has now been rightly attributed to her. She was an important figure of the early 20th century feminist movement in Spain, and one of the most successful playwrights of her times; Lejarrága's plays such as "Canción de cuna" and "Tú eres la paz" where performed regularly throughout the Spanish speaking world during the first half of the 20th century.