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Alma Flamenca
Isaac Albeniz, Sabicas, Paco De Lucia
Alma Flamenca
Genre: Latin Music
 
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Through the magical musical talent and death defying fingers of guitar virtuoso Grigory Goryachev the worlds of Spanish art music and flamenco are brought together in this brilliant debut CD. As we hear here so clearly, th...  more »

      
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All Artists: Isaac Albeniz, Sabicas, Paco De Lucia, Grisha Goryachev
Title: Alma Flamenca
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: VGo Recordings
Original Release Date: 6/13/2006
Release Date: 6/13/2006
Genre: Latin Music
Style: Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 606041219724

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Through the magical musical talent and death defying fingers of guitar virtuoso Grigory Goryachev the worlds of Spanish art music and flamenco are brought together in this brilliant debut CD. As we hear here so clearly, the line leading from 19th century Spanish piano virtuoso Isaac Albeniz to flamenco guitar masters Sabicas and Paco de Lucia is alive with tantalizing musical connections. The distinctive sound of ?Spanish? music is actually the result of the cross-pollenation of many cultures over a long period of time. In fact, Spain is unique amongst all European nations in that it was in past centuries dominated by the Islamic people, the Moors, for longer than it has yet to have been ruled by the Christians! In addition, the influence of the Spanish Jews (Sephardim) and above all of the long maltreated gitanos (gypsies) permeated Spanish music. The Reyes Catolicos (?Catholic kings?) tried desperately to purge all non-Christian elements, but, as the great psychologist Carl Jung has so sagely pointed out, what we try to drive out the door comes back in through the window! Even the Reyes Catolicos couldn?t rid Spain of the magnificent fortress called the Alhambra (one of whose towers is called the Torre Bermeja!), the whirl of popular dance (heard in Cadiz and in the main section of Asturias), the sound of water running in long aquaducts from the mountains into the city of Granada (so tellingly captured in Albeniz?s music!) or even the muezzin?s call to prayer (as in the middle section of Asturias!) In flamenco music the drone of the Moorish lute was kept alive in the Danza Mora; the keening lament of the Gitanos found expression in the Soleá and the Tarantos; the wild cross rhythms of popular dance exploded in the Fandangos and Bulerias. Thanks to this latest scintillating disc from VGo Recordings, we can now all join in the festivities. -Eliot Fisk, Boston May 8, 2006
 

CD Reviews

One of my favorite CDs
S. Lin | San Jose, CA | 11/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With virtuosity and sensitivity Grisha Goryachev presents to us a CD full of individuality and artistry. The programming is beautiful as well, tracing the lineage from Albeniz, Sabicas to Paco de Lucia. I've heard him in concert many times and he is easily one of the most deserving artists of our generation."
Unparalleled musicality and virtuosity
James Gram | Vermont | 07/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Grisha Goryachev is perhaps my favorite guitarist right now. I have heard many classical and flamenco guitarists but his playing of Spanish music sets a new standard both for beauty and for blinding technique. The four Albeniz pieces offer new insights into how these familiar works should be played on the guitar. Granada in particular is stunningly beautiful, and I have been inspired to learn the piece. His version of Asturias is also surprisingly fresh. Grisha's name will undoubtedly be very well-known soon due to his sheer talent and musicality, so do yourself a favor and buy this album, it's a rare treat."
Absolutely amazing.
J. Michael Graglia | Washington, DC | 10/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I heard him play in NY and bought the CD right away. Go ahead and buy a few, you'll end up giving this as a gift!"