Live at Carnegie Hall

Live at Carnegie Hall

by Chavela VargasChavela Vargas


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Repackaging a stunning performance by the then-81-year-old Mexican legend, Live at Carnegie Hall defies the listener to put it on a shelf. For starters, the odd-sized digipack won't fit in a standard CD rack. But more important, the glorious artwork, complete with a set of ten lurid postcards, demands that this recording be treasured as the fetish it is no doubt destined to become. That's a canny assessment of Chavela Vargas's fans, who have deified this wizened gender-bender with the ghostly howl. For her Carnegie Hall debut, on Mexican Independence Day in 2003, they were out in full force, including actress Salma Hayek, who introduced the singer. Rarely was an act in less need of an introduction. Vargas could have scowled her way through the Mexico City phone book and met with the same rapturous applause -- but that's how dependable her supernatural connection with listeners is. Verses are whispered, screamed, cajoled, and seduced over the delicate guitar filigrees of her accompanists, Miguel Peña and Juan Carlos Allende. This is not ranchera music the way a hat-act like Vicente Fernandez would render it -- "Volver Volver" and "Se Me Hizo Facil" notwithstanding -- but the song of a ghostly Meso-American wraith that haunts Mexico's European pretensions. When time comes for her trademark "La Llorona," invoking the wandering spirit of legend with whom she has become conflated through her role in Julie Taymor's Frida and in concerts like this one, Vargas burns her admirers, delivering the tune in a harsh whisper. No, this one won't be sitting on any shelf.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2006
Label: Tommy Boy
UPC: 0661868165227
catalogNumber: 1652
Rank: 69261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chavela Vargas   Primary Artist
Miguel Pena   Guitar
Juan Carlos Allende   Guitar

Technical Credits

Alvaro Carrillo   Composer
José Alfredo Jiménez   Composer
Chavela Vargas   Composer
Juán Zaizar   Composer
Cuco Sánchez   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Elliot Goldenthal   Special Presentation
Fernando Z. Maldonado   Composer
Héctor Martínez   Executive Producer
Carlos Monsivais   Liner Notes,Author
Ruy Garcia   Producer,Executive Producer
Luis Mars   Composer
Carlos Brito   Composer
Enrique Fabregat   Composer
Brian Moran   Public Relations
Traditional   Composer
Leszek Wojcik   Engineer

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