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PIANO CUBANO

Ernesto LECUONA • Carlos FARIÑAS • Andrés ALÉN


  • Yamilé Cruz Montero, piano

Some of the finest, most stylistically diverse and exciting Cuban piano music can be heard on this recording. Ernesto Lecuona is one of the greatest of all Latin-American composers. Malagueña, from the Suite Andalucía, is considered the most powerful representation of Spain in Cuban music. Drawing on the Cuban genes of son and cancíon, the music of Carlos Fariñas radiates vivid colours, while that of Andrés Alén Rodríguez blends song, habanera and jazz influences.

Tracklist

Lecuona, Ernesto
 
Danzas Afro-Cubanas () (00:11:34 )
1
IV. Danza de los ñañigos (00:02:34)
2
III. …Y la negra bailaba! (00:02:24)
 
Andalucía, "Suite Espagnole" () (00:10:59 )
3
I. Córdoba (00:03:10)
4
II. Andaluza (00:02:33)
5
III. Alhambra (00:04:14)
6
IV. Gitanerías (00:01:48)
7
V. Guadalquivir (00:04:30)
8
VI. Malagueña (00:04:07)
Fariñas, Carlos
 
6 Sones sencillos (1964) (00:15:25 )
9
Son sencillo No. 1 (00:01:41)
10
Son sencillo No. 2 (00:01:56)
11
Son sencillo No. 3 (00:01:04)
12
Son sencillo No. 4 (00:02:34)
13
Son sencillo No. 5 (00:02:13)
14
Son sencillo No. 6 (00:03:34)
15
Son sencillo No. 7 (1998) (00:02:25)
16
Alta Gracia (1985) (00:08:14)
Alén, Andrés
17
Variations on Silvio Rodríguez's Theme (1999) (00:15:59)
18
Emiliano (2007) * (00:05:10)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:10:10

The Artist

Yamilé Cruz Montero (b. 1985, Havana) studied at the Manuel Saumell Conservatory, the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and at the Superior Institute of Art in Cuba. She was awarded the Master of Music degree by the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (University of Music and Performing Arts Munich), and a scholarship by the Richard Wagner Association Munich for young artists. She has received awards from the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory Competition in 2002, the María Clara Cullell International Piano Competition, Costa Rica in 2004, and the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists in 2010, among others. She made her début at 15 years old, subsequently performing in all the prestigious concert halls in Cuba. She was the first Cuban woman to perform the Third Piano Concerto of Prokofiev and has performed at major events and festivals in Havana. In addition to her European classical repertoire, Montero devotes herself particularly to Latin American composers, presenting new and unknown works. For more information, visit www.yamilecruzmontero.com.