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Tom Moore
American Record Guide, May 2018

This debut release by a young Cuban pianist makes a very good case for the compositions she includes and her skills in presenting them. Lecuona is represented by two of the six Afro-Cuban Dances and an extended Suite Andalucia, with a rather Paris-scented look at typically Spanish material. The seven Sones Sencillos (Simple sons) all from Havana ca. 1960 except for the last, are a real find—very beautiful, short, memorable, and seemingly easy—it is hard to believe that some enterprising music publisher has not already made these known world-wide to young pianists. The set of Variations on Silvio Rodriguez’s Theme are attractive, but perhaps not as immediately striking. Cruz Montero plays everything with beauty and grace. A lovely disc—don’t miss it. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Robert Nemecek
Piano News, May 2018

Thanks to a congenial tonal technique, the Cuban’s playing was captured in all its beguiling sensuality. © 2018 Piano News



Latizón TV, January 2018

Piano Cubano is a pleasure to hear for all lovers of classical music who wish to broaden their musical horizon with an exciting and interesting musical programme. By doing so, they will also discover a rising young pianist who has only just begun to exploit her full musical potential. © 2018 Latizón TV



Records International, December 2017

Drawing on the genres of son and canción Carlos Fariñas’s Cantero radiates vivid color while the music of Andres Alen Rodríguez blends song, habanera and jazz influences. © 2017 Records International



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2017

Piano Music from South America over eight decades with three composers born in Cuba and from different stylistic eras, including Ernesto Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia. He became an internationally famous concert pianist, and can be seen as one of the original and the finest composers of Latin-American classical music. Best known for the Suite Andalucia, a score in the shape of six Spanish dances, the finale, a Malaguena, became a ‘pop’ classic with an infectious melody that lodges in the brain and will not go away. On the other hand I guess few would tell you the name of the composer! Around the time that was being written in the 1930’s, Carlos Farinas was born in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos. He was one of the earliest composers to take Spanish influenced material into the avant garde of the twentieth century, his musical education having taken place in North America and Russia. Sones Sencillos was a product of the second half of the century, with jazz finding a place in his musical repertoire, though he looked to that genre only when it brought him attractive rhythms. Finally to Andres Alen Rodriguez—to give him his full name—and to music of our own time in a mode that is a crossover between today’s ‘pop’ culture and the classics, jazz being the constant provider of rhythms, the Variations inspired by a song from the Cuban folk-singer, Silvio Rodriguez. We have become familiar with a more urgent account of Lecuona’s Malaguena, but that apart, you will enjoy the playing of the young Cuban pianist, Yamile Cruz Montero, her dexterity is admirable, and I guess she would make an outstanding jazz pianist. The recording by Bavarian Radio features an odd sounding Steinway piano. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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