Suite Iberia (Sony BMG, 2007)
Flamenco guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares ventures again into classical music with his adaptations of Albeniz’s Suite Iberia. Albeniz and other Spanish classical music composers were deeply influenced by Spanish folk music and specially Flamenco. So it is not are for a Flamenco musician (many of which are conservatory trained) to interpret classical works.
On Suite Iberia Juan Manuel Cañizares shows his masterful technique. He is one of the finest guitarists of his generation, which Vicente Amigo and Gerardo Núñez. This is a solo work, however, so you won’t heard palmas, cajón or any other instrument you normally find in Flamenco guitar CDs. Cañizares, nonetheless, makes good use of recording techniques by overdubbing guitar, turning the album into a collection of enchanting guitar duets which evoke a delightful warm spring afternoon by the Spanish countryside.
Cañizares will be touring North America to promote the album.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.