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Alma Espanola: Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin

This is a special recording on a number of fronts.  In the first place, it’s the premiere by these two artists, both of them winners of multiple Grammy awards, recording together after collaborating for several years in concert.  Second, this is the first recording in about 40 years devoted exclusively to Spanish songs for voice and guitar.  An expected part of this recording are the Siete canciones populares españolas (Six Popular Spanish Songs) by Manuel De Falla; less expected, and a wonderful surprise, are songs composed by the great Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca (1898-1936).  It’s little known, also, that Lorca recorded his own pieces, but did not write them down, so Ms. Isbin and singer Isabel Leonard felt great freedom in presenting their interpretations of this music, infused with the knowledge each of them possesses, as well as inspiring each other in the best way to tell the stories in the songs.

Alma Espanola — Leonard, Isbin
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