Redentor Romero


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AllMusic Review by David Gonzales

The late Philippine international conductor Redentor Romero was also a skilled violinist, one of the best ever in the Philippines, and made several albums showcasing his talents, including the beautiful Romance. The album features Redentor Romero playing passionate, romantic violin on a number of standards, including Jerome Kern's All the Things You Are and F. Schubert's Serenade. Although Redentor Romero can play superb jazz, as shown on other releases, here he plays in a straightforward manner, although he adds embellishments where he sees fit. Many songs are played in a minor key, which can sound mournful but also dramatic and emotive. On the slow, sensuous title song, "Romance," for example, which is played in a minor key, Redentor Romero delves into the lower register of the violin and plays slow, emotive notes, each draw of his bow bringing forth passion and ardent emotion. The skill and passion that Redentor Romero imparts to his playing is palpable. Aside from violin, Redentor Romero is accompanied by sympathetic, excellent piano throughout. Also heard is a beautiful "Czardas," which opens on a slow and mournful minor key, and then changes to a spirited tempo during which Redentor Romero plays blindingly fast passages, later returning to the slow, sensuous mood. This is an excellent, romantic album.