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English language broadcast - Jesús Guridi & Walt Disney - 19/10/18

10/19/2018
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One of Spanish composer Jesús Guridi´s last works is his 1956 Homage to Walt Disney. Guridi was beguiled by the Hollywood master of fantasy and had himself composed film soundtracks. We play a selection from Guridi's soundtrack for the 1939 movie La malquerida, based on the play by Jacinto Benavente. The Homage to Walt Disney is performed by pianist Ricardo Requejo with the Symphony Orchestra of Euskadi, conducted by Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:32:07

English language broadcast - Jesús Guridi, composer - 16/10/18

10/16/2018
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Described as "among the most underrated composers of the 20th century," Jesús Guridi is finally enjoying a revival. The Basque composer wrote several zarzuelas, including "Mirentxu" - from which we play an aria performed by soprano Ainhoa Arteta with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique García Asensio. His 10 Basque Melodies, composed in 1941, are thought to be one of the most important contributions to 20th century Spanish music. Performed here by the RTVE Symphony Orchestra,...

Duration:00:32:06

English language broadcast - Roberto Gerhard, composer - 12/10/18

10/12/2018
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Roberto Gerhard, born in the Catalan town of Valls in 1896, is not as well known here as he might be. At the end of the Spanish Civil War, he and his family, supporters of the Republic, were forced into exile, and Roberto Gerhard spent the rest of his life, until his death in 1970, in England. His music was banned in Spain during the dictatorship. We play his suite Soirees de Barcelone, composed between 1936 and 1938, abandoned, and only recently salvaged. Also, the Don Quijote suite from...

Duration:00:31:51

English language broadcast - Enrique Granados: guitar transcriptions - 09/10/18

10/9/2018
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Most of Granados' pieces composed originally for piano have been transcribed for guitar, making his work a standard in classical guitar repertoire. Today we play his Seven Poetic Waltzes, performed by David Russell. Then we play the recordings made by Julian Bream of Enrique Granados' Collection of "tonadillas" "La maja de Goya" and one of the composer's 12 Spanish dances. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:30:34

English language broadcast - Joaquín Turina - 05/10/18

10/5/2018
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Today's program presents another of Spain's illustrious 20th century composers, Joaquín Turina a friend and contemporary of Falla's. We play Turina's Sonata for Guitar, opus 61 performed by Fernando Espi. That's followed by one of Turina's most celebrated works, the Sinfonía sevillana, which was premiered on September 11, 1920. Performed here by the City of Salamanca Young Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Ignacio García Vida. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:31:52

English language broadcast - Spanish music: the pasodoble - 04/10/18

10/4/2018
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The pasodoble, originally for military marches, is a quintessentially Spanish music, though it originated in France. Long associated with the bullfight, the pasodoble is also a dance and a song. Today's program includes a sampling of a few different kinds. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:32:59

English language broadcast - Manuel de Falla - 02/10/18

10/2/2018
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Today's presented musical selection features Falla's Mazurka in C-minor, for piano, performed by Javier Perianes. Then Nights in the Gardens of Spain, which Falla composed between 1909 and 1916, here performed by the RTVE Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique García Asensio, with Rosa Sabater on piano. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:33:38

English language broadcast - The International Institute: a tour - 24/09/18

9/22/2018
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Today's program continues the history of the International Institute in Madrid, this time on a tour with artist Nicholas Calloway who teaches a course at the Institute entitled "If These Walls Could Talk". Thanks to Mr. Calloway and his continuing research into the provinance, uses and fate of the materials and spaces in the buildings occupied by the students, professors and guests at the Residencia de Señoritas and the International Institute for Girls in Spain, new life is given a history...

Duration:00:35:15

English language broadcast - The International Institute: progressive education in the US and Spain - 21/09/18

9/21/2018
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The International Institute of Madrid has recently celebrated the 125th anniversary of its incorporation in Massachusetts, "for the purpose of establishing and maintaining an institution for the education of girls in Spain." The Institute's history reflects the development of feminism and progressive education both in the US, where its founders and teachers emerged from the women's universities, and in Spain, where the Institución libre de enseñanza and its offshoots proved to be key...

Duration:00:31:41

English language broadcast - Zarzuela preludes & intermezzos - 18/09/18

9/18/2018
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Today's program offers a selection of orchestral preludes and intermezzos from some of Spain's most popular Zarzuelas. From works by composers Ruperto Chapí, Tomás Bretón, Gerónimo Giménez, and Federico Chueca. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:33:45

English language broadcast - Expulsion from Triana - 13/09/18

9/13/2018
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In his documentary, Triana, pura y pura, Ricardo Pachón references a largely ignored historical event: from the 1950's through the early 60's, the residents of Triana, an ancient suburb of Seville that by the 15th century was inhabited by the descendants of Andalusia's Jews and Moslems - conversos and moriscos - as well as working class Christians and the newly arrived Gypsies. found themselves evicted from their homes and dispersed. The expulsion represents another social and cultural...

Duration:00:32:38

English Language Broadcast - The Other 9/11 : Military Coup in Chile - 11/09/18

9/11/2018
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Today's program features a special report on the 45th anniversary of the military coup d'etat in Chile, written and presented by RNE colleague Carmen Buergo. That's followed by a presenation of songs by Chilean Singer songwriter Victor Jara, victim of the brutal coup and dictatorship. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:31:16

English Language Broadcast - Catalonia - 06/09/18

9/6/2018
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In today's program we take a look at the crisis in Catalonia, where the regional government and half the population continues their bid toward independence from Spain. The "symptom" of the symbolic yellow ribbons, put up and taken down; the on-going talks between the fragile Sánchez government in Madrid and the separatist Catalan President Quim Torra; a review of some of the troubles in the Madrid-Barcelona relationship and a view of the breakdown of democratic process in the Catalan...

Duration:00:30:11

English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 04/09/18

9/4/2018
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Today's program takes a look at current events around the world. These include: the destruction of Brazil's National history and arqueology museum in a fire, the electoral court ruling that bans the country's most popular politician and former President Lula da Silva from running in the October polls as well as updates on the war in Syria, the protests in Iraq, where the Parliament has met for the first time since the May elections, and news from Somalia, where at least seven people were...

Duration:00:33:26

English Language Broadcast - Flamenco fusions & uniquely Spanish pop - 31/08/18

8/31/2018
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Music producer, scriptwriter and documentary film-maker, Ricardo Pachón knows and respects flamenco's traditions. His personal sound and image archives reflect more than half a century of dedication to preserving those traditions. At the same time, from the late sixties on, Pachón produced the music that would revolutionize Spanish pop. Gypsy musicians from Andalusia's flamenco tradition, Manuel Molina, Lole y Manuel, Rafael and Raimundo Amador, and the great cantaor Camarón de la Isla,...

Duration:00:34:03

English Language Broadcast - Panorama - 28/08/18

8/28/2018
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Today's program includes up-dates on Spanish news and reports on the wars in Syria and Yemen, as well as Iran's suit against the US at the International Court of Justice. That is followed by a selection of songs by Spanish musicians performing this week in Madrid: Fredi Leis, Chano Domínguez and Diego el Cigala. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:32:02

English language broadcast - Mario Mariani - 01/08/18

8/1/2018
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This summer, Italian pianist, composer and iconoclast, Mario Mariani performed in Madrid as part of the Suono Italiano festival organized by the Italian Institute. Mario Mariani played his Rossini Variations, also the theme of his fourth and latest CD, and spoke with us about his innovative approach to piano and music in general. Escuchar audio

Duration:00:33:47

English language broadcast - Panorama & Pablo Alborán - 31/07/18

7/31/2018
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Today's program includes reports on news of terrorist attacks and the fighting in Syria as well as on-going negotiations between the government and the Syrian Kurdish forces, the situation in Morocco where more than fifty activists from Rif remain in prison for protesting social inequality and demanding a hospital and school for their región, also on the latest fisheries accord between the EU and Morocco, and more. That's followed by songs from Pablo Alborán who is on tour this summer...

Duration:00:31:32

English language broadcast - Exile, writer, soldier, spy: Jorge Semprún - 28/07/18

7/30/2018
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In today's program I speak with Prof. Soledad Fox Maura, author of several books, including the biography of Constancia de la Mora, and most recently: Jorge Semprún, Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy. A professor of Spanish Literature at Williams College in the United States, Soledad Fox Maura dedicated seven years to researching the life of this fascinating figure before the book was published in Spanish and recently in English. The Spanish Civil War caught Jorge Semprun at the age of 13, when he...

Duration:00:31:33

English language broadcast - Franco's Tomb & Historical Memory - 21/07/18

7/21/2018
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In today's program we look at the controversy surrounding the monument of the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid, where the remains of General Francisco Franco and José Antonio Primo de Rivera are buried, along with nearly 34 thousand other Spaniards, a good portion of them without the knowledge or permission of their families, because their bodies were never identified, making the monument the largest mass grave in Spain. We look at the present, with its various interpretations of the...

Duration:00:40:08