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Overture to 'Los esclavos felices'

composer
1820

 
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

Arriaga naquit à Bilbao, au nord de l’Espagne, où, à l’âge de quatorze ans, il composa son unique opéra, Los esclavos felices («Les heureux esclaves»). Son ouverture commence innocemment, le rythme fluide suggérant une scène pastorale, tandis que le corps du mouvement est (presque) du pur Rossini, doté d’un crescendo pour conduire à la coda, mais avec une fin surprise.

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert Dearling © 1995
Français: Catherine Loridan

Arriaga wurde in Bilbao in Nordspanien geboren, und dort komponierte er im Alter von vierzehn Jahren seine einzige Oper, Los esclavos felices („Die glücklichen Sklaven“). Ihre Ouvertüre beginnt in aller Unschuld und der fließende Rhythmus deutet eine pastorale Szene an, während der Körper des Satzes (fast) reinen Rossini darstellt, komplett mit einem Crescendo zur Einführung der Koda, allerdings mit einem überraschenden Ende.

aus dem Begleittext von Robert Dearling © 1995
Deutsch: Angela Ritter

Recordings

Arriaga & Voříšek: Symphonies
CDA66800

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