Nancy Tsou - The Latin Muse
Let pianist Nancy Tsou transport you to the tremendous excitement, the pageantry of the Latin composers Piazzolla, De Falla, Granados, Albert and Ginastera. She performs with extraordinary range, depth and penetration.
Nancy Tsou (piano)
Nancy writes in the liner notes: "The music of Spain and Latin America - scarcely has it begun before we know exactly where it comes from. A few notes and we are transported to the world of fiestas and flamenco, to the high plains and a proud people. We do not need to hear the sound of guitars or castanets, the melodies and harmonies are enough. It is music as crisp and spare as modern architecture, but with a richness of melody and invention not heard since Bach."
Nancy was brought up in the Argentine, and has an uncanny sympathy for the Latin idiom. Each piece has been selected for one quality only – its intensity of feeling. The fire and tenderness of a great repertory, this is what Nancy Tsou conveys.
On this recording, the music has been played on the instrument for which it was composed. Except for the music of Piazzolla. The arrangements for both Oblivion and Milonga del Angel are by Zunini and Cosentino.
Oblivion - Ástor Piazzolla
Milonga del Angel - Ástor Piazzolla
Libertango - Ástor Piazzolla
Spanish Dance, Op. 37, no. 5 Andaluza - Enrique Granados
Goyescas: Intermezzo - Enrique Granados
The Three-Cornered Hat: Danse du Meunier (Dance of the Miller) - Manuel de Falla
La Vida Breve - Manuel de Falla
Cantos d’Espana, Op. 232 - Isaac Albéniz
No. 1: Asturias
No. 3: Sous le Palmier
Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2 - Alberto Ginastera
Danza del viejo boyero (Dance of the old herdsman)
Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the delightful young lady)
Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the artful herdsman)