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Krishan Oberoi
American Record Guide, September 2018

Baritone Conde approaches this repertoire with suave lyricism and commanding vocal presence. Though he is sometimes stentorian, he nevertheless proves agile when necessary, particularly in the nimble, dance-like rhythms of the 2012 3 Canciones.

 Soprano Toba, often confined here to her upper middle register, makes the most of these limitations, and it is fortunate that her instrument has the dark beauty of a mezzo voice. When she does move to her upper notes, she reveals a high register that is nicely pointed. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2018

Born in 1957, this disc contains the complete works for solo voice and piano by the Spanish-born Constancio Hernaez, a composer still working in a purely tonal world. Though he has composed a guitar concerto, much of his modest output has been within the area of chamber or vocal music, his six groups of songs each using words by leading Spanish poets, including Garcia Lorca, Garcia Lopez and Pedro Provencio. The recording uses as the soloists, the soprano, Marta Toba, and the much experienced baritone, Jose Manuel Conde, who I assume are the composer’s choice. Both largely work in the opera houses on the international circuit, and have the extent of vibrato demanded in projecting in the theatre. The layout of the enclosed booklet would indicate that the release is mainly aimed at the Spanish market, with the words to the songs printed in Spanish and without a translation. As the programme notes giving little or no information of the content of the poems, I can tell you precious little about the characterisation of the text by the singers, or as to whether the piano part reflects the words, though as here performed the songs musically make for attractive listening. Balance between the singers and the piano of the admirable Sebastian Marine is well judged. © 2018 David’s Review Corner





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