This album by composers from South America, Mexico and the Caribbean includes works by Joaquin Nin, Villa-Lobos, Ginastera, Guarnieri, Casals, and Chavez which may be well-known to cellists, though they are certainly not over-recorded and David Moore of the American Record Guide says, "it is very nice to have them all on a single CD played with flair." The CD also includes Casals haunting Song of the Birds. Perhaps the most intriguing piece and certainly the one receiving the most critical attention is an unknown and previously unrecorded work for solo cello, composed in 1984 for Leguía, by Peruvian composer Edgar Valcárcel, of which, David Moore in the American Record Guide said, "and in addition to being the most demanding work-out here for cello and cellist, it packs real musical variety into its seven-plus minutes."
It is also noteworthy to mention that this is the first recording ever made on a carbon fiber cello. Peter M. Knapp of the Patriot Ledger noted that "while made of modern materials instead of traditional wood, the carbon fiber cello Leguía has developed is no cold, high-tech instrument. Crisp, clear and even, its tone quality is outstanding.
"The cellos stability and responsiveness are richly demonstrated in Argentine composer Alberto Ginasteras Pampeana No. 2, a 1950 composition based on folk traditions of the pampa-dwelling Argentine Gauchos. Ginasteras evocative rhapsody exploits the instruments full range, Leguías cello displaying a smooth and sonorous and that human singing quality in the treble that makes the cello so special."
...an impressive display of technique, satisfying collection of music.Theres nothing on here that isnt worth hearing. -- James Miller, Fanfare July 2002
Leguia plays all this highly attractive material with warmth and virtuosity. -- David Moore, American Record Guide, July 2002
sheer delight start to finish, not only for the sound of the instrument itself, but for Leguias seductively tender playing. -- T. Medrick, Boston Herald, May 24, 2002