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Asturiana - Music of Spain and Argentina / Kashkashian, Levin


Release Date: 09/18/2007 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 000967902   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel de FallaEnrique GranadosCarlos GuastavinoAlberto Ginastera,   ... 
Performer:  Kim KashkashianRobert Levin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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A remarkable, absorbing, beautiful recording

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ASTURIANA: SONGS FROM SPAIN AND ARGENTINA Kim Kashkashian (va); Robert Levin (pn) ECM 967902 (72:04)


FALLA Seven Popular Spanish Songs. GRANADOS Tonadillas al estilo antiguo. GUASTAVINO Read more class="ARIAL12bi">La rosa y el sauce. Se equivocó la paloma. Abismo de sed. Pampamapa. Bonita rama de sauce. GINASTERA Triste. MONTSALVATGE Canciónes negras. BUCHARDO Prendiditos de la mano. Oye mì llanto


Wow! That is really almost all I can think of to say. This is a remarkable, absorbing, beautiful recording, one I have returned to many times in the month since Fanfare headquarters sent it my way. Kim Kashkashian is one of the finest violists of our time, and she and Robert Levin have been performing together for many years. One of the results of that is an extraordinary chemistry between them—and in this case we are the beneficiaries.


These are not pure transcriptions of Spanish and Argentine songs—they are transcriptions-plus. The “plus” factors are subtle additions, modifications, ornamentations, enhancements—none of which disguise or distort the original melodies, and all of which add interest. Kashkashian’s beautiful, dark, richly varied tone inflects these as completely as any singer could, and Levin plays with beauty of line and remarkable rhythmic vitality. The piano opening of “Polo,” the last of the Seven Popular Spanish Songs of Manuel de Falla, is so brilliantly articulated and rhythmically alive as to snap the listener to attention.


Three of the songs appear twice on the disc, including the title piece, “Asturiana.” It is one of the Falla songs, and it opens the disc alone and re-appears (in what seems a different performance) later on in its proper place in the Falla cycle. The other two are Ginastera’s dark “Triste,” and “La rosa y el sauce” by Carlos Guastavino. The repeats fit into the shape of the program perfectly.


It is that shape, along with the gripping performances, that makes this disc unique. The recorded sound is up to ECM’s usual very high standards, resulting in the feeling of having the musicians in the room with you. ECM even provides English texts for the songs, despite the fact that the words are not sung. A truly memorable disc.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 3, Asturiana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Kim Kashkashian (Viola), Robert Levin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
2.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 9, La maja dolorosa I-III by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
3.
Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 14 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
4.
Abismo de Sed by Carlos Guastavino
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
5.
Pampamapa by Carlos Guastavino
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
6.
Bonita rama de Sauce by Carlos Guastavino
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
7.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 6, El mirar de la maja by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
8.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 4, El majo olvidado by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
9.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 3, El majo discreto by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
10.
La rosa y el sauce by Carlos Guastavino
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
11.
Canciones (5) populares argentinas, Op. 10: no 2, Triste by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
12.
Canciones negras (5): no 4, Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
13.
Canciones negras (5): no 3, Chévere by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
14.
Canciones negras (5): no 1, Cuba dentro de un piano by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
15.
Canciones negras (5): no 2, Punto de Habanera by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
16.
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Carlos Guastavino
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
17.
Prendiditos de la mano by Carlos López Buchardo
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 
18.
Oye mi llanto by Carlos López Buchardo
Performer:  Robert Levin (Piano), Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Date of Recording: 08/2006 
Venue:  German Switzerland Radio (DRS) Studio, Z 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Kim Kashkashian; Robert Levin. 

Featured Sound Samples

Canciones populares españolas (Falla): No 6 "Canción"
Colección de tonadillas (Granados): No 3 "La maja dolorosa"
Colección de tonadillas (Granados): No 8 "El mirar de la maja"
Prendiditos de la mano (López Buchardo)

Sound Samples

El Mirar de la Maja
El Majo Olvidado
La Maja Dolorosa 3
El Majo Discreto
Canción de cuna para dormir un negrito
Chévere
Cuba dentro de un piano
Punto de Habanera
El paño moruno
Seguidilla murciana
Asturiana
Asturiana
Jota
Nana
Canción
Polo
Triste
Triste
Se equivoco la paloma
Abismo de sed
Pampamapa
Bonita rama de sauce
La rosa y el sauce
La rosa y el sauce
Prendiditos la mano
Oye mi llanto

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