This disc is actually primarily an exposition of composer Leo Brouwer's (b. 1939) work but is kicked off with a highly unusual set of almost Merchant Ivory-esque cinematicized Beatles songs arranged as a septet suite transposing the oeuvre into semi-medieval, semi-neoclassical milieus for internationally recognized guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima and the Latin Grammy-winning Havana String Quartet to flesh out in lush recital. A high degree of Romantic Impressionism pervades the entire CD, starting off by imbuing Eleanor Rigby with a Greensleeves-ish flavor it's never before been accorded. By the time She's Leaving Home arises, you'd swear you were at a baroque court waltz with king, queen, and barons. As I say: quite unusual.
Brouwer has an enviable command of a wide range of orchestration and composition techniques. She writes in a mixture of idioms both modern and somehow protypically American. "Mandala" is reminiscent of Hovhannes' modal work, "Remembrances" reminds me ever so slightly of similar tone poems by Diamond and Barber. I love all the music on this disc, but I must confess that "Remembrances" is my personal favorite. Written upon the death of a colleague, this piece strikes a ………Virginia Lewis @ Amazon