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La madrileña, o El tutor burlado (Martín y Soler)

Olga Pitarch, Miquel Ramon, Antoni Aragón, Patricia Llorens, Santiago Santana, Ricardo Sanjuan. Capella de Ministrers, d. Josep R. Gil-Tàrrega.
CDM 0410

This was an unexpected treat - the very first stage work by the priest-contemporary of Mozart known affectionately as Padre Martín, whose Italian operas were to find great success in cosmopolitan Vienna. The twenty year old wrote El tutor burlado in Madrid as a through-written opera to a text adapted by Ramón de la Cruz, and it was left to Pablo Esteve to convert the recitatives to spoken dialogue and rebaptize it as La madrileña. The music of the zarzuela version is conventionally Italianate, but not without many touches of individuality. Well sung and played as it is here, by the Capella de Ministrers on original instruments, this makes for highly delightful listening.

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