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Lost Days: Music in the Latin Style
     

The Lost Days: Music in the Latin Style

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by Denyce Graves
 
Although much of the music on The Lost Days has roots in popular Latin American forms, Denyce Graves does not try to affect a pop style: Graves is an opera singer, and she sings everything here in her own inimitable voice. The accompanying artists are a virtual who's who of Latin talent -- including the Cuban jazz pianist

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Although much of the music on The Lost Days has roots in popular Latin American forms, Denyce Graves does not try to affect a pop style: Graves is an opera singer, and she sings everything here in her own inimitable voice. The accompanying artists are a virtual who's who of Latin talent -- including the Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdez, the Cuban pianist/composer José Maria Vitier, the Brazilian-born composer/pianist Eliane Elias, and the Argentinian pianist Pablo Ziegler (who played for many years for the great tanguero Astor Piazzolla). Graves's mellow, velvety mezzo-soprano voice soars in sinuous arcs, creating an unusual but captivating mix with the spicy, authentic flavor of the instruments. The program is similarly mixed, with classical songs (by the Argentinian composer Carlos Guastavino and the great Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos), tango-inflected songs by Piazzolla, and music by Vitier and Elias. The overall atmosphere is reflective and nostalgic, though there is certainly enough variety of style and mood here to keep the ear entranced. Sultry and sexy yet unfailingly elegant, this may be Graves's best disc yet.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Andrew Lamb
This seems to me an unusually successful example of a crossover CD, with Denyce Graves applying the sultry mezzo of a Carmen to songs that demand precisely that Latin heat and passion.... An altogether beguiling collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266372621
catalogNumber:
63726

Tracks

  1. Yo soy María, tango song (from operetta, María de Buenos Aires)  (03:42)
  2. Soledad  (05:15)
  3. Los pajaros perdidos, tango song  (03:44)
  4. Haabiá-Tupi  (05:00)
  5. Plancha  (04:06)
  6. Al alba, el basque  (06:54)
  7. Canção do poeta do século XVIII, for voice & piano, A. 486  (03:32)
  8. Los días perdidos  (02:47)
  9. Habanera de Lorraine, for voice & piano  (04:26)
  10. Estrela e Lua Nova, fetichista for voice & piano (Cançoes típicas No. 4), A. 159/4  (02:38)
  11. Plomada  (02:55)
  12. Milonga sin palabras, for bandoneón & piano  (06:17)
  13. Romanza de Denyce, for voice & piano  (02:29)
  14. Te vas de mí  (04:24)

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dont let the first review by the so called "professional musician" discourage you. This is a wonderful album! Denyce's voice has so much warmth and color and she always brings such life to the music she sings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Too much vibrato, bad pitch accuracy. Her style is too legato for the rhythmic energy that is required of this genre of music. How disappointing! No character!