Asturiana: Songs from Spain and Argentina

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
These soulful Spanish and Argentinean songs arranged by violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin are well suited to their expressive and expansive playing. Most of the songs, ranging from works by Granados, de Falla, and Montsalvatge to early Ginastera, are written in a late romantic to early modern idiom, and many incorporate a strong folk element. The selections include rowdy, rhythmically charged dance-like songs, tender lullabies, and many flavors of love songs, from the exultant to the despairing. In addition to the better-known composers, Argentineans Carlos Guastavino and Carlos López-Buchardo make extraordinarily fine contributions. The choices of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
These soulful Spanish and Argentinean songs arranged by violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin are well suited to their expressive and expansive playing. Most of the songs, ranging from works by Granados, de Falla, and Montsalvatge to early Ginastera, are written in a late romantic to early modern idiom, and many incorporate a strong folk element. The selections include rowdy, rhythmically charged dance-like songs, tender lullabies, and many flavors of love songs, from the exultant to the despairing. In addition to the better-known composers, Argentineans Carlos Guastavino and Carlos López-Buchardo make extraordinarily fine contributions. The choices of repertoire are excellent; each one of these songs is a jewel, and the ordering of the selections artful, including the surprisingly effective repetition of two songs at different points in the program. The transcriptions are inventive and imaginative, with the vocal lines idiomatically adapted for the viola's expressive capabilities. Kashkashian is a remarkable violist who brings vibrancy to everything she plays, and these relatively straightforward songs are no exception. Her warm, throaty tone and the nuanced, colorful inflections of her playing accentuate the vocal origins of the pieces. With his springy and languid rhythmic energy, Robert Levin is an equal partner in making the performances sparkle with passion. ECM's well-balanced sound has a little ambient noise, which is unusual for the label's scrupulous engineers, but it's not enough to be bothersome.
Gramophone - Guy Rickards
This excellently recorded recital makes a very pleasant way to while away an hour.
The New Yorker - Russell Platt
Kashkashian’s phrasings are both fervent and detailed, and Levin’s playing is limpid and assured.
The New Yorker - Russell Platt
Kashkashian’s phrasings are both fervent and detailed, and Levin’s playing is limpid and assured.
Detroit Free Press - Mark Stryker
These are special performances, with Kashkashian’s burnished tone, judicious vibrato and subtle phrasing creating an intimate and conversational voice and Levin’s piano deepening the impact.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
1/2 [An] extremely attractive collection.... This is a true classical feel-good disc that doesn't make you feel stupid afterwards.
Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
Their best disc yet... Even shorn of their words, it's hard to imagine these songs having more lyrical color, rhythmic spice or sensual intimacy.... One of the year's most irresistible releases.
Audiophile Audition - John Sunier
Everything about this collection puts it on a very high level and rates a top recommendation.

Kashkashian’s phrasings are both fervent and detailed, and Levin’s playing is limpid and assured.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 028947661498
  • Catalog Number: 000967902
  • Sales rank: 64,219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Asturiana - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (2:51)
  2. 2 El mirar de la maja, song for soprano & piano (Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, No. 6), H. 136/6 - Enriqué Granados & Kim Kashkashian (2:59)
  3. 3 El majo olvidado, song for baritone & piano (Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, No. 4), H. 136/4 - Enriqué Granados & Kim Kashkashian (3:19)
  4. 4 La maja dolorosa, 3 songs for soprano, English horn & piano (Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, No. 9), H. 136/9 - Enriqué Granados & Kim Kashkashian (3:26)
  5. 5 El majo discreto, song for soprano & piano (Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, No. 3), H. 136/3 - Enriqué Granados & Kim Kashkashian (1:26)
  6. 6 La Rosa y el sauce, for voice & piano - Francisco Silva y Valdes & Carlos Guastavino (2:20)
  7. 7 Argentinian Popular Songs (5), for voice and piano, Op. 10: Triste - Alberto Ginastera & Kim Kashkashian (3:44)
  8. 8 Canciones negras (5) for voice & piano: No. 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Ninghe, ninghe, ninghe) - Xavier Montsalvatge & Kim Kashkashian (2:54)
  9. 9 Canciones Negras (5) for voice & piano: No. 3, Chévere - Xavier Montsalvatge & Nicolas Guillen (2:03)
  10. 10 Canciones Negras (5) for voice & piano: No. 1, Cuba Dentro de un Piano - Xavier Montsalvatge & Rafael Alberti (4:44)
  11. 11 Canciones Negras (5) for voice & piano: No. 2, Punto de Habanera - Xavier Montsalvatge & Kim Kashkashian (1:13)
  12. 12 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: El paño moruno - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (2:26)
  13. 13 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Seguidilla murciana - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (1:15)
  14. 14 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Asturiana - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (2:42)
  15. 15 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Jota - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (2:44)
  16. 16 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Nana - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (2:37)
  17. 17 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Canción - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (1:36)
  18. 18 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Polo - Manuel de Falla & Kim Kashkashian (1:25)
  19. 19 Argentinian Popular Songs (5), for voice and piano, Op. 10: Triste - Alberto Ginastera & Kim Kashkashian (3:44)
  20. 20 Se equivocó la paloma, for voice & piano - Carlos Guastavino & Rafael Alberti (2:18)
  21. 21 Abismo de sed, for voice & piano (Zamba) - Carlos Guastavino & Kim Kashkashian (3:30)
  22. 22 Pampamapa (Aire de Huella), for voice & piano - Carlos Guastavino & Kim Kashkashian (4:16)
  23. 23 Bonita rama de sauce, song for voice & piano - Carlos Guastavino & Kim Kashkashian (3:42)
  24. 24 La Rosa y el sauce, for voice & piano - Francisco Silva y Valdes & Carlos Guastavino (2:20)
  25. 25 Prendiditos de la Mano for voice & piano - Carlos López-Buchardo & Kim Kashkashian (1:56)
  26. 26 Oye mi llanto, huaynu for voice & piano - Carlos López-Buchardo & Kim Kashkashian (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kim Kashkashian Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lovely. that is all that needs to be said regarding this cd. but,for those who like more information, i would say that this recording was a wonderful introduction to composers that i had never heard of before and a wonderful introduction to the music of Kim Kashkashian.

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