Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
100 Anos De Musica Mexicana: Bellas Artes / Un Canto de Mexico / En Vivo
Genres: World Music, Rock, Latin Music
BEAUTIFUL BEYOND BELIEF!....
(5 out of 5 stars)
"WOW! There is no voice in the universe more beautiful than the gorgeous deep silky baritone of Alejandro Fernandez...and no better place to show it off than in concert at the Palacio de Bellas Artes! Back up the beautiful voice with the Orquesta Filarmonica Mexicana, Coro Mexico, and Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan.......WOW!......it just doesn't get any better than that! The first disc is operatic and demonstrates Alejandro's impressive vocal technique. Memorable are "Nortena De Mis Amores" and "Granada" for his opera-like performance. The most gorgeous song on this first disc is "Alejandra", a song that his famous father made him perform on stage when he was young. He's all grown up now...no more butterflies...he has this song mastered! It's incredible! "Ojos Tapatios" touches your heart...he perfectly harmonizes along with the recorded voices of Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete. It is SO beautiful! Then, there is a medley of boleros that includes "El Andariego", Alejandro's first recording. I almost fell off my chair when I heard that!... I love that song, and he speeded it up....WOW....wish it was a full length version instead! The second cd is RANCHERAS! and this is where Alejandro Fernandez has NO EQUAL! From "Ella" to "Serenata Huasteca", he is TOTALLY AWESOME! He does a medley of his father's songs. BOY, do they sound different when Alejandro sings them! He has this velvety legato style, Vicente is more of a belter.Then, as if this weren't enough....there is a medley of Juan Gabriel songs "Ya Lo Se Que Tu Te Vas" (SO BEAUTIFUL), "La Diferencia", and the show stopper....."Te Sigo Amando"!...Love this song when Juan Gabriel sings it, but I think I ADORE the way Alejandro sings it MORE! I have the DVD of "Christmastime in Vienna" and was impressed that Alejandro Fernandez would sing in an opera house with Placido Domingo. This concert at Bellas Artes is WAY BETTER...because Alejandro is DEFINITELY in his element here! No one sings rancheras as beautifully, or might I add, looks more handsome in a CHARRO SUIT! This is a recording TO DIE FOR!... The only thing better would be to have it on DVD so I could SEE IT!"
The fabulous Alejandro, in concert
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 11/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded at the Palacio de Buenas Artes in Mexico City, this is a very impressive 2-disc set.
Alejandro's magnificent golden voice is in top form, and he sings a total of 37 songs; some are grouped in medleys, and some are full length.
Though I'm not usually fond of live recordings, this is well produced, for a total of 2 hours and 18 minutes, with of some of the best of Mexican music represented.CD # 1 has mostly classic boleros, with orchestral arrangements. It includes a trio, with the recorded voices of the long gone idols, Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete on "Ojos Tapatios", a duet with Lourdes Ambriz, a sensational redition of Agustin Lara's "Granada", and a jazzy treatment of "Jurame" that is phenomenal.CD # 2 is an all-mariachi program, and this disc will get a lot of play from me. Included are 6 songs by Jose Alfredo Jimenez (with exquisitely tender versions of "De un Mundo Raro", and "Amaneci en Tus Brazos"), and 3 from Juan Gabriel. There is a duet with Eugenia Leon, and a big favorite is the final song, Gabriel's "Te Sigo Amando".The closing piece is the 8 minute orchestral "Huapango" by Jose Pablo Moncayo. Popular in many concert halls, it's a great example of Mexican classical music.
There is some applause heard from the audience, but it is not intrusive, and very little talking on Alejandro's part, so at times one forgets this is a live performance; obviously many adjustments were made in the recording process, and the final product is excellent. Bravo y ole Alejandro !"
S. D. Clemett | Astoria, NY United States | 03/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Alejandro reaches for the stars and finds them in this magnificent live performance, extending his talent into classics. He shows he is as much at home in a tuxedo as in a charro suit. His usual almost breathy (and very sexy) voice here gives way to a more heroic sound, especially in his superb rendition of "Granada", which would please anyone who has enjoyed versions previously recorded by opera singers. "Morenita Mia" is a show-stopper also because it expresses his incredibly dangerous sex appeal. Worth owning for those tracks alone, although the rest are also marvelous. "Perfidia" and "Besame Mucho" are particularly noteworthy and whet the appetite for more. A concert with no "filler" and lots of excitement."