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Cuba! / Manuel Barrueco


Release Date: 04/06/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56757   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leo BrouwerErnesto LecuonaHector AnguloJosé Ardévol,   ... 
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco turns in one fine performance after another on this disc of Cuban guitar music. Dedicated by the guitarist to the modern-day plight of the Cuban people, the CD begins with three selections by perhaps the most famous of Cuban composers, Ernesto Lecuona. Even those not familiar with this repertoire will recognize "A la Antigua," which is lovingly played and transcribed by Barrueco.
Two selections by one of Cuba's most important contemporary composers, Leo Brouwer, are heard on this recording. Both compositions possess a great understanding of the guitar, which is due to the fact that Brouwer is also a fine guitarist. Barrueco plays with much regard for the music while personalizing each phrase.
Also
Read more of great interest are the 'Cantos Yoruba de Cuba,' a set of nine pieces by another contemporary Cuban composer, Hector Angulo. Based on melodies attributed to the Yorubans, Nigerian slaves who came to Cuba, the settings by Angulo are thinned-out texturally to provide the listener with easy access to their beautiful, simple melodies, without their customary complex rhythms. There certainly is no better guitarist than Barrueco to capture every curve and corner of each little jewel of a composition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preludio for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Rito de los Orishas by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Danzas afro-cubanas: Danza lucumí by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Manuel Barrueco 
4.
Danzas afro-cubanas: La comparsa by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Manuel Barrueco 
5.
A la Antigua by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Manuel Barrueco 
6.
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba by Hector Angulo
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Guitar by José Ardévol
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8.
Cancion Triste by Carlos Fariñas
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Prelude for Guitar by Carlos Fariñas
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
10.
New York Rush by Ubieta,
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1998 
Venue:  Studio 2, EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Afro Cuban Dances (arr. for guitar by M. Barrueco): La Comparsa
Afro Cuban Dances (arr. for guitar by M. Barrueco): Danza Lucumi
Cuban Dances (arr. for guitar by M. Barrueco): A la Antigua
Preludio - from Suite No. 2
Canción Triste
Preludio
New York Rush (Theme from 'El Super') (transcribed for guitar by E. Ubieta)
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: I. Asokere I
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: II. Suayo
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: III. Iyá mi ilé
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: IV. Borotití
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: V. Asokere II
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: VI. Iyá mo dupé
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: VII. Yeye bi obi tosuo
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: VIII. E lekua
Cantos Yoruba de Cuba: IX. Asokere III
Sonata for guitar: First movement: Preludio
Sonata for guitar: Second movement: Variaciones
Sonata for guitar: Third movement: Danza
Rito de los Orishas: 1. Exordium-conjuro
Rito de los Orishas: 2. Danza de las diosas negras (Danza I, Danza II, Evocacion I, Evocacion II, Danza III)

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