De Falla – Der Dreispitz

The Diaghelev ballet from 1917, with music by Manual de Falla. I mentioned it earlier, when I wrote about a piano version. This performance is conducted by Seiji Ozawa, with vocal appearance by the Spanish mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza. Berganza worked on the first recording of the work in the sixties, with the Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet, who conducted the premiere of the work. All is connected.

The story is about a miller and his wife. The miller tries to fight off the unwelcome attentions of the local magistrate for his wife. All of this goes with seductive dances and a lot of Andalusian flamenco. Did I mention the premiere had sets and costumes by Picasso?

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