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Bernstein, Coleridge-Taylor, Piazzolla: Heritage / Castro, Labazevitch

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Violinist Aisha Syed Castro (b.1989) may well be one of the most remarkably gifted musicians to come from the Dominican Republic and the team at Divine Art are tremendously excited to have signed this young virtuoso for an album of works with principally American and Latin roots. She has been described as a ’virtuoso’ by the press on three continents, and has not only engaged in a busy and highly successful performing career but is tireless in her work for the underprivileged. Aisha is the Honorary Cultural Goodwill Ambassador of the Dominican Republic and works devotedly through charitable ventures (some of which she founded) to bring classical music to the underprivileged and socially disadvantaged.

In her new album, Aisha has brought together a program of works that have special meaning for her, many from Spanish/ Latin/ American sources, including extracts from West Side Story, works by the Dominican maestro Rafael Solano, music from Black composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still, and well-known miniature masterpieces by Piazzolla, Granados, and Albeníz. A special piece for the artist is ‘Aisha’s Dance’ from Khachaturian’s Gayaneh ballet, which she has played since she was 15. This recording was made in April 2019 in England and is a sparkling program of masterworks. Aisha’s musical partner here is pianist Martin Labazevitch, who also arranged the closing track, a medley of hymns dear to Aisha including a beautiful rendering of the timeless ‘Amazing Grace’. Martin is a Steinway artist who has attracted rave reviews around the world for his lyricism and intensity of performance.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: DDA25229

  • UPC: 809730522925

  • Label: Divine Art