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La Habanera - Lecuona: Piano Music / Kathryn Stott


Release Date: 12/01/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56803   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are poised, tonally sumptuous performances that Lecuona would surely have loved.

Evidently, the current spurt of interest in the music of Ernesto Lecuona is yet to expire; here is yet another collection of his graceful and melodic, yet sometimes quirky, music. With the exception of the group of waltzes and few other pieces, most of Kathryn Stott's recital features Lecuona in his Afro-Cuban vein, often his most striking one. In a previous issue, I compared the two large-scale pieces, Ante el Escoriai and San Francico el grande, to Liszt's "religious" Études. In them, Stott raises her dynamics and style to a grander level to match the music. Most of the time, though, she gives Lecuona's songful
Read more miniatures a gentle, lilting caress to which they certainly respond. These are poised, tonally sumptuous performances, inevitably more "by the book" than Lecuona's own more improvisatory way with his music, but I can't believe he wouldn't have loved this CD.

-- James Miller, FANFARE

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Short and sweet, Ernesto Lecuona’s piano pieces reflect a wide-ranging career early this century in Cuba and the States. The soulful melodic and scenically evocative numbers, strongly Latin, shine brightest. Stott relishes them all, alongside lightly showy waltzes and roof-raising encores, twee Afro-Cuban Dances and the odd hint of Joplin.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Robert Maycock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude in the Night by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Danzas afro-cubanas: La conga de media noche by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Diary of a Child: The Moon Lights Up by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1949; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Ella y yo by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Valses Fantásticos: no 4, Vals arabesque by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6.
Valses Fantásticos: no 6, Vals maravilloso by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Valses Fantásticos: no 7, Vals brillante by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Valses Fantásticos: no 1, Vals Apasionado by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
Valses Fantásticos: no 5, Vals patético by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Valses Fantásticos: no 2, Vals Romántico by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Valses Fantásticos: no 3, Vals Poético by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
12.
Danzas afro-cubanas: Danza negra by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
13.
Danzas afro-cubanas: Y la negra bailaba! by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14.
Yo te Quiero Siempre by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
15.
Danzas afro-cubanas: La comparsa by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
16.
Ante el Escorial by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
17.
San Francisco el grande by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18.
Danzas afro-cubanas: Danza de los ñáñigos by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
19.
Piezas características: no 2, La habanera by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
20.
Danzas afro-cubanas: Danza lucumí by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
21.
Miniatures (3) for Piano: no 1, Bellflower by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
22.
La cardenense by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
23.
Mazurka en glissando by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1998 
Venue:  St. Paul's Church, Rusthall, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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