Jaime Leon - Misa Breve, Pequena Pequenita, Songs | Toccata Classics TOCC0142

Jaime Leon - Misa Breve, Pequena Pequenita, Songs

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0142

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd March 2015

Contents

Artists

Sarah Cullins (soprano)
Gemma Coma-Alabert (mezzo soprano)
Mac McClure (piano)
Tonos Humanos
Arcadia Chamber Choir
EAFIT Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Cecilia Espinosa Arango

Works

Leon, Jaime

Algun dia
Aves y ensuenos
Cancion de Noel
Cuando lejos, muy lejos
Misa breve
Pequena pequenita
Serenata
Siempre

Artists

Sarah Cullins (soprano)
Gemma Coma-Alabert (mezzo soprano)
Mac McClure (piano)
Tonos Humanos
Arcadia Chamber Choir
EAFIT Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Cecilia Espinosa Arango

About

Born in 1921, Jaime León is now the Grand Old Man of Colombian music, and this is the first internationally released CD dedicated to his music – a long time to wait.

A vital figure in the development of Colombian art-music, León has been pianist (he is a grand-student of Clara Schumann and Brahms), conductor, teacher, administrator and composer. His Misa breve, here receiving its first recording, has an innocent sincerity reminiscent of Poulenc’s religious music. The word-setting in his songs is subtle and imaginative, but with melodic immediacy and an uncomplicated appeal

This release is a truly international one, with American and Spanish soloists, an American pianist and Colombian conductor, with soloists, orchestra and choirs on a London-based label run by a Scotsman. The American soprano Sarah Cullins recently returned to the USA after years as head of the voice programme at the Universidad Central in Bogotá, her base for her operatic appearances in Latin America. The Spanish mezzo soprano Gemma Coma-Alabert has sung widely in opera houses all across Europe.

The Colombian conductor Cecilia Espinosa Arango is Director of the Music Department of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Antioquia, and Musical Director at the Musical Institute Diego Echavarria, founding the School of Music and serving as Head of the Department of Music at the University EAFIT in Medellín.

The American pianist Mac McClure is internationally recognised for his in-depth knowledge of Spanish music. He has recorded more than 40 CDs for Columna Musica.

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