Pasión

Pasión

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by Luz Casal
     
 

A couple years after battling breast cancer and releasing an album inspired by the experience, Vida Tóxica (2007), Luz Casal unveiled La Pasión, an album of boleros that pays tribute to Latin American songwriters of the mid-20th century. From the 1940s up until the 1970s, a lot of Spanish artists fled the right-wing authoritarian regime of FranciscoSee more details below

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A couple years after battling breast cancer and releasing an album inspired by the experience, Vida Tóxica (2007), Luz Casal unveiled La Pasión, an album of boleros that pays tribute to Latin American songwriters of the mid-20th century. From the 1940s up until the 1970s, a lot of Spanish artists fled the right-wing authoritarian regime of Francisco Franco and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to Latin America. While not all of the songs featured on La Pasión are the work of Spanish refugees, they were all written during a period when Spaniards were coming in droves to countries like Argentina and Mexico, and these immigrants, many of them artists, brought their culture with them to the New World. Casal pays tribute to this era with La Pasión, an album of boleros written by René Touzet ("Con Mil Desengaños"), Maria Grever ("Alma Mia"), Eduardo Magallanes ("Historia de un Amor"), and others, many of whom are obscure. La Pasión was produced by Renaud Letang, a French hitmaker known for his work with Manu Chao, Alain Souchon, and Feist, among others, and the orchestral arrangements were conducted by Eumir Deodato, an industry stalwart who gives the album an air of majesty. Complementing the orchestral arrangements of Deodato are veteran percussionists Alex Acuña and Luis Conte, who supply the Latin rhythms that underscore these songs of romantic passion. The 11 songs of La Pasión are performed in a uniform style, and as all of the inclusions are classics to some degree, there isn't a dull moment on this album, which runs for less than 40 minutes. While it's difficult to single out particular highlights, given the consistent excellence of the album, there are a few songs that stand out, namely "Alma Mia," "Historia de un Amor," and "A Dónde Va Nuestro Amor." As for Casal herself, she sounds as divine as ever and fully at ease with these boleros. All things considered, La Pasión is such an impressive album release that one wishes Casal would release another in this style, a sequel perhaps.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
5099996870020
catalogNumber:
9687002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luz Casal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alex Acuña   Drums
Mark Berrow   Violin
John Bradbury   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Caroline Dale   Cello
George Doering   Guitar
Roger Garland   Violin
Dan Higgins   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Bill Liston   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Otmaro Ruíz   Piano
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Julian Leaper   Violin
Ray Yslas   Percussion
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Arturo Solar   Trumpet
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Rene Camacho   Double Bass
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Thomas Bowes   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
Gabrielle Lester   Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Jonathan Williams   Cello
Jonathan Rees   Violin
Katherine Gowers   Violin
Frank Shaefer   Cello

Technical Credits

René Touzet   Composer
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer
Renaud Letang   Producer,Engineer
Julito Rodriguez Reyes   Composer
Rosario Sansores   Composer
Carlos Eleta Almarán   Composer
Carlos Arturo Briz   Composer
Francisco Flores del Campo   Composer
María Elena Walsh   Composer
Evaldo Gouveia   Composer
Jean-Louis Duralek   Artwork
Thomas Moulin   Engineer
Maria Grever   Composer
Manuel "Wello Rivas" Rivas   Composer
Mario Molina Montes   Composer
Eumir Deodato   Arranger,String Conductor
Jesús Dávalos Magallanes   Composer
Eduardo Magallanes Calva   Composer
Carlos Enrique Brito Benavides   Composer
Jair Amorin   Composer
Xavier De Nauw   Adaptation

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