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Lecuona - Piano Music and Selected Songs


6 CDs for the price of 3

Released in 1995 – the centenary of Ernesto Lecuona’s birth – the first instalment of Thomas Tirino’s pioneering survey of the composer’s piano music caused a sensation. All but forgotten (with notable exceptions such as Canto Siboney or Malagueña), these pieces exuded a charm and vitality which, combined with the highly idiomatic interpretations, enchanted audiences and critics alike and brought the disc onto Time Magazine’s list of the 10 best discs of the year. First impressions were confirmed by the following discs, which also gave further proof of the painstaking editorial care taken by Tirino himself in his efforts to discover the composer’s original thoughts beneath the encrustations of later arrangements. Fifty years after the death of Lecuona – often described as ‘the Cuban Gershwin’ – this box set provides a timely opportunity for a new generation to discover the qualities that made him a legend in his own time. For this purpose, Thomas Tirino’s five-disc series is complemented by soprano Carole Farley’s selection of some of her favourite Lecuona songs, including Always in My Heart (Siempre en mi corazón) and La comparsa – an album originally released in 2003, and described as ‘a real gem of a disc!’ in Gramophone, where it was named an ‘Editor’s Choice’.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Ernesto Lecuona
01 Rapsodia Negra for piano and Orchestra 10'32
 
  Andalucía (Suite Española) 19'39
02 Córdoba 3'34
03 Andaluza 2'14
04 Alhambra 4'19
05 Gitanerías 1'42
06 Guadalquivír 4'02
07 Malagueña 3'48
 
08 Ante El Escorial 4'37
 
09 Zambra Gitana 3'01
 
10 Aragonesa 3'48
 
11 Granada 3'04
 
12 Zambra 2'07
 
13 San Francisco El Grande 5'01
 
14 Aragón (Vals España) 3'18
 
15 Preludio en la Noche 2'34
 
16 La Habanera 2'47
 
17 Mazurka en Glissando 1'43
 
18 Canto del Guajiro 2'18
 
  Three Miniatures 4'34
19 Bellflower 1'46
20 Music Box 1'19
21 Polchinella 1'29
 
22 Canto Siboney 2'49
 
23 Noche Azul 3'40
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Ernesto Lecuona
01 Rapsodia Argentina for piano and Orchestra (1937) 10'45
 
  Diary of a Child (Diario de un niño - Estampas Infantiles) 9'25
02 Good Morning (Buenos días) 1'30
03 The Puppet´s Dance (El baile de la muñeca) 1'42
04 Merry-Go-Round (Carrusel) 1'16
05 The Moon Lights Up (Canción de luna) 3'11
06 The Dolls Have a Party (Bacanal de muñecos) 1'46
 
07 Adiós a las Trincheras (One-Step) 1'04
 
08 Cuba and America (March and Two-Step) 2'13
 
09 Black Cat (One-Step) 1'03
 
10 Cuba at Arms (One-Step) 1'39
 
11 Crisantemo 5'08
 
12 Vals Del Sena 2'21
 
13 Locura 4'31
 
14 Barba-Azul 1'00
 
15 Vals de los Mares 2'48
 
16 Ojos Triunfadores 3'27
 
17 Bésame 1'41
 
18 Soñaba Contigo 1'21
 
19 Voilà 2'24
 
  Suite from El Sombrero de Yarey 12'32
20 Prelude. Allegro moderato 0'52
21 Allegro non troppo - Allegro - Moderato 5'20
22 Allegretto 1'48
23 Moderato 2'49
24 Danza. Allegro 1'43
 
25 Quasi Bolero 1'23
 
26 Dame de tus Rosas (Two Hearts that Pass in the Night) 4'10
 
 
Disc 3
 
  Ernesto Lecuona
01 Rapsodia Cubana (on Cuban Airs) (1955) for Piano and Orchestra 8'13
 
  Danzas Afro-Cubanas 20'50
02 La Conga de Media Noche 2'55
03 Danza Negra 1'59
04 ...Y la negra Bailaba! 2'06
05 Danza de los Ñañigos 2'26
06 Danza Lucumi 2'36
07 La Comparsa 2'03
 
  Siete Danzas Cubanas Tipicas 17'06
08 Ni tú, Ni yo 2'17
09 Mientras yo comía maullaba un gato 3'04
10 Burlesca 1'44
11 Mis Tristezas 3'17
12 El Miriñaque 2'00
13 La 32 2'38
14 Cómo baila el Muñeco! 2'06
 
15 Échate pa'allá,María! 1'12
 
  Valses Fantásticos 17'40
16 Vals Apasionado 1'52
17 Vals Romántico 4'25
18 Vals Poético 2'58
19 Vals Arabesque 1'13
20 Vals Patético 3'19
21 Vals Maravilloso 2'06
22 Vals Brillante 1'47
 
23 Vals del Nilo 5'30
 
24 Gardenia 2'11
 
25 Porcelana China (Danza de Muñecos) (1943) 2'12
 
26 Polka de las Enanos 2'20
 
27 Noche de Estrellas 1'26
 
28 Yo te Quiero Siempre 2'36
 
 
Disc 4
 
  Ernesto Lecuona
01 Rumba-Rhapsody (1943) for Piano, Voices, Orchestra and Chorus 4'45
 
  Danzas Cubanas 28'14
02 !No Hables Más! 1'18
03 No Puedo Contigo 2'18
04 Ahi Viene El Chino 3'04
05 ?Por Qué te Vas? 2'24
06 Lola Está de Fiesta 2'29
07 En Tres Por Cuatro 1'43
 
08 Amorosa 1'22
 
09 Futurista (original 1928 version) 2'36
 
  19th-Century Cuban Dances 14'57
10 La Primera en la Frente 1'37
11 A la Antigua (El Tanguito de Mamá) 2'00
12 Impromptu 1'27
13 La Danza Interrumpida 1'48
14 La Mulata 1'02
15 Arabesque 1'16
16 Ella y Yo 1'24
17 La Cardenense 1'48
18 !Al Fin te Vi! 1'10
19 Los Minstrel´s 1'25
 
20 Vals Gitano 2'07
 
21 A Media Noche 1'49
 
22 Parisiana 2'10
 
23 Musetta 1'53
 
24 Vals de Danubio 2'39
 
25 Broken Blossoms 2'10
 
26 Noches de Primavera 3'23
 
27 Vals de la Mariposa 2'25
 
  Song Transcriptions 4'45
28 Vals Azul (from 'Lola Cruz') 2'27
29 Paso Doble de los Mantones 2'18
 
 
Disc 5
 
  Ernesto Lecuona
  Danzas Afro-Cubanas 20'50
01 Negra Mersé 2'35
02 La Negra Lucumi 1'59
03 La Conga se Va 2'11
 
  Danzas Cubanas 28'14
04 Dame tu Amor 1'25
05 Lloraba en Sueños 2'11
06 Aqui Está 1'51
07 Andar 1'22
08 Tu Serás 2'03
09 Melancolia 2'11
10 Negrita 1'49
11 Muñequita 2'06
 
  Tres Valses 7'49
12 Rococó (Vals en si bemol mayor) 2'23
13 Azul (Vals en la bemol mayor) 2'08
14 Encantamiento (Vals en re bemol mayor) 3'18
 
  Album de Valses 18'39
15 Bon Ton 2'11
16 Vals de las Sombras (original 1918 version) 4'31
17 Vals del Ensueño 3'39
18 Vals del Yumuri 2'32
19 Vals del Ebro 3'05
20 Vals de las Flores 2'41
 
21 Vals Rosa 2'14
 
22 Vals del Rhin 2'38
 
23 Vals de Pierrot 1'43
 
24 Pasa Calle and Java ( from the Film Carnival in Costa Rica) 1'26
 
  Music for Zarzuela 9'41
25 Lamento Africano (from El Cafetal) 4'30
26 La Ronda del Amor (from Maria la Ó) 2'18
27 La Mulata Chancletera (from Maria la Ó) 2'53
 
 
Disc 6
 
  Ernesto Lecuona
01 Siempre en mi corazón (Always in my heart) 3'35
 
02 Como presiento (The feeling I have) 2'17
 
03 Allá en la sierra (There in the mountains) from Córdoba 2'28
 
04 Tu no tienes corazón (You have no heart) 2'48
 
05 Mi corazón se fué (I lost my heart) 3'20
 
06 Dame de tus rosas (Give me of your roses) 3'44
 
07 ¡No es por ti! (It´s not because of you!) 2'31
 
08 ¡Mira! (Look!) (Text: José Serebrier) from La Habanera 3'02
 
09 Dame el amor (Give me your love) 2'53
 
10 Que risa me da (Oh what a laugh) (Text: Alvaro Suarez) 1'16
 
11 La comparsa (The procession) 2'33
 
12 Al fin (Finally) 3'38
 
13 Se abrieron las flores (The flowers opened) (Text: Alvaro Suarez) 3'28
 
14 Conga Cuba 1'30
 
15 Amor tardio (Belated love) 1'55
 
16 En una noche así (On a night like this) 3'19
 
17 Devuélveme el corazón (Give me back my heart) (Text: José Serebrier) 2'28
 
18 Primavera de ilusión (Spring of illusion) 2'46
 
19 Un amor vendrá (A love will come) 3'03
 
20 Me has dejado (You have left me) 2'38
 
21 No me engañarás (You won´t deceive me) 2'47
 
22 Rumba mejoral (Pronouncing rumba) (Text: Alvaro Suarez) 1'01
 
23 No me mires ni nime hables (Don´t look at me or speak to me) (Text: Alvaro Suarez) 2'52
 
24 Mi amor fue una flor (My love was a flower) 2'28
 
25 Canción del amor triste (Song of sad love) (Text: Juana de Ibarbourou) 3'55
 
  Album total 433'13
ComposerLecuona, Ernesto
PianoConstable, John
Tirino, Thomas
OrchestraPolish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
ConductorBartos, Michael
ChoirSilesian Philharmonic Chorus
SopranoFarley, Carole
Henreckson-Farnum, Elizabeth
Mezzo-sopranoGeissinger, Kate
AltoMontano, Alexandra
FluteLarson, Mary
Valiente, Jessica
TrumpetEngel, Bruce
Kocher, Gerald
TromboneWitmer, Lawrence
ClarinetHoff, Denise
Sterman, Andrew
Sternberg, Joanne
SaxophoneRicciatelli, Vincent
Double bassMarks, Steven
PercussionSilverman, Alan
ViolinJolles, Renee
Perikins, Gloria
Steinberg, Mark
OboeFleishaker, Vivian

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