Mercedes Sosa - Corazón Libre (Edge)

01/11/2005

Like her longtime friend Joan Baez (whose artwork adorns Corazon Libre's cover), Mercedes Sosa has spent a lifetime raising her magnificent instrument against oppression and in praise of peace. The Argentine legend, long exiled from her homeland for voicing antimilitaristic sentiments, marks her 70th birthday with this landmark disc that simultaneously celebrates her illustrious past and a future filled with promise.

Like her longtime friend Joan Baez (whose artwork adorns Corazon Libre's cover), Mercedes Sosa has spent a lifetime raising her magnificent instrument against oppression and in praise of peace. The Argentine legend, long exiled from her homeland for voicing antimilitaristic sentiments, marks her 70th birthday with this landmark disc that simultaneously celebrates her illustrious past and a future filled with promise.

A few of the 16 selections are drawn from her beloved folk repertoire, including such classics as "Zamba de Argamonte" and "Tonada del Viejo Amor," and there's a rousing reinterpretation of her signature hit, "Todo Cambia," a hymnlike homily to hope lost and found. But the majority of the album looks forward, not back, as Sosa explores the work of contemporary poets and songwriters whose open-hearted philosophies fit with her own, resulting in such delicately stunning pearls as Pablo Dumit's soft-flowing "Pais" and Rafael Amor's uplifting title track. (traducción)


Christopher Loudon para Jazz Time

 
Al igual que Joan Baez, su amiga de toda la vida (cuya ilustración adorna la tapa de “Corazón Libre”), Mercedes Sosa ha dedicado su vida a levantar su magnífica voz contra la opresión y a favor de la paz.

La leyenda argentina, exiliada de su tierra por mucho tiempo por haber expresado sentimientos antimilitaristas, festeja sus 70 años con este disco señero que celebra simultáneamente su pasado ilustre y un futuro lleno de promesas.

Varias de las 16 selecciones están tomadas de su amado repertorio folclórico, incluyendo clásicos como la “Zamba de Argamonte” y la “Tonada del viejo amor”, y hay una brillante reinterpretación de un hit que lleva su sello, “Todo Cambia”, una homilía-himno a la esperanza perdida y hallada. Sin embargo la mayor parte del álbum mira hacia adelante, no hacia atrás, ya que Sosa explora el trabajo de poetas y letristas cuyas filosofías a corazón abierto coinciden con la suya, resultando en joyas de gran delicadeza como ser la sutil “País” de Pablo Dumit y la radiante canción de Rafael Amor que da nombre al álbum.

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