The Sinfonietta by
Ernesto Halffter -
'... an impressive job ...'
The name Halffter became significantly associated with music in Spain
and Latin America during the twentieth century, and it began with two
brothers, Rodolfo and Ernesto, the sons of an immigrant German family
that settled in Madrid at the turn of the last century. Rodolfo sailed
off to Mexico at the age of 35 and there wrote and conducted
orchestral works and ballets; established the important magazine
Nuestra Música; became manager of the principal Mexican publishing
company in 1946 and continued to rise -- he died in 1987.
As a composer he was firmly under the spell of Manuel de Falla, as
also was his brother Ernesto who stayed in Madrid and concentrated his
time far more exclusively on composition to his death in 1989. Also
powerfully influenced by de Falla, Ernesto eventually drew aside the
stylistic veil in favour of influences from Stravinsky, Ravel
and Poulenc, and some of these can already be heard in this welcome
recording of a group of his early compositions which includes the
fine Sinfonietta in D of 1925.
Copyright © 6 April 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK