Notes and Editorial Reviews
In her first complete departure from core repertoire, Elina Garanca releases Sol y Vida. A journey to the Southern hemisphere, from Spain to Italy and Latin America, the album features a selection of songs, canzone and tango pieces. Highlights include Piazolla’s “Yo soy Maria,” originally part of a tango operita and “Gracias a la vida.” Garanca is joined by Karel Mark Chichon and his Orquesta Filarmonica Gran Canaria as well as guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey.
Everything here (not least the filmic arrangements) is overheated in the best sense. Her sheer joy in choosing and singing this repertoire is tangible. A holiday romance it may be, but enjoy it while it lasts.