Pauline Viardot-Garcia: Madrid

20 03 2009

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"My Andalusian princess... a true demon, an angel"

Singer, pianist, and composer Pauline Viardot was born into musical royalty. Both parents and her older sister were famous singers — her father, Manuel Garcia, was the first tenor to sing a high C in full voice. Though born and raised in Paris, she obviously cherished her family’s ties to Spain, which she captures in this energetic and flirtatious piece with its flamenco-inspired rhythms and harmonies.





Sebastián Yradier: La Paloma (The Dove)

7 03 2009
Si a tu ventana llega una Paloma, Tratala con cariño que es mi persona.

Si a tu ventana llega una Paloma, Tratala con cariño que es mi persona.

This beautiful tango tells of a man who dreams of running away with a pretty girl, and tells her whenever a dove sings on her window, it is his love song.

This song has been immensely popular – perhaps because it just sounds so characteristically Spanish – and has been performed by classical and popular singers alike from Maria Callas, Placido Domingo,and Beniamino Gigli to Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Julio Iglesias, and Joan Baez.