Júpiter y Danae
Carlos López-Galarza, Olga
Pitarch, Patricia Llorens, Pilar Esteban, Shi Chiao-Tu; Capella de Ministrers,
dir. Carles Magraner
Blau CD 190 [2-CD
This zarzuela in three acts (1700, author unknown) is a
tantalising curiosity. Only part of Literes's score remains, and there
is no complete libretto or spoken text. What's come down to us is in a more
thorough-going Spanish style than the composer's later works, such as
Júpiter y Semele.
The music is lively and of high quality throughout. Sadly,
musicologist and director Magraner was working with something akin to a
ruined tapestry, the fragmentary state of which precludes much in the way of
narrative momentum or sense of shape. Nor does the solo singing - with the
excpetion of Pitarch's sweet Danae - do much to personalise the
characters, though the instrumental playing is graceful and piquant.
The torso is cleanly recorded, with excellent notes in
Spanish, Catalan and English; but the lack of sung texts is a drawback, though
there is a full guide to what is being sung and by whom, and this set is
unlikely to have much appeal for the general listener.