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Spanish-American Songs: Works of Rodolfo Halffter, Ponce, Mompou et al. / Jessica Rivera, soprano; Mark Carver, piano

Notes & Reviews:

When listening to the music and poems in this delightfully curated collection, two ideas seem to run through the songs, sleep, dreaming and nostalgia. These ideas are portrayed in different styles and languages exquisitely narrated by Jessica Rivera and flawlessly accompanied by Mark Carver. The collection travels between Spain and Latin America and includes The song cycle Marinero en Tierra by Rodolfo Halffter (Spain-Mexico), Combat del somni by Frederic Mompou (Catalonia), Cinco canciones de niños by Silvestre Revueltas (Mexico), Dos canciones mexicanas by Manuel M. Ponce (Mexico), Por el valle de rosas by Miguel Bernal Jiménez (Mexico), Tres canciones sobre poemas de Lorca by Salvador Moreno (Mexico), Arrullo by Blas Galindo (Mexico), Las horas de una estancia by Alberto Ginastera (Argentina) y Dos canciones by Félix Mata (Costa Rica) The combined musical intelligence and technical proficiency of Jessica and Mark make of these performances a new reference for each and everyone of the works in this collection. This recording will reveal the treasure that is this repertoire to a new generation of music lovers, at a historical moment when there is a renewed global interest for the culture of Spain and Latin America.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
I enjoyed this program, a nice mix of familiar composers and a few gems that were new to me. I didn't know the music of Spanish composer Rodolfo Halffter (1900-87), whose brother and nephew were also composers, but I'm glad to now. The cycle Marinero en Tierra reminded me of the Falla Siete Canciones Populares, songs I've heard a lot recently, and so it was nice to hear something new. The Halffter songs are unmistakably Spanish, with familiar turns and phrasing, but sound fresh. Rivera really shines is in the delicately introspective Catalan songs by Mompou. The music is gentle and haunting, and Rivera and Carver perform with sensitivity. A terrific program - great performances of interesting music.


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