Sentimiento Latino

Sentimiento Latino

by Juan Diego FlórezJuan Diego Flórez

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After wowing opera fans with his several bel canto recordings, Juan Diego Flórez casts his sombrero into the classical crossover ring with Sentimiento Latino, displaying such natural charm and charisma that it's easy to imagine him quitting his day job entirely. If this were the 1940s, surely Hollywood would be pursuing him to appear in "south of the border" musicals opposite Carmen Miranda. Of course it would be a shame if that happened -- Rossini and Bellini need his talents, too -- but the connection Flórez feels with this material is obviously strong. Comprising popular songs from Mexico, Argentina, Flórez's native Peru, and beyond -- a "Latin American Songbook" from the first half of the 20th century -- the program plays to many of the same strengths that mark the tenor's opera recordings: an ardently romantic voice soaring in one expressive melody after another (though not quite as high). Agustin Lara's "Granada" is the only well-known song here -- operatic tenors added it to their encore list decades ago -- so there's a lot to discover, going well beyond familiar names like tango king Carlos Gardel (represented by the haunting "El dia que me quieras") and Cuban maestro Ernesto Lecuona. Flórez introduces three wonderful tunes by the Peruvian singer-songwriter Chabuca Granda (a.k.a. Maria Isabel Granda Larco), for example, and there's nothing more addictive here than the spirited album opener, "Alma Llanera," by Venezuelan composer Pedro Elias Gutiérrez. Colorful orchestral arrangements -- with just an occasional touch of mariachi -- provide a perfect support for Flórez's singing on one of the most joyful albums of classical or crossover music any opera star has made in recent years.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947575764
catalogNumber: 000629502
Rank: 60680

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