“...young Havana pianist Yamile Cruz Montero, a virtuoso of international classical music... an ambassador of Cuban pianism to the world.” – Worldwide Cuban Music
Yamile performs Ernesto LECUONA • Carlos FARIÑAS • Andrés ALÉN
Some of the finest, most stylistically diverse and exciting Cuban piano music can be heard on this recording. Ernesto Lecuona is one of the greatest of all Latin-American composers. "Malagueña", from the "Suite Andalucía", is considered the most powerful representation of Spain in Cuban music. Drawing on the Cuban genres of son and cancíon, the music of Carlos Fariñas radiates vivid colours, while that of Andrés Alén Rodríguez blends song, habanera and jazz influences.
Why Piano Cubano?
“It is a piece of the history of my life and of the country where I was born and raised. During my training as a musician, I performed both international classical works and Cuban repertoire. Both were compulsory in music schools in Havana. I chose for my first album works by Lecuona, Fariñas and Alén, composers with whom I have identified during different stages of my development. I currently live outside Cuba and playing Cuban music for me has become a ‘bridge’ over the Atlantic Ocean, the sun that appears in my room when grey days flood the city, a necessity for the soul.” — Yamilé Cruz Montero