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Isabel Leonard | Sharon Isbin - Alma Espanola is WFMT: Featured New Release

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ALMA ESPAÑOLA presents multiple GRAMMY Award winners Sharon Isbin and Argentinian-American Isabel Leonard in the first Spanish art song album with guitar of its kind in 40 years, including twelve world premiere recordings of arrangements by Isbin. Duos by Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla, Xavier Montsalvatge, Agustín Lara and Joaquín Rodrigo, with guitar solos by Granados and Tárrega, are heard in performances that evoke the rich and magnificent tradition of Spain. Leonard & Isbin have been appearing as a duo since 2014 in sold-out concerts across the country, including Washington DC's Kennedy Center and New York's Carnegie Hall. The Philadelphia Inquirer described their performance as "feasts of beautifully sculpted phrases…glimpses of heaven," the New York Times praised their "soulful depth" and the Washington Post their "impassioned performance ... captivating sense of drama."  The collaboration of Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin brings together one of today's brightest vocal stars, heard on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera and Paris Opera, with a guitar virtuoso acclaimed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time."

Isabel Leonard & Sharon Isbin: Alma Espanola on Bridge Records is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release' for JULY 30, 2017. Featured tracks are Granados: Andaluza (Spanish Dance No 5) (5:36) & Montsalvatge: Canto negro (1:37); Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (2:42)      Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano; Sharon Isbin, guitar