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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66800
Recording details: April 1995
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: September 1995
Total duration: 7 minutes 33 seconds

'Wholeheartedly recommended' (Gramophone)

'These works will be a revelation for most listeners' (San Francisco Examiner)

'Interprétations enthousiasmantes, à la fois vigoureuses et finement nuancées. Une vraie fête!' (Créscendo, France)

'Eine Raritäten-Produktion, die Freude macht' (Stereoplay, Germany)

'Un Arriaga a celebrar … ésta es buenisima' (Ritmo, Spain)

Overture to 'Los esclavos felices'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Arriaga was born in Bilbao, northern Spain, and there, at the age of fourteen, he composed his lone opera, Los esclavos felices (‘The Happy Slaves’). Its overture opens innocently, the flowing pulse suggesting a pastoral scene, while the body of the movement is (almost) pure Rossini, complete with a crescendo to bring in the coda, but with a surprise ending.

from notes by Robert Dearling © 1995

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