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El niño judío (Luna)

Ana María Iriarte, Lina Huarte, Manuel Ausensi, Gerardo Monreal, Joaquín Portillo, Rafael Campos. Coro Cantores de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica, c. Ataulfo Argenta
Novoson Z-481

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.

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