There are probably tens of thousands of recordings of Latin American guitar music on the market. Here is a model for making one that permanently stands out from the crowd. First, record it for the classical-jazz label ECM, whose recordings are still sonically innovative after many years of making them. This one, recorded in the studios of Italian-Swiss radio, ought to be an exemplar for guitar recording engineers for years to come. There isn't a trace of extraneous guitar noise, yet it feels as though listeners are in direct communion with the artist, perhaps in the front row at some very exclusive recital. And second, as for the artist, get a rising young player like Czech-Hungarian-Slovak Zsófia Boros, one who has all the technical chops but hasn't let them squeeze out a touch of melancholy and reflection, and has a truly rare cantabile smoothness. Third, pick an inventive program avoiding cliché, touching on some rarer Latin American material, giving pride of place to the greatest of them all, Leo Brouwer, and augmenting that tradition with contemporary pieces that refer to it intelligently. Finally, wrap it up in a booklet that avoids all scholasticism but gives a poem -- here by Roberto Juarroz; Rilke would also work -- that evokes the music profoundly. The result will be truly a musica callada, a music that falls silent, and it will be very hard to beat.
En otra parte Review
by James Manheim