Manuel de Falla is arguably the most authentic Spanish composer of the 20th century. More then his compatriots Albeniz and Granados he captured the raw spirit of the Spanish folk music. His imitation of the Flamenco “Canto Jondo” hurts the soul, in its open violence ánd tenderness.
De Falla was an excellent pianist and no wonder he wrote extensively for his instrument. His piano writing is full of colouristic effects, highly suggestive in evoking the athmosphere of the Spanish landscape. Folklore Pianist Benita Meshulam, of Sephardic descent, is specialized in Spanish music, and recorded successfully works of Granados, Albeniz and Montsalvatge.