CHAPI: FANTASIA MORISCA (Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid) (Naxos: 8.572195)
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Ruperto Chap?¡ composed theatrical and chamber music, opera and symphonic pieces, including the two early works on this disc. Originally composed in 1873 as a suite for military band, 'Fantas?¡a morisca' was revised six years later for full orchestra and is notable for the nobility, elegance and poetic character of its four contrasting movements.
While 'Fantas?¡a morisca' shows the influence of Bizet, Saint-Sa?½ns and Massenet, the 'Symphony in D minor' draws instead on Classical Viennese models, yet showcases the young Chap?¡'s mastery of orchestral colour, as well as his gift for expansive melodies and rich harmonies.
\The devotion of the performers is visceral and intense. Jos?® Ram??n Encinar leads the Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid with fearless abandon. The orchestra doesn't merely navigate the thickets of notes, they play them with frightening commitment." MusicWeb International on 8570425
BALADA: Maria Sabina