It's curious why there are not more compositions for cello and guitar duo. The two overlap greatly in range, have wonderfully complementary timbres, and possess virtually none of the inherent balance problems encountered when pairing the cello with the more commonplace piano. The guitar is often thought of in term of Spanish or Latin-influenced music, and though there have been many compositions written for the cello by composers from these parts of the world, precious few have bothered to incorporate the guitar as a duo partner. Why? Good question, so thinks cellist Anne Gastinel and guitarist Pablo Márquez on their album entitled Ibérica. The disc features an immensely pleasing array of works by Manuel de Falla, Gaspar Cassadó, and Enrique Granados, for solo cello, solo guitar, and, by way of masterful transcription, cello and guitar duo. Though French by birth, Gastinel plays with completely convincing Latin flair and panache. Her immaculate technique allows her to emphasize each subtle nuance, every flashy ornament, and every detailed rubato with the utmost ease. Márquez is likewise a master of his craft; the two artists joined together makes for an enthralling and wholly satisfying listening experience. Both provide listeners with powerfully stylized solo performances, but it is when they perform in tandem that listeners are really treated to the amazing sonorities that these two instruments are capable of producing.