Garcia Leoz - Luna clara: Complete Art Songs | Odradek Records ODRCD403

Garcia Leoz - Luna clara: Complete Art Songs


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Label: Odradek Records

Cat No: ODRCD403

Barcode: 0810042704039

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th November 2020



Odradek Records is delighted to present 'Luna clara': the complete art songs of 20th-century Spanish composer Jesús García Leoz in sumptuous, intimate performances by soprano Mar Morán and pianist Aurelio Viribay.

Jesús García Leoz is perhaps best known for his film music and for his Tríptico de canciones, three songs featured on this release and justly famous for their folk-like beauty. Yet there are many other riches here to be discovered, finding passionate advocates in the Spanish artists Mar Morán and Aurelio Viribay. The varied stylistic range of García Leoz's creations in this field takes us from popular culture to translucent and sophisticated textures approaching Ravel's soundworld, moving through some of the most important stylistic currents of the first half of the 20th century including neoclassicism, impressionism and expressionism. García Leoz's endless inspiration has produced songs so personal that they are different according to the poetic texts from which they are drawn, adapting himself in chameleon-like manner to the styles of the poets he sets.

'Luna clara' takes its name from the first of García Leoz's Cinco canciones: this was the first song that these two musicians ever worked on together, and also the title of one of their earliest recitals.

Soprano Mar Morán has graced the stages of many of the major opera houses of the world, with notable roles including Mozart's Queen of the Night and memorable performances at venues including Madrid's Auditorio Nacional de Música, Juan March Foundation and the Teatro Real, where she made her debut, and the Festival Castell de Peralada in Barcelona. Mar Morán has recently joined the International Opera Academy in Ghent for its programme, Opera Studio.

Aurelio Viribay studied in his native Spain and in Vienna, becoming a specialist in the history and performance of Spanish art song, a subject he teaches as Professor at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid.

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