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Fete-Dieu a Seville (Feast Day in Seville)

(Isaac Albeniz)

This work, written in 1906 by Isaac Albeniz, is one of the 12 pieces that make up the four books of the suite Iberia.  It appears as the third entry in Book 1 and depicts a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Seville.  Throughout the piece the music builds up with a “fiery emotion”  but finishes with the sound of bells which gives the impression of the religious side following the great celebration.   It was famously transcribed by Leopold Stokowski and that transcription has since been recorded by other conductors and orchestras, including Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops.  The name “El Corpus en Sevilla” (Corpus Christi in Seville) has also been used for this piece.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra recordings
RCA 09026 62586 – 2 (CD: Spain)
ConductorFritz Reiner

Cincinnati Pops recordings
Telarc 80129 (CD: The Stokowski Sound)
Conductor – Erich Kunzel

Dallas Wind Symphony recordings
Feast Day in Seville ,
Reference Recordings RR-52CD (CD: Trittico)
Conductor – Frederick Fennell

Moscow Symphony Orchestra recordings
El Corpus en Seville
Naxos 8.553023 (CD: Iberia)
Conductor – Igor Golovchin