Bach por flamenco
By walterbays on Nov 15, 2007
Today's music is Bach por flamenco by Miriam Méndez, a pianist and composer from Seville who studied with Riccardo Chailly. In SPEC we have fair use rules regarding competitive performance claims. If you say your system is the fastest, you must say the fastest what. For example I couldn't just claim that UltraSPARC T2 is fastest on a high performance computing benchmark without mentioning that is in comparison to other single chip systems and telling where the data came from, thus allowing the reader to easily see that there are faster multi-chip systems. Often the subsets make sense in terms of real customer needs. But sometimes the descriptions of the class of results being compared becomes rather strained as marketers from many companies try to find some delineation that will allow them to claim the #1 spot.
With that in mind, let me state unequivocally that Méndez' is the best flamenco interpretation of the Bach preludes and fugues that I have ever heard! And if you can't imagine such a thing, all the more reason to take a listen. It's quite nice to listen to - one of those unusual combinations that seems natural once you hear it.