Las bribonas (Calleja)
Clothilde Perales, Srta.
Sánchez Giménez, Rosario Soler, Juana Benítez, Vicente
Carrión and Sr. Soriano, c. Rafael Calleja, Pascual Marquina
The 2007 Teatro de la Zarzuela revival of Las
bribonas proved something of an eye-opener, though perhaps the intrinsic
interest of this once-popular example of género ínfimo shouldn't
have come as a surprise. The four songs recorded with orchestra around the time
of the zarzuela's 1908 premiere provide a fascinating window on the past,
despite the sonic limitations. All four, especially Soler's delectable
Flamenco pastiche, the tientos "Campanas de la vela", are hustled along
to fit onto one 78rpm side each; but under the composer himself and
Marquina there's a real whiff of Teatro Apolo in the air, and plenty of
the life and light wit of Calleja's inspiration is conveyed.
Benítez's very French cuplés de la modista are a
It forms part of Vol.15 of Sonifolk's invaluable Revista
Musical Española series, and the couplings Rosillo's Los
babilonios, Alonso's Gran Clipper and Luna's El Antojo
are also worth hearing, in an even lighter style than the zarzuela.