Elena Gragera & Anton Cardó
Centro Federico García Lorca
Tuesday 21 June 20:00 Chamber music concert
Chamber Music




Elena Gragera, mezzo-soprano

Anton Cardó, piano




Falla, Lorca and the ‘Cante Jondo’ in the Generation of ‘27


Joaquín Nin-Culmell (1908-2004)

Cinco canciones tradicionales españolas (1971)


Maurice Ohana (1914-1995)

Nana (from Chansons populaires espagnoles. 1994)


Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Trois chansons de García-Lorca (1947)


Robert Gerhard (1896-1970)

Zapateado (from Cante Jondo. Cuatro canciones tradicionales de Andalucía. 1914-1918)


Joaquín Nin Castellanos (1879-1949)

Granadina (from Veinte canciones populares españolas. 1923)


Julián Bautista (1901-1960)

Barrio de Córdoba (from Tres ciudades. 1937)


Ton de Leeuw (1926-1997)

Danse (from Vijf liederen op teksten van García-Lorca. 1952)


Gustavo Pittaluga (1906-1975)

Romance de Solita (from La romería de los cornudos. 1933)


Paul Bowles (1910-1999)

Balada amarilla (from Cuatro canciones de García Lorca. 1944)


Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)

Siete canciones populares españolas (1914)

Concert with no interval

The Spirit of Popular Song

Two friends, Federico García Lorca and Manuel de Falla, shake hands in this original recital that will offer one of the most seasoned duos in Spanish song, the one formed by Gragera and Cardó. In their program the harmonizations of popular songs (of course Falla, but also Joaquín Nin) intersect with the compositions on poems by García Lorca, in which works by masters from the Generation of the Republic (Gerhard, Pittaluga, Bautista) are joined with other more recent ones, some of them very little heard (Bowles, De Leeuw). Ultimately, and following the Cadiz composer (“I modestly think that in popular song the spirit is more important than the lyrics”), many of these pieces are also dominated by a spirit that flows out of the people.