CD Spotlight: Corazon by John-Henry Crawford
Cellist John-Henry Crawford was in Mexico, competing in the IX International Carlos Prieto Cello Competition, when he fell in love. It was that trip when he began his romance with Latin America – the culture, the history, the language and above all, the music. Crawford’s brand new CD, Corazón is a testament to that passion.
The CD is hot off the presses, and filled with pieces by some of the great Latin American composers: Manuel Poncé, Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Leo Brouwer and more, spanning over 140 years. His collaborators are pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion and guitarist Jiji, who was just in town to perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Crawford is no stranger to public radio listeners; as a teenager, he made two appearances on From the Top. Now’s he’s playing in recitals around the country, garnering glowing reviews wherever he performs. Corazón is his second release and Henry says, “As the title suggests, this music pulls at the heartstrings and exudes romance and passion." It is a perfect love letter.
And if you were wondering, John-Henry Crawford won that competition in Mexico.