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Sharon Isbin & Isabel Leonard@Zankel Hall / New York Classical Review

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At the intermission of Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin's recital in Zankel Hall on Thursday, one satisfied listener remarked, "This has been a really nice change of pace." He was right, in a sense. Spanish songs constitute a largely overlooked corner of the recital corpus these days, which is a shame given the richness and individuality of the repertoire. Rarer still is an opportunity these songs accompanied by guitar, due to the instrument's limited use in the concert-hall music of the Classical and Romantic periods. With such formidable proponents as Leonard and Isbin, one hopes that such recitals in the future will be less "change of pace" and more of a regular attraction.

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