When I read poetry that touches me,I become very agitated, my whole body contorts, I vibrate totally, and tears appear in my eyes. It's very strong! I then take the manuscript paper and write the notes. The melody comes easily; everything is very quick; I cannot stop...it's as if I were possessed; suddenly, when I become aware that I found what I wanted, I stand, make gestures, walk, go in circles, laugh or cry, and give thanks to God. The music comes by itself. I am not responsible: one part of my brain has music.
--Carlos Guastavino, in conversation with Carlos Vilo
ReviewsThe writing for voice is that of a composer who sings in imagination as he writes, and so it lies comfortably, encouraging expressiveness without recourse to modernist extremes of vocal range. Ulises Espaillat, a tenor from the Dominican Republic, takes due advantage: we hear a voice which can spend quite a high proportion of the time singing pleasantly at a mezzo forte in the upper-middle register where his tone is at its most attractive. Espaillat catches the dreamy, midday atmosphere of Cita, the affectionate longing of Pueblito, mi pueblo and makes a lovely effect in that most haunting of songs, Se equivico la paloma. He is well accompanied by Pablo Zinger, and the recorded sound is clear and well-balanced.- Gramaphone