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Song Of The Stars: Granados; Casals; Blancafort
Kruczek, Voices of Ascension, Keene
Song Of The Stars: Granados; Casals; Blancafort
Genre: Classical
 
A rich musical heritage and vibrant contemporary culture intersect in Catalunya in — north-eastern Spain. Granados's long-lost masterpiece Song of the Stars is comparable — to a virtuoso piano concerto with chorus and organ ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Kruczek, Voices of Ascension, Keene
Title: Song Of The Stars: Granados; Casals; Blancafort
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: NAXOS SPANISH
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 6/30/2009
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Early Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 747313053377

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A rich musical heritage and vibrant contemporary culture intersect in Catalunya in
north-eastern Spain. Granados's long-lost masterpiece Song of the Stars is comparable
to a virtuoso piano concerto with chorus and organ rather than orchestra, gloriously
combining Romantic-Modernista poetry with post-Wagnerian harmonies. The internationally
famous cellist Pau Casals also composed a small body of very beautiful music,
including the deeply spiritual choral works on this disc. Morera's The Nightingale and
Blancafort's Love Song are evocative of their Catalan texts, while Oltra's Echo and
Prelude explore themes of memory and hope through images of nature.

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All They Said It Is -- And More!
Gene Barnes | Fairfax County, Virginia, USA | 07/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You may have been drawn to this CD by the breathless review in a recent Wall Street Journal article about the title track. I know I was. Well, Granados' "Song of the Stars" is the final track and the longest by far at 17-and-a-half minutes, and it is a gorgeous piece, no question. And probably every bit as important a discovery as we could hope for these days. Granados' "stars" sing about how they are "prisoners of love" and would like to "break the enchantment of love" and "visit new worlds," "overwhelmed by the insatiable fever of desire." Get it? Neither do I. But it's okay. It's quite passionate, and the music is beautiful beyond your wildest dreams.

But what you may find more interesting is the fact that the 19 shorter tracks preceding it are also very beautiful, from composers, all Catalan, who place glorious chords together for maximum effect, not giving a hoot about modernity or virtuosic complexity. In fact they have the effect of blunting the specialness of the "Song of the Stars." Hey, that's a good thing! But I'm just saying, if you think you might want to listen to the "Song" first and then do the rest of the CD, feel free -- there's no reason to play them in order.

The Voices of Ascension under Dennis Keene are all but perfect (a few admittedly tough exposed entrances could have been cleaner), and, yes, the perfection of Robert Shaw comes to mind. Five enthusiastic stars!"