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Asturiana: Songs from Spain and Argentina

Album Summary

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares espanolas (7)
>Granados, Enrique : Coleccion de tonadillas
>Guastavino, Carlos : La rosa y el sauce
>Ginastera, Alberto : Canciones (5) populares argentinas, Op. 10
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Canciones negras (5)
>Guastavino, Carlos : Se equivocó la paloma
>Guastavino, Carlos : Abismo de sed
>Guastavino, Carlos : Pampamapa
>Guastavino, Carlos : Bonita rama de sauce
>Lopez-Buchardo, Carlos : Prendiditos de la Mano for voice & piano
>Lopez-Buchardo, Carlos : Oye mi llanto, huaynu for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

A melodious and atmospheric collection of songs without words, Asturiana - Songs from Spain and Argentina offers a fascinating overview of different idioms in Spanish and Argentine songs from early 20th century composers such as De Falla, Granados, Ginastera, Gustavino, Montsalvatge and others. Kim Kashkashian's and Robert Levin's duo, dating back to the mid-seventies, is a rare phenomenon of true musical partnership. The difference of their two musical approaches - Kashkashian's lyricism and love for the melodic line combined with Levin's strong interest in structure and stylistic considerations - is a main reason that this collaboration has been so fruitful. In fact, Asturiana demonstrates an extraordinary degree of freedom and flexibility, both rhythmically and sonically.

Gramophone Magazine
The performances deceive the ear into thinking these idiomatic arrangements are instrumental originals.

BBC Music Magazine
...It looks like a standard song recital, yet it's played on the viola. ... the opening excerpt from Falla's Seven Popular Songs... turns up later in its usual context to hypnotic effect: slower than would be singable, and so contemplative that it sounds like Arvo Pärt. The sense of concentration, with minute inflections of line and timbre in which the pianist is caught up too, continues into the ensuing Granados set.



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>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Asturiana
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Colección de tonadillas
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Colección de tonadillas
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Colección de tonadillas
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Colección de tonadillas
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1910-1911
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guastavino, Carlos : La rosa y el sauce
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ginastera, Alberto : Canciones (5) populares argentinas, Op. 10 :: Triste
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Canciones negras (5) :: no 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Ninghe, nin
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Canciones negras (5) :: no 3, Chévere
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Canciones negras (5) :: no 1, Cuba Dentro de un Piano
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: Spain.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : Canciones negras (5) :: no 2, Punto de Habanera
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: El paño moruno
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Seguidilla murciana
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Asturiana
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Jota
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Nana
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Canción
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Canciones populares españolas (7) :: Polo
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ginastera, Alberto : Canciones (5) populares argentinas, Op. 10 :: Triste
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guastavino, Carlos : Se equivocó la paloma
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guastavino, Carlos : Abismo de sed
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guastavino, Carlos : Pampamapa
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guastavino, Carlos : Bonita rama de sauce
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Guastavino, Carlos : La rosa y el sauce
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Carlos López-Buchardo (1881 - 1948) : Prendiditos de la Mano for voice & piano
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Carlos López-Buchardo (1881 - 1948) : Oye mi llanto, huaynu for voice & piano
  • Performers: Kim Kashkashian (Viola); Robert Levin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio