Maritim

COMPOSERS: Marina Rossell
LABELS: World Village/Harmonia Mundi
WORKS: Maritim
PERFORMER: Marina Rossell (voice), etc
CATALOGUE NO: 498004

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Nations within Spain are the source of two releases. Marina Rossell is a Catalan singer-songwriter with a genius for melody that catches the rhythm of her poetry. On Maratim, there’s a touch of bossanova about the first number’s hushed delivery and laid-back percussion, and even when more upbeat the delivery remains intimate.

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About half the material in these songs of love and travel is hers, and she transforms the rest according to her own vision – even the unlikely finale, the national hymn of Catalunya which is aggressive enough to make the British anthem sound restrained.