Love Songs from Spain

“Burn, Heart, Burn” is the translation of the title of the CD “Arded, Corazón, Arded” by Ana María Díaz (Ruimonte). The CD was released in 2014 and is a collection of baroque love songs from Spain. Ms. Díaz Ruimonte painstakenly researched these songs which are not in the libraries of most instrumentalists or singers, in the Spanish National Library, Catedral de Valladolid and the Monasterio de Coimba, according to the CD notes. There are fourteen songs on the disc and they include lyrics by important writers such as Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca, pillars of the Spanish Golden Age. In addition, there is a cantata written by G.F. Handel.

Ms. Diaz Ruimonte’s vocalism for the period is quite fitting–a light soprano which swells and fades in messa di voce on some notes. Her Spanish, as a native speaker, is clear and well prononunced. Unlike some other non-native singers, there is no displacement between language and meaning. She sings naturally in her native language and communicates directly. For baroque specialists and lovers of Spanish art music, this is definitely an interesting and innovative CD to add to your collection. For more information and to purchase the CD, visit her website:


Upcoming engagements include El carro de amor and Soprano Meets Contrabass (with her husband Alan Lewine) on September 12, 2015 in Philadelphia. For tickets: href=””


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s