Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin: Asturiana (ECM New Series/Ode)

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Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin: Triste
Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin: Asturiana (ECM New Series/Ode)

Although subtitled "Songs from Spain and Argentina" and Levin saying these pieces are "unabashedly flamboyant", there is little of that passionate looseness here in these viola and piano duets, rather a more stately drawing room feel is brought to these transcriptions of folk-influenced songs, seven by Manuel de Falla.

This has all the feel of an especially sensitive recital, and Kashkashian on viola adopts the intonation and phrasing of the human voice to carry these songs into deeply emotional territory.

Not for everyone as it requires some quiet consideration -- but it goes very well with light red and dusk. Lovely.

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