Having read some of the fantastic reviewss this new CD has been receiving in the international record magazines (Gramophone, International Record Review and others) I wanted to hear for myself, as I have long loved the music of Lecuona. The big and wonderful surprise was to confirm these great reviews, that this is nindeed the best Lecuona CD I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. First of all, the songs are exquisite. The poems for most of them are simplistic (except for the final song of the CD), and all deal with the same love theme.Unlike tango lyrics, these ballads have no complicated affairs or tragedies to report, mostly feelings of love. But there are many subtleties, in bothe the music and the lyrics, and thanks to these great performances, each hearing brings something new to the listener.
Carole Farley is one of the top opera soingers in the opeta stages of the world, so to have her do these songs is real luxury. Her sweet, beautiful soprano voice, is perfect for Lecuona. No trace here of her operatic background. She has managed to down-size her voice to fit each song. The pianist is exemplary. He has captured the improvisatory quality of Lecuona, and provides just the right kind of support. A great, memorable recording in every respect. The poems apper translated in several languages, and the liner notes are quite helpful in understanding the composer's career and process.