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Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Marcos Fink (baritone) & Carmen Piazzini (piano)
Accompanied by a noted specialist in Argentine piano music, brother and sister make a rare appearance together to honour a colourful musical heritage, the ‘chamber song’ born in Buenos Aires around 1900 and passed on from generation to generation right up to Guastavino and Astor Piazzolla. The subject here is love, love of a generous land, and memories: each song subtly distils a serene melancholy which has the flavour of life itself and the consciousness of the passage of time.
“As much as popular Latin American music, these songs burst with gorgeous, heartbreaking melodies… the music is a distinct development Spanish styles, almost larger than life as it responds to works that carry a powerful feeling for place as well as the tragic emotions of failed love. The singers, deftly accompanied by Carmen Piazzini and warmly recorded, delivery with refinement and passion.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 *****
BBC Music Magazine
Choral & Song Choice - May 2006
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Guastavino: Argentinian Melodies
Guastavino is one of Argentina’s major composers. He created an attractive national music using folk elements and a language firmly rooted in Romanticism. This collection includes his Clarinet Sonata, piano solos, as well as transcriptions of some of the maestro’s loveliest songs for clarinet. Héau is an important figure in the French clarinet school, performing as a soloist as well as giving master classes.
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Canciones de Carlos Guastavino
Dalton Baldwin (piano), Desiree Halac (mezzo-soprano)
Argentinian-born Désirée Halac presents a beautifully performed recital of songs by Carlos Guastavino. The obituary written for The Guardian called Guastavino the most quietly distinctive voice in 20th century Argentinian music. His distillation of local folk elements into an avowedly romantic-nationalist idiom was unique and markedly different from his colleagues. Guastavino wrote some 300 works, more than half of them the delightful songs, often winsome or tinged with sadness, on which his reputation rests.
“Guastavino surely deserves greater recognition in North America. His easily accessible music bridges the gap between the...populism of Astor Piazzolla and the austere academicism of Alberto Ginastera. ...Ms. Halac...is so assured, so comfortable in her delivery...that one wonders why we have never heard her on record before” American Record Guide
“Halac sounds at home in this music and never tries to overplay its fragile charms. ...This is a lovely recital and I hope it makes both the music of Carlos Guastavino and the voice of Desirée Halac better known.” MusicWeb International
Guastavino - The Complete Piano Music
Carlos Guastavino was born in Santa Fe Province, Argentina. He studied music in Santa Fe with Esperanza Lothringer and Dominga Iaffei, and in Buenos Aires with Athos Palma. A talented pianist, he performed his piano works in London in 1947, 1948, and 1949, invited by the BBC, and as a recipient of a scholarship from the British Council. One of the foremost Argentine composers of the 20th century, his production amounted to over 200 works, most of them songs for piano and voice. His style was quite conservative, always tonal and lusciously romantic. His compositions were clearly influenced by Argentine folk music.
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