Ay que sí!

Ay que sí!

by Suzie LeBlanc
     
 
Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc has done quite a bit of recording in the years leading up to this release with Les Voix Humaines, Ay que sí, particularly with Canadian label Atma Classique. You wouldn't know it by the raves about these albums in Gramophone, because it seems as though that most esteemed of classical publications

Overview

Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc has done quite a bit of recording in the years leading up to this release with Les Voix Humaines, Ay que sí, particularly with Canadian label Atma Classique. You wouldn't know it by the raves about these albums in Gramophone, because it seems as though that most esteemed of classical publications isn't really paying attention to LeBlanc. A pity, but it's their loss, as if Ay que sí is any indication of what the rest of her 20 or so Atma Classique recordings are like, they must be a treasure trove indeed, as this album is just about perfect. This is a recital of early Baroque Spanish vocal music, a genre so readily identified with Jordi Savall and his wife Montserrat Figueras that one might assume that nothing could be in their class. Think again -- the purity of LeBlanc's voice floats effortlessly over the sensitively stated, yet rhythmically propelling accompaniment of Stephen Stubbs' Baroque guitar, Susie Napper and Margaret Little's viols, Maxine Eilander's Spanish harp, and Rafik Samman's quiet, tastefully applied percussion. The program is also wisely laid out, as there are liberal instrumental interjections from Les Voix Humaines so that Ay que sí doesn't get stuck too long in one groove. This sense of varying the instrumental texture also applies well to the accompaniments played behind LeBlanc. The 28-page booklet offers informative and useful notes that are laid out in an attractive and non-fussy way; important as these composers -- José Marín, Manuel Machado, and Juan Hidalgo -- are hardly household names, with only Diego Ortiz and Gaspar Sanz being reasonably familiar from their instrumental works. We also get artist biographies and the song texts in three languages, formatted in an easy-to-follow manner that does not strain the eyes or create confusion. In other words, with Ay que sí, Atma Classique got it right. Ay que sí is a disc that one will want to put on repeat and let the thing play all day long. Atma Classique's recording is loud and clear, with just the right amount of reverb so that these quiet Baroque instruments don't get lost in the "hall." Amazing!

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
Label:
Atma Classique
UPC:
0722056224420
catalogNumber:
22244
Rank:
227869

Tracks

  1. Dos estrellas le siguen, coplas a 4  - Manuel Machado  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  2. Mi señora Mariantaños, for voice & guitar (continuo)  - José Marín  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Rafik Samman  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  3. Ojos pues me desdeñais, for voice & guitar (continuo)  - José Marín  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé
  4. Buena vista (Chan Chan)  - Francisco Repilado  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Rafik Samman  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  5. En los floridos páramos  - Juan Hidalgo  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Margaret Little  - Rafik Samman  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  6. Españoleta  - Diego Fernández de Huete  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  7. Niña como en tus mudanças, for voice & guitar (continuo)  - José Marín  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Susan Napper  - Rafik Samman  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  8. Recercada No. 2 (Tratado de Glosas)  - Diego Ortiz  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  9. ¡Ay, que sí, ay, que no!, tono  - Juan Hidalgo  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  10. Guardame las vacas  - Diego Fernández de Huete  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  11. Aquella sierra nevada, for voice & guitar (or continuo)  - José Marín  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  12. No piense menguilla ya, for voice & guitar (or continuo)  - José Marín  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Margaret Little  - Rafik Samman  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  13. Marionas for guitar  - Francisco Guerau  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  14. Esperar, sentir, morir  - Juan Hidalgo  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  15. Pavanas for guitar  - Gaspar Sanz  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé
  16. Turvéme Çelinda hermosa  - José Marín  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  17. Españoleta  - Francisco Guerau  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander
  18. Un Sarao de la Chacona  - Juan Arañés  - Suzie LeBlanc  - Les Voix Humaines  - Margaret Little  - Susan Napper  - Rafik Samman  - Stephen Stubbs  - Diane Lagacé  - Maxine Eilander

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