Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

For the past five years or so I've posted reviews of classical music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, in various places on the web: Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites. I'll collect those earlier reviews, and add four or five new ones every month.

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Diverse, fun music from Latin America,

From November 12, 2013:


Over the years the excellent ARC Music label has provided a wealth of world music recordings from Latin America. This inexpensive sampler disc includes tracks from 15 of their CDs, and comes together as a valuable snap-shot of a continent-and-a-half's musical roots. Every song has vital music textures and infectious rhythms, and the diversity of the music keeps one from the bane of some Latin discs: the sameness of only a few types of music. Highlights for me include the two Brazilian tracks, the Samba of the Carioca Grupo Raca and the Forro from Banda Mapsom in the country's north-east. I also loved the traditional El Gavilan from Venezuela's De Norte a Sur, the slightly overblown Sol del Paraguay by Oscar Benito, and Kausay Chasqui by Sacambaya de Bolivia, who bring a bit of a gaucho feel to the Andean music. All together you get an hour of authentic music, and a really really good time!

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