El chaleco blanco (Chueca)
Ana María Iriarte, Gerardo
Monreal, Joaquín Portillo. Coro Cantores de Madrid, Orquesta
Sinfónica, c. Ataúlfo Argenta
BMG Alhambra WD 74389 / or / Novoson Z-551
Chueca's sparkling music for Carrión's
little farce is freshly performed under Argenta's lively direction.
Iriarte sounds on the matronly side for the young heroine, but
Monreal sings musically as David - even managing a decent top B-flat in
the quotation from Verdi's "di quella pira." The chorus is
forthright, the recording upfront and reasonably clear. The coupling, rather
curiously, is Serrano's exotic tragedy Moros y
Cristianos, atmospherically done.