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Chavela at Carnegie Hall

Chavela VargasAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 2, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tommy Boy
  • ASIN: B000EQ46W8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Macorina
2. Un Mundo Raro
3. Sombras
4. Se Me Hizo Facil
5. Soledad
6. Cruz De Olvido
7. El Andariego
8. Vamonos
9. La Noche De Mi Amor
10. Las Simples Cosas
11. Luz De Luna
12. Si No Te Vas
13. La Llorona
14. En El Ultimo Trago
15. Volver...Volver...
16. La Churrasca
17. Hacia La Vida
18. Introduccion

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Product Description

On September 15, 2003 an adoring and sold-out Carnegie Hall audience gathered to pay tribute to a true legend and revolutionary, Chavela Vargas. The New York Times wrote," The audience did not want to let her go, bringing her back for encore after encore." Everyone in attendance was aware of all the magic and history on that stage and in awe of how an eighty four year old woman making her Carnegie Hall debut wielded fearlessness and heartache to command the venue. Fearlessness is what brought her to the public's attention in Mexico in the late 50s when she dressed in men's clothing, smoked cigars, carried a gun and chased women in a time when this was unimaginable. She openly seduced women with Rancheras, Mexican folk songs of love and loss intended to be sung by men that became a transgressive force in her mouth.

Chavela Vargas's voice isn't technically beautiful, per se. It doesn't soar upon lovely melodies or dance among cooing choruses. Rather, the iconic singer's vocals became an integral part of whatever it is she is singing, a natural extension of the music. Vargas' unique approach to a song makes this collection, recorded in September 2003 at Carnegie Hill in New York City, an otherworldly experience. Her singing--withered by love, loss and a decidedly uncommon life--takes root within the rapturous lyrics of Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Agustin Lara, and Cuco Sanchez, among others. The partnership blossoms and grows, often twisting and turning through anger, tears and moments of sheer joy. Vargas lets out pleading cries and guttural growls that make each song entirely her own. Throughout the concert--and amid the disc's lush artwork--Vargas stands as a captivating goddess. Her moments of humanity, however (apologizing for not speaking English, lavishing gushing praise on a few songs) make the experience all the more captivating. --Joey Guerra

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is my 6th Vargas CD and I thought I have heard the best already but after getting this CD I know I was wrong.At Carnage Hall-Live-2003, she was 83 at the time but her voice remains the best ever.ALL SONGS ARE THE BEST, i have heard others in other CDs but this is Chavela who interprets differently in every CD she comes up with.In her own words she said"The years take you to a different feeling than when you were 30, I feel diffently, I interpret diffently, more toward the mystical".Jon Pareles-New York Times says"Ms Vargas's voice has lowered and roughened since her early hits, but she has traded the illusion of youthful innocence for a galvanising sense of drama.Each line of song was a poise surge of emotion.She growled or sighed the word"amor";,she could sound tearful,furious, desolate.She sang of "La Llorona" in a whisper,toa rapt audience""" but something must be clearly stated, the voice is still powerful, when it is lowered it is a matter of style and exprecion of emocion.This CD has come to the top of Vargas first cd was "La Llorona" and "Macorina" which I consider the best ever but they will have to bow down to this CD.Another great thing about this live recording is the superior sound, the engineers must be commended.Oh! the guitarists,Juan Carlos Allende and Miguel Pena Tovar-just listen to Soledad, Cruz De olvido, to be honest there is no particular track that I can say is the best because the whole CD captured my soul.Since I saw the movie "Frida",Julie Taymor's 2002 featuring Salma Hayek,Chavela Vargas I have been collecting everything by Vargas, Cuipama CD will be on my CD shelve soon.By the way this CD will not fit in your normal CD rack because the cover is not the normal size but is bigger with posters of Chavela Vargas, liner notes in English are provided. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A legend July 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Chavela Vargas is a legend without a doubt. A woman who broke so many barriers, and even at her age she is still surprising people. A singer beyond her time and someone who has her own style. Her voice isn't the most beautiful voice, but it's a voice that comes from the soul. Her way of expressing emotion, like the voice of heartbreak itself. At times she whispers, at times she sounds drunk, other times she sounds like she is screaming. The album starts with "Macorina" with the spanish words "20 years....the bodies like flags" Never has "Un Mundo Raro" sounded so unique. The sadness in "Soledad" leaves you in amazement. Loneliness sounds so trong in that song. "La llorona" is one of her most popular songs. Vargas is definitely one of the most unique Latin artists, she is an acquired taste. No hip shaking here, just emotion. Either you are going to like her or you're not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique November 8, 2011
Format:Audio CD
My first exposure to Mexican folk music is this CD. Mesmerizing and electrifying - romantic, intimate, reaches deep, deep, deep into the soul and extracts your sadness, cheerfulness, love and self-worth to the point it almost sums up the richness of life in a single CD. I am speechless, but I dredged up some words just to convince you to try this for yourself, in the hope you'll enjoy this as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best definition of true Mexican feeling July 16, 2010
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Have you ever been asked the question "if you had to pick what cd's would you take with you on the road or to a deserted island?" Well, if you enjoy great music no matter what language you speak, this cd will be one of your top five choices. The feeling that Chavela imprints on each song totally re-arranges your DNA and makes you wish (if you're not) to be Mexican because only true Mexican music can supply you with the type of heart-wrenching words, sobs, and feeling that Chavela delights us with every time. This is a masterpiece that will go down as such in the music history. You don't need much to be great and Chavela proves it here: one voice and two acoustic guitars, and Juan Carlos Allende and Miguel Peña have all the arson that someone like Chavela needs to deliver music from the heart. An unforgetable night that many of us could only dream of being witness to at Carnegie. Salma I hope you realize you are one of the luckiest persons for being able to witness this performance live that night. If I could rate this CD 100 stars I would. It's been many years since its release, and I still can't get enough of it. The effect every time works the same as the very first times. It's magical! Thank you Chavela. Thank you for disecting our music and for putting your signature on it. Thank you for adopting Mexico and for loving our music just as much or more than we do. I also wish that this performace was filmed and hope for its prompt release impatiently. A TRUE MEXICAN MUSIC LOVER.
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