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SOS

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Interpreter: Mercedes Peon
Label: Fol Musica/BOA
Location: Spain

SOS ('Save Our Souls', the emergency signal sent by shipwrecked sailors of old) is emblazoned in Morse code on the cover of the black metal box in which this disc is housed. It couldn't be much more black, to be honest. And perhaps the underlying message is equally serious - my command of Spanish doesn't allow me to penetrate the lyrical depths available to any neophyte Hispanophile. But the instrumentation - martial, commanding, strident, often discordant - indicates that it may well be. Here's to a quick fandango before flinging oneself off the bridge of sighs. Magnificent contemporary art music.

MG/22.12.2010