CANTARES FOR SOPRANO AND GUITAR by Anna Bartos and Gregg Nestor. TownHall Records, recorded at The Place in New York City.
Five Centuries of Spanish and Latin American Songs including a Spanish cantata by G.F. Handel; Gerhard's Seven Spanish Folk Songs; Estrellita and Seis poemas arcaicos by Manuel Ponce; Columbian folk songs and Salvador Moreno's Four Aztec Songs, sung in Náhuatl.
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REVIEW: "Recitals of Spanish songs tend to offer the same items again and again, but this one is unusually adventurous. The Renaissance songs are austerely beautiful...I was moved especially by Ponce's Estrellita and Seis poemas arcaicos, and by the magically atmospheric Aztec songs by Moreno. Bartos sings with palpable affection and complete confidence, and is nimbly partnered by Nestor. Recommended to the curious." ____Fanfare
AIRES DEL ALMA by The Ensemble ALMA (NewYork City debut) recorded live at Merkin Concert Hall (unedited): Vocal and instrumental music from Spain and Latin America: Anna Bartos, Soprano/Director, Fabio Gardenal, Piano, Elena Yarritu, Flute, Virginia Luque, Guitar.
Works by Enrique Granados: Tonadillas and La maja y el ruiseñor; Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor-Villa-Lobos (arr. by Gregg Nestor); Sonata for Flute and Piano by Samuel Zyman; Cantos del Tucuman by Ginastera (arr. by Anna Bartos)
REVIEWS: "The unique thing about an ALMA concert is that you actually get five spectacular concerts in one. This is because each talented member of the quartet gets his or her moment to shine. Their music fills the concert hall with pulsing rhythms and lyrical melodies. You walk out into the night as satisfied as if you had just enjoyed a five-course dinner with fine wines." - ___Jimmy Roberts, New York City, Pianist/Composer: The Velveteen Rabbit, I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change,The Thing About Men.
"Each member of The Ensemble ALMA is a fine soloist, and together they make truly moving music. At their June 27th concert, they played pieces by Granados, Ginastera and Zyman, among others. Memorable moments kept coming throughout the concert. One of those favorite memories came when the captivated audience listened to stillness for moments after Anna Bartos sang the last note of the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa-Lobos. It was reminiscent of the Anna Moffo-Stowkowski recording of 1965." ___Stuart Rudin, New York City, Director/Actor
MOSTLY SPANISH by The Ensemble ALMA recorded live on AlmaGems at St. Peter's Church at Citigroup, New York City
Four centuries of music for voice, piano, flute and guitar: Songs by Juan del Encina, Eduardo Toldrá, Nieto y Giménez (zarzuela aria); William Flanagan, John Corigliano (Irish folk songs); piano works by Federico Mompou, Igor Stravinsky and Alberto Ginastera; guitar solo by F. Moreno Torroba.
REVIEW: "...wonderful music performed with imagination, respect and absolute integrity of artistic interaction. Toldrá's Maig is exquisite. Polaca is spectacular. The voice and flute combination in The Salley Gardens is heartbreakingly beautiful! Pianist Gardenal's rendition of the second Danza for piano by Ginastera moved me deeply, and I thoroughly enjoyed Me muero por tu amor by guitarist, Virginia Luque. I am also utterly enchanted with the voice of Anna Bartos." __ Professor Philip Krummrich, Chair, Dept. of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.
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Two CDs: $18
Three CDs: $22
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A new recording, When the Nightingale Sings..., by Anna Bartos, Soprano and Eric Sedgwick, Piano will be released in 2016-2017. It will offer the complete works for voice and piano by Granados including his two song cycles: La Colección de tonadillas, arranged for voice, piano and flute by Anna Bartos, Canciones amatorias, other songs in Spanish and Catalan, some of which have only been discovered in the last few years, i.e., L'ocell profeta, and selected piano solos. Listen to album selections below.
Fundraising has begun for When the Nightingale Sings..., since recording and production costs are quite high. Please consider making a contribution of any amount to this worthy 2-CD project. Kindly mail your check or money order to:
484 West 43rd Street, Suite 41E,
New York, NY 10036
Thank you for your generosity!
Gracia, mia from Canciones amatorios: Victoria de los Angeles, soprano
L'ocell profeta: Carmen Bustamante, soprano
• El pelele
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