“The relationship that existed between Rossini and our country is generally well known. As José Luis Téllez very well brings to our attention in his introductory lines, his first wife was a Spaniard, the great singer Isabella Colbran. Much further than limiting himself to the Barber of Seville, Spanish themes keep appearing in his songs, without forgetting his Stabat Mater, which was premiered in Madrid. It was an excellent idea to assemble all the songs related to Spain. The result is an attractive journey thru this repertoire that was being interpreted in the Parisian salons of the 1880’s. A “minor” musical genre, although this does not take away its charm, is served in an adequate and solvent manner.
ABC, December 5, 2015