Sunday, May 24, 2009

Leo Brouwer's Version of Beatles Tune 'Penny Lane' Opens Cubadisco Guitar Fiesta May 21

[Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)]
By Irina Echarry
HAVANA TIMES, May 23 - Cubadisco is an annual event created to stimulate the production and quality of Cuban recordings. Several categories are awarded, performances are given, discussions are carried out, and homage is paid to prominent figures of the music world. Last Thursday at the Amadeo Roldan Theater in Havana, it was the guitar’s turn to celebrate one of its most fervent lovers: maestro Leo Brouwer, considered as one of the greatest musical creators in the contemporary world. He is, in essence, a guide of the Cuban and universal guitar, and the winner of this year’s National Cinema Prize for his soundtracks.”

The orchestra Sonantas Habaneras opened the evening with a brilliant version of the Beatles Penny Lane, written by Brouwer. Starting from that moment no audience voices were heard - only the sound of strings and applause.” “Works from Brouwer’s repertoire were interpreted, as were several by Latin American giants such as Astor Piazzolla, Agustín Barrios, Abelardo Barroso and Noel Nicola.” [Full Post] [Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) and Amadeo Roldán (1900-1939) are profiled at]

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