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.
- Intermezzo from Goyescas, arr. G. Cassadó
- Introduzione e Allegro
- Danza con Variazione
- Cuba al Dentro de un Piano
- Punto de Habañera
- Chévere Canción de Cuna para Dormir a un Negrito
- Canto Negro
- Danse du Diable Vert
- El Jueves Santo a Medianoche from Suite Pittoresque, Sevilla
- El paño moruno
- El Cant dels Ocells arr. P. Casals
Sonata Nello Stile Antico Spagnuolo
Cinco Caniones Negras
Manuel de Falla
Suite Populair Espagñole after Siete Canciones Populares Espagñolas arr. M. Marechal