Distinguished cellist Andrew Smith’s interest in Spanish music was awakened by his collaboration with Spanish pianist and conductor Alfredo Oyágüez Montero beginning in 1999. This artistic partnership led to a program of all-Spanish works, which they have performed to great acclaim on tour worldwide.

The album features music by several of Spain’s greatest composers: Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Joaquin Turina, and Xavier Montsalvatge. Perhaps less familiar is Gaspar Cassadó, who – after the great Pablo Casals (his teacher) – was Spain’s most famous 20th-century cellist. Prime examples of both his original compositions and his many arrangements are heard here, along with a lovely folk song transcription from Casals.

This glowing release promises to be a rare treat for cello fans and Spanish music aficionados alike – and will convincingly demonstrate the cello’s affinity with the unique spirit and piquant favors of the Spanish musical idiom.

Track Listings:

    Enrique Granados

  1. Intermezzo from Goyescas, arr. G. Cassadó
  2. Gaspar Cassadó

    Sonata Nello Stile Antico Spagnuolo

  3. Introduzione e Allegro
  4. Grave
  5. Danza con Variazione
  6. Xavier Montsalvatge

    Cinco Caniones Negras

  7. Cuba al Dentro de un Piano
  8. Punto de Habañera
  9. ChévereCanción de Cuna para Dormir a un Negrito
  10. Canto Negro
  11. Cassadó

  12. Danse du Diable Vert
  13. Joaquin Turina

  14. El Jueves Santo a Medianoche from Suite Pittoresque, Sevilla
  15. Manuel de Falla

    Suite Populair Espagñole after Siete Canciones Populares Espagñolas arr. M. Marechal

  16. El paño moruno
  17. Asturiana
  18. Jota
  19. Nana
  20. Canción
  21. Polo
  22. Cassadó

  23. Requiebros
  24. Traditional Catalonian

  25. El Cant dels Ocells arr. P. Casals