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.
Alberto Ginastera's Panambi Ballet, Dance of the Warriors; performed by the London Symphony Orchestra on Ginastera Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation, Naxos.
Capturing the essence of the Argentinian life, Alberto Ginastera composed ballets and orchestral suites that show ranchers and the wild landscapes of Argentina. Energetic and exciting, these recordings are not justly described in the insert.