Ernesto Lecuona

Music Review
12:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Music Review: Montero makes SoLatino a Fun, Personal Statement

Gabriela Montero is a Venezuelan-American child prodigy pianist, known for her impressive improvisation.
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  • Ernesto Lecuona's ...Y La Negra Bailaba! performed by Gabriela Montero on SoLatino, EMI Classics.

Gabriela Montero has made this album her own, showing her heritage with a very personal expression and fun mood.  SoLatino digs deep into Latin American culture with six different composers and some extra improvisations by Montero herself.

The CD begins with a couple fun, bouncy Latin pieces by Lecuona which transitions perfectly into a slower ballad.  It is obvious from the start of the recording that the thought-out selection of pieces and songs makes for a complete, diverse idea of the range of Latin compositions and techniques. 

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