ENCANTO: Art Songs of Spain & Latin America
Martha Lopez, soprano & Lurray Myers, piano
Video of CD release party concert here.
Encanto translates to enchantment, delight, and in some uses, magic. Within this lovely word is the word “canto” which means song or singing. Delight is what I hope to bring each of you as you listen. Enchantment is what I have felt while immersed in this passionate song literature. Magic speaks to the transformative power of music.
At age 6, I began my musical life as a pianist. Little did I know that music would transform my life into that of a singer. In many of the art songs on this recording, the piano is as much a solo instrument as the voice. That I chose to record repertoire with strong interplay between the voice and piano should come as no surprise! I am happy that the music on this recording honors my primary musical roots, as well as my ethnic heritage.
My gratitude to Lurray Myers, Matt DeSear, Mike Badalamenti, Julia Guthrie, Vanessa Targino, LouAnn Gregory and the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota for their direct involvement in the completion of this project. Much gratitude to my teachers, musical and otherwise, friends and family and official project backers, for their love, friendship and support. The joy and depth you all bring to my life fuels my singing. Thank you.
Notes & Translations
(Click on the song titles for translations. Notes about the art songs are linked under the song cycle titles.)
1. CARLOS GUASTAVINO (1912-2000) La rosa y el sauce [2:11]
JOAQUÍN TURINA (1882-1949)
5. FERNANDO OBRADORS (1897-1945) Del cabello más sutil [1:09]
MANUEL DE FALLA (1876-1946)
ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916-1983)
XAVIER MONTSALVATGE (1912-2002)
Cinco Canciones Negras
23. ERNESTO LECUONA (1896-1963) Siboney [2:18]
Recorded 17 August, 7, 21 September, 5 November 2012, Audio Images Recording, Inc.
Recording Engineers MATT DESEAR, MIKE BADALAMENTI
Engineering & Mastering MATT DESEAR
Executive Producer MARTHA LOPEZ
Front Illustration JULIA GUTHRIE
Design VANESSA TARGINO
Photography BARBARA BANKS
Copyright 2012 Martha A. Lopez, All Rights Reserved.