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One could be forgiven for thinking this is a two-disc set; in fact, its heftis due to the inclusion of a substantial, lavish booklet.

Collard announces himself as heir to the crown of Alicia de Larrocha, whose recordings of Goyescas are the benchmarks for this repertoire. Collard brings flamboyance to the climax of ‘Los requiebros’, his ‘Coloquio en la reja’ is a shimmering study in lustrous beauty and ‘El fandango de candil’ flickers in the imagined candlelight of its title. The near-Impressionism of ‘Quejas’ is magnificent, as is the breadth of the ballad. A phenomenal recording, strongly recommended.

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