VIFF 2016: Playing Lecuona


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      Three modern pianists celebrate the music and romantic allure of Ernesto Lecuona, whose name might be forgotten although genre-stretching songs like “Malagueña” and “Andalucia” are very much still with us.

      The well-travelled musicians are Michel Camilo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and, most crucially, Chucho Valdés, whose father, Bebo, was a student of the maestro. The audio recording, as you would hope, is spectacular, and although it seems churlish to complain, the lengthy on-screen performances come at the expense of more cultural context. There are some lovely images here, though, especially when Camilo goes to the Canary Islands.


      Places to go nearby

      Approx. 15 minutes away