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Sharon Isbin makes fresh transcriptions for collaboration with Isabel Leonard, on Alma Espanola / Colorado Public Radio

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Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca trained on both piano and guitar, and considered a career as a musician before becoming a writer. Following his tragic death, his musical connections continued as composers dedicated pieces to his memory or based pieces on his words. Garcia Lorca also wrote a handful of pieces himself but they have survived only as recordings and in arrangements by others. Guitarist Sharon Isbin made fresh transcriptions of those pieces as the centerpiece for her collaboration with opera star Isabel Leonard. The music is delightful and often moving, thanks to Garcia Lorca's expressive poetry. The gentle intimacy between Isbin and Leonard is also very affecting, especially in Manuel de Falla's Seven Popular Spanish Songs.

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