GLINKA: Ya Zdes Inesilia: BIZET: L’Amour est un Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera de Carmen): DE FALLA: Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas; Homenaje sur le Tombeau de C.Debussy: GARCIA LORCA : Anda Jaleo: CASTELNUOVO – TEDESCO : Ballata Dall’esilio: OHANA: Tiento :RODRIGO : Tres Canciones Populares Espanolas: PENICAUD: Jubilatio;A La Claire Fontaine, Sur Un Air Populaire de Troubadour.
DS Classic DS 1424 – 122
Guitarist Fabrizio Furci has hedre joined up with mezzo – soprano Lilia Kolosova to produce a very varied collection of Russian, French, Spanish and other songs together with two solo pieces.
The Glinka that opens the recording sets the scene well, and lets you know exactly how the sound scene is going to work. Kolosova’s vocals are very strong are quite operatic in style in that there is a certain amount of vibrato on the odd note. The well-known Habanera from Carmen is perhaps the most well – known vocal piece here, and it all sounds very fine, with good accompaniment from Furci. Then one finds the popular Seite Canciones Populares Espanolas of Manuel De Falla that have just the right amount of drama and emotion,, before the solo Homenaje sur le Tombeau de C.Debussy takes us momentarily away from the singing, to show us what a good interpreter, our guitarist is. After the well – known Garcia Lorca, comes a lovely Ballata by Italian Mario Castelnuovo – Tedesco, surely one of the 20th Century’s most satisfying composers for our instrument. The very acidic Tiento by Maurice Ohana, a piece that is beautifully played , but isn’t to everyone’s tastes is the final solo work, before Joaquin Rodrigo’s Tres Canciones Populares Espanolas produces some more lovely performances. The album closes with two pieces by Eric Penicaud, the only living composer on this set. These are both pleasant works that I have not come across before, but make a nice finish to what is a well-recorded , and well performed recital of some very varied material.