Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fracanapa - Polly Ferman & Camerata Romeu

Camerata Romeu, headquartered in Havana, Cuba, is one of the best chamber orchestras in the world and certainly the best in the specialty niche of Latin American chamber music. It is the creation of the remarkable Zenaida Romeu and has been made famous through the movie, Cuba Mia. You can learn more about the Camerata and see their performance of Libertango in this earlier blog posting. Camerata Romeu is joined in today's video performance of Fracanapa by Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman and Italian accordionist, Antonio Peruch.

Ms. Ferman, currently a resident of New York City, is well known around the world for her piano interpretations of music not only of "serious" Latin American composers but, more recently, also of classic tango music. The latter has been captured in her latest touring show, Glamour Tango, which will at the Teatro Maipo in Buenos Aires in March and April of 2011. If you are fortunate enough to be able to attend a performance of Glamour Tango you are guaranteed to hear some superb classic tango as well as some nuevo tango from Piazzolla and Daniel Binelli. Ms. Ferman has an impressive discography but if you must limit your collection, the one to buy is Imagenes: Argentina y Uruguay, which she recorded with Binelli in 2001.

The performance in today's video was captured live in a performance at the Amadeo Roldán, the most important musical venue in Cuba. The notes attached to the video suggest the performance was in February but this review from the Havana Times suggests it was held on March 6, 2010. Perhaps there were multiple performances. That same review indicates the concert also included performances of Melodia en la menor and Aconcagua (more properly known as Concierto para bandoneón y orquesta). It would be a real treat to see those also but they have not yet made it to YouTube.

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