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NI 6214

Lecuona: Cuba Espana

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Clara Rodríguez

piano

Producer:

Gary Skyrme



Engineer:

Richard Hughes



Record Label
Nimbus

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 66:44
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ERNESTO LECUONA

(1895-1963)
   
1 

Ante El Escorial

4:35
2 

Granada

3:31
3 

Zambra Gitana

1:12
4 

En tres por cuatro

1:32
   
 

Danzas cubanas del siglo XIX - 19th Century Cuban Dances

23:26  
5 La primera en la frente 2:02
6 A la Antigua 1:15
7 Impromptu 1:18
8 Interrumpida 2:52
9 La Cardenense 4:21
10 Ella y yo 1:54
11 La Mulata 2:19
12 Minstrels 2:35
13 Arabesque 2:25
14 Al fin te vi 2:45
   
15 

San Francisco El Grande

1:48
   
 

Danzas Afro-cubanas - Afro-Cuban Dances

12:26  
16 Danza lucumi 2:03
17 La comparsa 3:39
18 Danza negra 1:49
19 …Y la negra bailaba 2:06
20 Danza de los nanigos 1:27
21 La conga de media noche 1:22
   
 

Suite Andalucia - Andalusian Suite

17:54  
22 Cordoba 2:49
23 Andalucia 2:24
24 Alhambra 3:33
25 Gitanerias 1:47
26 Guadalquivir 3:38
27 Malaguena 3:43

Nimbus NI 6214

Lecuona: Cuba España – Clara Rodríguez

Ernesto Lecuona was born in Guanabacoa, a village near Havana, Cuba. His oldest sister, Ernestina, introduced him to the instrument for which he showed extraordinary talent, playing the accompaniment to silent movies from the age of seven to help his family financially.

In 1908 he composed his first piece, Cuba and America; in 1912 his first musical, Fantasia Tropical, as well as his first ballet, La comparsa, thus marking the beginning of a prolific life as a composer. He wrote more than 400 songs, 176 pieces for the piano, fifty theatrical pieces, thirty-one orchestral works, fifteen soundtracks for the cinema, five ballets, one trio, and an opera. Popularity came to him thanks to his virtuosic, passionate piano playing, the beauty of his melodies, and the force of the rhythms of his compositions, but also thanks to the hundreds of interpretations of pieces such as Siboney, Para vigo me voy, Canto Karabali, Maria my own, La comparsa, and Malagueña. His creative talent intensely touched a generation of Latin Americans who have not forgotten his music.

During the 1940s and ’50s Metro Goldwyn Mayer and 20th Century Fox asked him to write the music for many of their films. In 1942 he received an Academy Award for his song Always in my heart, from a film produced by Warner Brothers.



 "... There are 27 pieces in all, the majority of them contained within the three suites. All of them offer song and dance, a laid-back lilt and capricious melodies ... Unfailingly engaging, these miniatures are beautifuky crafted and full of suggestion. Rodríguez ... plays with style, sensitivity and obvious relish, bringing to life just s selection of Lecuona’s large output..."

Colin Anderson - International Piano magazine - May/June 2013




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