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By Yamile Cruz Montero
By Yamile Cruz Montero. By Andres Alen, Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963), and Carlos Farinas (1934-). Classical. CD. Naxos #GP758. Published by Naxos (NX.GP758).
Item Number: NX.GP758
The history of Cuban music is the story of a fusion between European - largely Spanish - and African elements. Some of the finest, most stylistically diverse and exciting Cuban piano music can be heard on this album. Ernesto Lecuona is one of the greatest of all Latin American composers for the instrument, his Malaguena being the most powerful representation of Spain in Cuban music. Danzas afro-cubanas reflects the African influence on his music. Drawing on the genres of son and cancion Carlos Farinas's Cantero radiates vivid colour while the music of Andres Alen Rodriguez blends song, habanera and jazz influences.