Cantos y Danzas - Manuel Barrueco
“The music on this CD occupies a special place in my heart”, writes Manuel Barrueco, a Cuban by birth, but it traverses territory extending from Mexico to Argentina, and Cuba detains him (and us) for only one small item. No chauvinist he! Only one piece, the Dansa brasileira of Gnattali, is new to the
When Piazzolla is on the agenda he and Emmanuel Pahud become honorary Argentinians. Throughout, one is more aware of the diversity of national character in the music than of the identity of the performer, which is as it should be. Barbara Hendricks is more emotionally expressive than most in the “Aria” from the Bachianas brasileiras, but, a small point, at the end her bocca is less chiusa than that of Olga Coelho (for whom Villa-Lobos made the adaptation) and many others who have followed in her wake. In every good respect this is a superb recording, one to be acquired and treasured.'