Cuban jazz legend Bebo Valdés is in charge of this wonderful soundtrack for Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's animated film about the romance between a singer and a pianist, set in La Havana and New York of the '40s and '50s. In addition to Valdés, the main performers include Freddy Cole, Jimmy Heath, Idania Valdés, Germán Velasco, and Amadito Valdés, in a collection of both originals and jazz and bolero standards arranged by Michael Philip Mossman. Estrella Morente sings the main title song, "Lily."
Hand crafted two artists who understand the music of a wide, creatively and without borders to either geographical or stylistic. The Cadiz Chano Domínguez (piano) and Almeria Niño Josele (guitar) flow in the succession of pieces that come with the explicit title "Chano & Josele". Behind this recording is Fernando Trueba, film director and producer who could see right that jazz and flamenco departing pianist and guitarist has entered them in as deep as beautiful waters. The repertoire interpret it termed "classical music of the century", and will spare no reason.
The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)