Antonio Machín

Lamento Esclavo 1932-1938

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Machín's operatic gifts are best appreciated on Lamento Esclavo, the title track of a disc documenting his recordings between 1933 and 1938. "Lamento Esclavo" is unforgettable; on the strength of this tune alone, Machín could rival the Argentine tango singer Carlos Gardel as the greatest Latin American vocalist of the 1930s. Written by Moises Simons, "Lamento Esclavo" is an artfully crafted tune that builds in drama and ends on a breathtaking high note. He approaches it more as an aria than a popular song; his voice is pressed to the limit and he thrills with his effort. Also outstanding is "Blanca Rosa," which features a strong melody and a coloratura performance by Machín.