Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) is considered by many to be one of Cuba’s greatest composers. Writing in a diverse range of forms, his style was broad, embracing the entire scale between moody/stormy pictures to lilting/strolling daydreams. “Andalucia (The Breeze & I)” is one of our favorites and The Selmanaires have covered it a few times, hopefully we’ll do a recording in the future. It was also a very popular song in the late 50’s/ early 60’s and there are many versions (check out one on the THRIFT STORE MUSIC mix here on the blog).
This collection has six recordings made by Alfredo Munar, whom Lecuona called “…beyond doubt…the best interpreter of my music.” Percussion is by Candido & Lenny Calderon. Five pieces are performed by Ernesto Lecuona himself and there is an orchestral version of “Gitenerias”.
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