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Manuelita Rosas (Alonso)

Conchita Panadés, Charito Leonía, Manuel Alares, Fernando Heras, Antonio Medio. Gran Orquesta y Coro del Teatro Calderón de Madrid, c. Francisco Alonso
Blue Moon BMCD 7512 [extracts]

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Homokord HOM10358 [extracts]

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Novoson CDNS-210 [extracts]

Alonso's 1941 three-act zarzuela is a romantic tale of politics and the Argentinean pampas. Musical inspiration is muted in an innocuous score, so the main draw here lies in some vivid singing, especially from tiples Leonis and Panadés. The Homokord transfer is notably successful, clear, open and relatively unprocessed. Blue Moon's is also good, though, if anything a fraction more lively and detailed.

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