It’s an odd fact that the best-known “Spanish” music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is actually by French composers.
Of course, Spain was just across the mountains, and a train route between the two countries was completed in 1864.
But more to the point were the Spanish musical forms that could be exploited and that audiences would recognize and appreciate.
In this hour, the French perspective on its southern neighbor—from Bizet’s Carmen to Debussy’s Iberia, from Chabrier’s Espana to Ravel’s Bolero.
|Carmen & L’Arlesienne Suites||Musiciens du Louvre--Grenoble||Naïve 5130||822186051306|
|Lalo/Saint-Saens||Vengerov, London Philharmonic||EMI Classics 75932||724355759320|
|Soprano Songs and Arias||Martinez||Naxos 8.557827||747313282722|
|Voix des Landes - A Travers Chants||Choeur A Capella||Agorila||Amazon download: B001PUY7MQ|
|Carmen||Price, Karajan||RCA Victor 6199-2-RG||078635619928|
|Saint-Saens, Vol. 2||London Philharmonic Orchestra||Cala CACD 1016||5015853101625|
|Chabrier: Espana||Detroit Symphony Orchestra||Mercury 434 303-2||028943430326|
|Sylvia/Le Cid||National Philharmonic Orchestra||Decca 425 475-2||028942547520|
|Debussy – Piano Works, Vol. 2||Bavouzet||Chandos CHAN 10443||095115144329|
|Debussy Orchestral Works||Philips 438 742-2||028943874229|
|Bolero||Boston Symphony Orchestra||RCA Victor 828766637427||828766637427|