Los Claveles (Serrano)
Teresa Berganza, Plácido
Domingo, Dolores Cava, José Manzaneda. Coro de solistas líricos,
Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona, c.García-Navarro
BMG Alhambra WD 71588
María Espinalt, Pablo Civil,
Josefina Puigsech, Francisco Paulet. Coro y Orquesta Sinfónica
Española c. Rafael Ferrer
Lily Berchman (Dolores
Pérez), José Picaso. Cantores Líricos de Madrid, Orquesta
de Cámara de Madrid, c. Enrique Navarro
Ana María Iriarte, Carlos
Munguía, Julita Bermejo. Gran Orquesta de Cámara de Madrid, c.
Amparo Romo, Vicente Simón,
Amparo Albiach, Antonio Palacios. c. ?
Blue Moon BMCD 7510
[digest from the full comparative review]
Three of the four available performances have their merits.
Vocally, BMG take the honours with their stellar line-up, and the
coupling - a marvellous La Dolorosa - is a huge
bonus. The acting honours go to EMI, and although Espinalt was
slightly past her best, Civil's "Mujeres" is wittily imagined and
Ferrer conducts more alertly than his BMG rival.
Best of all, if you don't crave modern sound, is the
revelatory early cast performance on Blue Moon. Romo's "Que te
importa" is a thrilling example of the Way They Were Then, and Simon
is impeccably elegant in his solo. The one disappointment is the Zafiro.
The recording is fierce and one-dimensional, Berchman/Pérez sings under
the note and exhibits little variety of tone. Picaso is simply crude,
and the CD (unlike its rivals) is parsimoniously short of a coupling.