27 June 2012

In 2010 flamenco was declared an "intangible cultural heritage" of mankind. Today I am making it tangible.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.2
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 830
(El Niño de Almaden [1899-1968]: "A river meandering through the sunlight; passing through the darkest forests and coming out into the light again... What is special about Almaden is the way in which he can take the song to the limit, swoop and rise suddenly to break the tension, and slow down, to move the listener with notes which are only faintly discernible in the distance... holding back with a fragility that comes from the depths of the soul...")

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.4
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 860
(Terremoto de Jerez [1934-1981]: "He's a force of nature, a soaring mountain peak, a turbulent cascade, a peninsula jutting out to sea, a raging volcano. He's a tidal wave breaking over a rocky promontory and bearing everything away in its wake.... For once we have a cantaor whose name reflects his vocation: terremoto means 'earthquake.'")

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Grands cantaores du flamenco Vol.5
Le chant du monde, LDX 274 879
(Ramón Montoya [1879-1949]:  "He frequented the Café de la Marina as a child, endlessly watching the fingers of the great fin de siècle guitarists and little by little receiving advice from them. But the great revelation came when the young Montoya met the most important classical guitarist of that time: Miguel Llobet... Thus Ramón, who never learned how to read  music, 'created his own technique, using his creative genius to synthesize all that he saw and heard.'")

4. Miguel Llobet: 13 Catalan Folksongs (1899-1920)
Lorenzo Micheli - guitar
Naxos, 8.557351

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