by Roberto AlagnaRoberto Alagna




Roberto Alagna's background is Sicilian and French, but he can trace his ancestry to Spain and Argentina, and he remembers being familiar with many of these Spanish-language songs from South and Central America as a child. His easy fluency with the idioms and his affinity for the passionate style of the songs certainly testifies to a natural connection with this music, and fans of these traditional and early to mid-20th century quintessentially Latin songs are likely to be delighted with the presentation and performances. Alagna brings an unabashed delight to the music and sounds like he is having absolutely the time of his life. He also brings to it a technically impeccable musicianship, but he is so invested in the material that there is no dichotomy between classical and popular sensibilities. Alagna's conviction and musicality and the inviting openness of his sound make even overly familiar songs like "Cielito lindo" and "Bésame mucho" completely compelling. The accompaniments, expertly arranged by Yvan Cassar, use an assortment of instruments appropriate to the songs' various genres, and many tracks are also accompanied by strings. The engineers try some interesting techniques, like starting "El día que me quieras," which is accompanied only by upright piano and accordion, with the sound of a needle dropping onto a scratchy, distant-sounding LP, and the effect is undeniably atmospheric. Apart from that kind of special effect, Deutsche Grammophon's sound is immaculate and well-balanced.

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Release Date: 12/06/2011
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947647027
catalogNumber: 001620702

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