Mi Sueño

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
"My Dream" is the title of the Buena Vista Social Club crooner's posthumously released final album, and it refers to Ferrer's abiding wish to record a set of boleros, a style for which his high tenor was long deemed unsuitable. Packed with swooning romantic material from Cuba's star-struck pre-revolutionary years, it's a wish come true for the the singer, who passed away in August of 2005, and for fans. While vocal brawn may have been fashionable for bolero singers, Ferrer proves that his vocal dexterity is of far greater worth. Of special note is his duet with Omara Portuondo on the warhorse "Quizás Quizás Quizás," given a delicate reading underscored by the advanced ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
"My Dream" is the title of the Buena Vista Social Club crooner's posthumously released final album, and it refers to Ferrer's abiding wish to record a set of boleros, a style for which his high tenor was long deemed unsuitable. Packed with swooning romantic material from Cuba's star-struck pre-revolutionary years, it's a wish come true for the the singer, who passed away in August of 2005, and for fans. While vocal brawn may have been fashionable for bolero singers, Ferrer proves that his vocal dexterity is of far greater worth. Of special note is his duet with Omara Portuondo on the warhorse "Quizás Quizás Quizás," given a delicate reading underscored by the advanced years and fragile condition of the principals. Roberto Fonseca contributes searching piano and a producer's credit on this fine recording, and Buena Vista compatriots Cachaito López (on bass), Guajiro Mirabal (trumpet), and the late Ruben Gonzalez (piano) lend a hand. It does Ferrer's memory more than proud.
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The success of the Buena Vista Social Club series gave Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer the chance to finally begin his dream project in 2005, the recording of an entire album of bolero pieces, the musical form Ferrer loved above all others. Unfortunately the 78-year-old singer died in August of that year while sessions for the project were still underway, and that Mi Sueño (My Dream) exists at all is in itself a small miracle. Ferrer left behind high-quality vocal demos of the boleros he still intended to record for the album, but these tapes were apparently misplaced and Ferrer's dream seemed destined to go unfulfilled. The demos were eventually recovered, and Mi Sueño has finally seen the light of day. It is the perfect goodbye from Ferrer, a fitting and beautiful last testament that spotlights his easy and smoky vocals over subtle, non-intrusive arrangements generally featuring pianist Roberto Fonseca, guitarist Manuel Galbon, and bassist Cachito Lopez. The late Rubén González adds piano to the beautiful "Melodía del Río," a track produced by Ry Cooder in 1998 that fits seamlessly with the newer recordings. Javier Zalbar's clarinet lines add perfect lift to "Copla Guajira," the closest thing to an up-tempo piece here, but then the romantic lilt of the classic Cuban bolero isn't about speed and energy but is instead about an elegant gliding through the motions of love, and Ferrer does it perfectly. He would have been proud of this album. It has a calm and measured grace, and flows like a watery sequence from a dream -- Ibrahim Ferrer's dream, to be exact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597998672
  • Catalog Number: 139068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dos Almas (4:05)
  2. 2 Si Te Contara (3:20)
  3. 3 Melodía del Río (2:50)
  4. 4 Cada Noche un Amor (3:20)
  5. 5 Deuda (4:23)
  6. 6 Uno (4:19)
  7. 7 Convergencia (3:47)
  8. 8 Quiéreme Mucho (5:12)
  9. 9 Perfidia (4:08)
  10. 10 Copla Guajira (3:39)
  11. 11 Quizás, Quizás (4:03)
  12. 12 Alma Libre (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ibrahim Ferrer Primary Artist, Vocals
Omara Portuondo Vocals
Joachim Cooder Drums
Rubén González Piano
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez Bass
Alberto Valdés Maracas
Roberto García Bongos
Amadito Valdés Timbales
Manuel Galbán Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roberto Fonseca Piano, Musical Direction
Augusto Diago Violin
Emilio DelMonte Jr. Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Maracas
José G. Marón Viola
Chicoy "El Rey" Acoustic Guitar
Ramsés Rodríguez Drums
Ariel Sarduy Violin
Mirta Baptista Harp
Anres Coya Maracas
Javier Zalbar Clarinet
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Producer
Gonzalo Roig Composer
Jerry Boys Engineer, Mastering
Nick Gold Producer
Marcelino Guerra Composer
Tom Leader Mastering
Mariano Mores Composer
Juan Bruno Tarraza Composer
Luis Marquetti Composer
Félix Reina Composer
Youri Lenquette Cover Photo
Orestes Aguila Engineer
Roberto Fonseca Producer
Zita M. "Toti" Morriña Administration, Lyric Transcription
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