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Posted October 1, 2010
Sharon Isbin, Lady of the Guitar, has struck again with a magnificent recording, with the NY Philharmonic, of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and two charming concerti by Villa-Lobos and Ponce. In the famous second movement of the Concierto Aranjuez, (my favorite movement) one can hear slow clouds of notes pour out of Isbin’s strings like tears torn from the past. Each note conveys a distinct emotion –pain, longing, love, lost, melancholy– while the New York Philharmonic orchestra carries a heavy thunder-like moaning, as if mourning the fanfare of the first movement and longing for the playful third movement. Isbin’s playing is lyrical, flawless. After Aranjuez, Isbin plays Villa-Lobo’s Concerto for Guitar with sophisticated simplicity. Her virtuoso technique produces enchanting rhythmic nuances and colors. This historic recording – first recording of the New York Philharmonic with a solo guitarist – ends with Ponce’s Concierto del Sur. This concerto is a festive Latin piece with a windblown-like cadenza which Isbin interprets with unparalleled charisma. The Grammy winner brings out the zesty romantic flavor of the concerto in a flirtatious dialogue with the orchestra. Isbin delivers one sculpted passionate phrase after the next. The guitar is a “very intimate instrument”( S.I) , and Isbin has forged the most symbiotic relationship ever built between the breathing wood and a beating heart. The result is beautiful music to be enjoyed in any occasion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.