Home » Stories » Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin illuminate Spanish art songs on Alma Espanola / GRAMOPHONE

Top 10 for Dec

Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin illuminate Spanish art songs on Alma Espanola / GRAMOPHONE

Bookmark and Share

Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin illuminate Spanish art songs in orbit around Lorca and Falla by mixing popular favourites and surprising discoveries with two jewelled pieces for solo guitar. In each of the nine Lorca songs, reflecting the poet/composer's commitment to speaking with the voices and instruments of the people, Leonard and Isbin find and intensify their individual message. At the end of ‘Los mozos de Monleón', a six-minute narrative with spoken voice and recitative about a dead bullfighter and his widowed mother, the silence in the final bar is thunderous. Leonard and Isbin swing with infectious enthusiasm into the concluding ‘Sevillanas del siglo XVIII'. The Falla is equally fine if less theatrical in its impact.

READ THE FULL GRAMOPHONE REVIEW