Notes & Reviews:
Paco Pena embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. His latest work, Flamenco Requiem - A Requiem for the Earth, came about after many urged him to compose again for flamenco guitar, voice, and chorus. Despite the dark undercurrents of piece, Pena wanted to provide an element of hope - that not all is lost; and so he decided to use a children's choir, which, although singing the serious message of the text, contributes with their innocence a light of optimism towards the end of the piece. The final result is a stirring, unique, and strikingly relevant work.