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The musical equivalent of holiday snaps, with plenty of Spanish soul. Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963) was Cuban; here, Venezuelan-born Clara Rodríguez gives us a friendly and persuasive tour of his homeland, with a few trips to España thrown in. There are 27 pieces in all, the majority of them contained within the three suites. All of them offer song and dance, a laid-back lilt and capricious melodies, often suggestive of times of day, from dawn to dusk and not without some midday heat. Unfailingly engaging, these miniatures are beautifully crafted and full of suggestion. Rodríguez, a pupil of Phyllis Sellick, plays with style, sensitivity and obvious relish, bringing to life just a selection of Lecuona’s large output: he wrote 400 songs, scores for Hollywood films, many piano pieces and a host of orchestral works. This disc is the tip of the iceberg, but there’s nothing cold about it.

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