"Sueños sublimes: música desde el alma" is an album by composer Claudia Montero, winner of four Latin GRAMMY awards. This album contains two concerts: "Vientos del Sur. Concerto for bandoneon and orchestra" and "CONCIERTO en BLANCO y NEGRO for piano and string orchestra". Both works were directed by Lucía Zicos with the assistance of Mariano Frumento and Cristian Mercurio.
Claudia Montero composed "Vientos del Sur. Concerto for bandoneon and orchestra", which was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, the Munchen Philarmoniker and Paladin Projects. Originally written for accordion, but always with the idea of adapting it to the bandoneon, a task carried out by the bandoneonist and soloist in this recording, Julio Coviello. The "CONCIERTO en BLANCO y NEGRO for piano and string orchestra" has Natalia González Figueroa as soloist, who has performed work by the composer Claudia Montero on several occasions, live.
After the painful departure of Claudia Montero on January 16, 2021, the producers of this album: Her twin sister Mercedes Montero, and her close friend Kenya Autie, set out to record these concerts to fulfill Claudia Montero's dream. Claudia Montero’s desire was to reach the hearts of all who would listen to her, and to provoke emotions and feelings. In her own words, "I dream of my music playing all over the world." The composer said that one of the most beautiful things that happened to her was when people came to greet her, "... I feel that at that moment there is a little piece of me that I left in that person. It's like a mission."
"Sueños sublimes: música desde el alma" was recorded by Norberto Villagra at Media Fort Studios in Buenos Aires, and mixed and mastered by Oscar Autie at El Cerrito Records, California. The production of the album was completed during the pandemic, despite the obstacles it presented. Undoubtedly, it was a challenge for all the participants: fifty-five people, including the musicians, the director, and the production team.
Love and respect for Claudia Montero and her work were always present and helped us convey the essence of her music. Claudia Montero wrote from the soul, and hence the album is titled, "Sueños sublimes: música desde el alma" which translates into "Sublime dreams: music from the soul".