[ Deutsche Grammophon / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Sol y vida is Elīna Garanča'sjourney to the South, from Spain to Italy and Latin America, and is her first album focusing entirely on non core-classical repertoire.
Be ready to expect a personal album from the mezzo-soprano, whose centre of life has been Spain for many years. A selection of songs, canzone and tango pieces, both mirroring and spreading a flamboyantly emotional array of beaming happiness, passionate longing and exuberant joy. A feast of vocal colours, and a firework of passion, from the well-known Granada to the intimate world of La Llorona.
Featuring jewels of Latin American song repertoire like Piazolla's Yo soy Maria, originally part of a tango operita and Gracias a la vida, one of the most covered Latin American songs in history both featuring guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey in new intimate arrangements. Many of the popular pieces have mainly been sung by tenors, like "Core 'ngrato", which was probably written for Caruso or the popular Neapolitan songs "Torna a surriento" or "Canto napoletano".
"right at the heart of the recital is Tosti's gorgeous 'Non t'amo più', which Garanča turns into a self-contained drama of its own. Harmida's 'Lela' is the most sumptuous sweetmeat.
And just when you were thinking you might overdose on all this lovelorn romanticism there's Piazzolla's edgy, fiery tango 'Yo soy María' from María de Buenos Aires, where Garanča's rasping defiance à la Carmen excitingly exploits the darkest recesses of her bottom register."
Lara, Augustin: Granada (Arr. Chichon)
trad.: La Llorona (Arr. del Rey)
trad.: Vai lavar a cara (Arr. Durán)
Parra, V: Gracias a la vida (Arr. del Rey)
Grieg: T'estimo (Arr. Langley)
Cardillo: Core 'ngrato (Arr. Langley)
Curtis, E: Torna a Surriento (Arr. Langley)
Curtis, E: Non ti scordar di me (Arr. Langley)
Gastaldon: Musica proibita (Arr. Chichon)
Tosti: Non t'amo più (Arr. Chichon)
Curtis, E: Voce'e notte (Arr. Langley)
Tosti: Marechiare (Arr. Langley)
Piazzólla: Maria de Buenos Aires - Yo soy María (Arr. del Rey)
Hermida: Lela (Arr. Durán)
Sorozábal: La Taberna del Puerto
Gardel: El día que me quieras (Arr. Chichon)
Barroso, A: Brazil (Arr. Chichon)