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'Spain': Debussy Lindaraja

Magazine article Gramophone

'Spain': Debussy Lindaraja

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'Spain'

Debussy Lindaraja (a). La puerta del vino. La soiree dans Grenade Falla El Amor brujo--Suite. Fantasia betica. Homenaje: 'Le tombeau de Claude Debussy'. El sombrero de tres picos Dances. La vida breve--Two Spanish Dances (a) Vanessa Perez, (a) Stephen Buck pfs Steinway & Sons (F) STNS30036 (66' * DDD)

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Vanessa Perez's previous solo releases --both devoted to Chopin (VAI; Telarc, 8/12)--revealed a pianist with an excellent technique, a passionate, impulsive temperament and a sometimes cavalier approach to the text. By contrast, the musical portraits of Spain comprising her first outing for the Steinway & Sons label showcase a more centred, straightforward artist. The three dances from Falla's El sombrero de tres picos are cases in point, while the suite from El Amor brujo also contains memorable features. Notice, for example, the stylish understatement with which Perez shapes the right-hand melody against the left hand's billowy chords in 'Cancion del fuego fatuo', along with the crisp repeated notes of 'Danza del terror'.

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However, her quest for clarity and cleanliness in the 'Danza ritual del fuego' yields stiff results, especially when you consider Arthur Rubinstein's far more incisive, swaggering rendition (RCA). …

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