Federico Longas’s Aragón
was published in 1935 and dedicated to Horowitz. Ernesto Lecuona, Cuba’s master of coffee-table charm, never wrote anything as insinuating or virtuosic. There are hints of Turina’s La Feria
, Op 2) and Albéniz’s Navarra
, but Longas’s style and content are so scintillating and infectious that only a Puritan could fail to respond.
from notes by Bryce Morrison © 2006