AS­TURI­ANA

Kim Kashkashian (vi­ola), Robert Levin (pi­ano) ECM New Se­ries

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews -

476 6149 ★★★★ Manuel de Falla’s Can­ciones pop­u­lares es­paño­las are prob­a­bly heard to­day more of­ten in tran­scrip­tion than in the orig­i­nal ver­sions for voice and pi­ano. They’re at the heart of this new col­lec­tion, in which Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin play 72 min­utes of their own tran­scrip­tions of Span­ish­language songs. The dom­i­nant style is pop­u­lar and folksy, and the grainy husk­i­ness of Kashkashian’s vi­ola is at­mo­spher­i­cally sup­ported by Levin’s of­ten soft-toned pi­ano play­ing in songs by Grana­dos, Guas­tavino, Gi­nastera, Montsal­vatge and Buchardo, as well as Falla. Though not a sin­gle word is sung, the book­let, in true ECM style, in­cludes trans­la­tions of the song texts. www.ecm­records.com

MICHAEL DER­VAN

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