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El anillo de hierro (Marqués)

Teresa Berganza, Carlos Munguía, Manuel Ausensi, Gerardo Monreal. Coro Cantores de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica, c. Benito Lauret
BMG Alhambra WD 74555

Strongly cast and sensitively directed, Lauret's performance has for many years kept the name of Marqués in the Spanish catalogues - although his symphonies (recently issued in the ICCMU critical edition) are at least equally deserving of a place. This nautical romance set on the coast of Norway is an early work, and not especially Spanish in feeling. It's old popularity was down to one soprano aria, "lágrimas mías", full of feeling in the Italian style, magnificently done here by Berganza. That having been said, this is probably an issue for the committed enthusiast rather than the tyro.

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