El niño judío
Ana María Iriarte, Lina
Huarte, Manuel Ausensi, Gerardo Monreal, Joaquín Portillo, Rafael
Campos. Coro Cantores de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica, c. Ataulfo
Although this is by no means the strongest of the great
Alhambra series it continues to serve as a useful stopgap, as it has
been doing since the mid 1950's! Iriarte is a gusty Concha, not least in
the famous Canción española "De España vengo".
Ausensi is a bruising Manacor and Portillo caricatures Jenaro
unamusingly. The recording is horribly murky, and the transfer clouds the issue
further. Still, here we have a reasonable selection of Luna's sophisticated and
exotic score (46') and in all honesty gratitude must outweigh gripes.