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PIANO CUBANO: DE ALGUNAS ZONAS DEL ALMA
NINE PIECES FOR SOLO PIANO COMPOSED AND PLAYED BY MARIETTA VEULENS
Lontano Records LNT 123
The Cuban pianist and composer Marietta Veulens has been living in London since 1991. This recording of her playing her own solo piano music is the first opportunity I have had of encountering her work and it has made a most favourable impression on me. Her music is somewhat difficult to describe but not to listen to, being a kind of admixture of multicultural elements drawn from Afro-Cuban, Latin, jazz and contemporary classical music. It also possesses an element of deep contemplation, though never static in inner momentum, uncomplicated but consistently interesting. The Pieza No II: De algunas zones del alma is an excellent example of Veulens art at its most florid and hypnotic. These works are most beautifully played and recorded throughout and the production by the admirable Odaline de la Martinez is first-rate.
I strongly recommend this interesting and beautiful record of pieces by a fascinating and genuinely musical artist. It deserves every success.
MUSICAL OPINION MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2006