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La campana rota (Obradors)

Filomena Suriñach, Enriqueta Torres, Emilio Sagi-Barba, Rafael Díaz, Luís Fabregat, c. composer [?]
Blue Moon BMCD 7556 [highlights]

This interesting-looking issue is a let-down, at least for the zarzuela selections. Obradors was a persistent but unsuccessful zarzuelero, and this uninspired 1929 score proves to be of academic interest only, although the singers - especially Sagi-Barba in a lively but vapid Brindis and genuinely funny comic tenor Díaz in two scenes - do their best to liven proceedings. The CD is worth hearing mainly for the brief fillers from the composer's marvellous Canciones clásicos españolas.

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