Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Noel Estrada, Carlos Gardel, Chabuca Granda|
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Latin Music
This is Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez's first non-classical CD. He brings to the popular music of Latin America and Spain the same scrupulous musicianship, bright tone, and charm with which he approaches Donizetti and R... more »
This is Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez's first non-classical CD. He brings to the popular music of Latin America and Spain the same scrupulous musicianship, bright tone, and charm with which he approaches Donizetti and Rossini. Some of these songs are accompanied by full orchestra and some (such as "Ella" and "Mexico lindo y querido," for example) are with a shiny mariachi band, while a couple ("Fina stampa," "Bello Durmiente") have solo guitar as their backup. Florez has plenty of opportunity to show off his high notes--there are brilliant high Cs here and there--and his perfect vocal placement and portamento are most welcome. "Jurame," a sensual tango, is a fine example. While he can sing softly at times, Florez doesn't do quite enough with dynamics. A bit more variation would have been welcome, but he's very much in the spirit of this music. His "Granada" is stunning, and he gets the idiom of the "lounge music" numbers as well. His fans, and fans of music with this Latino tinge, will not be disappointed. --Robert Levine
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Ava Torres | 04/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is how you do crossover: with no camp, no contrived overemoting, no cheap sentimentality, just lots of class and beautiful classical singing style. This is such perfect material for Juan Diego Florez, after all he started in such popular fare before he became an opera star. His voice sounds so natural, so elegant, but always so expressive. But above all, this album is so much fun: cool Latin lounge music, hot summer night music and sparkly bits of mariachi music all rolled into one!
Except for "Granada", which has been sung by many famous tenors, most of songs on this album are such wonderful fresh discoveries. Many Latin styles are represented, from Cuban to Mexican to Florez' native Peruvian, and they all blend in beautifully into one seductive whole. I have a few favourites, the tango "El dia que me quieras" and the opening track, Venezuelan "Alma Llanera" are among them, but there are no weak links on this album, every song is really great.
This is one of the best albums I have heard in a while, and possibly the best effort by any tenor at bridging the pop-opera gap. It's not just classical, or crossover, it's simply great music making. This relase deserves to be a huge bestseller, and I just hope querido Juan Diego will still find time to sing Rossini, because he really excells in that field, but I am totally swayed by this album. Experience this Sentimiento and feel the passion yourself!"
M. Burgess | Spartanburg, SC | 06/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD on a whim while on a road trip this weekend and boy wasn't it a pleasant surprise. Juan Diego Florez brings an elegance and beauty of timbre that I have not really heard in this genre. His phrasing is impeccable and he avoids the histrionics that most tenor CD's of this type are littered with. Technically, he has always been a marvel, but this CD seems to have more heart, soul and an excellent sense of timing than any of his prior CD's (and I'm a Rossini and bel canto nut).Hope he makes more like this! Bravo!"
C. I. Gonzalez | SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO | 05/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This recording is wonderfully exquisite. As an opera singer, I have sung these songs in recitals many times and listening to Juan has been like a master class. His technique is superb. His "En mi viejo San Juan" brought me great memories and got my eyes wet. This tenor has brought so much hope to belcanto and fine singing. Thank you very much, Juan. Best wishes and thousands of blessings."