Alma Española—Isabel Leonard, soprano; Sharon Isbin, guitar (Bridge 9491)
Sharon Isbin and Colin Davin will be in the KeyBank Studio for WCLV’s Frist Fridays show on November 3rd, so we’ve made this new Bridge CD our featured recording this week. Alma Española pairs two Grammy winners, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and guitarist Sharon Isbin in an all-Spanish program. The disc includes twelve arrangements by Ms. Isbin in their premiere recordings. Songs by Federico García Lorca, famous as a poet, lesser known as the composer of incidental music, Manuel de Falla, Xavier Montsalvatge, Agustín Lara and Joaquín Rodrigo, with guitar solos by Granados and Tárrega, make this a very attractive disc. The Philadelphia Inquirer described Leonard & Isbin's performance as “Feasts of beautifully sculpted phrases... glimpses of heaven", and The New York Times referred to the “Soulful depth" of their interpretations. The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society presents Sharon Isbin and Colin Davin is recital on Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm in Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights.
Click here to isten to Angela Mitchell's conversation with Sharon.