The Fernández's family penchant for giving lengthy performances is evidenced in this double-disc performance—nearly two hours of music—at Mexico City's venerable Palacio de Bellas

The Fernández's family penchant for giving lengthy performances is evidenced in this double-disc performance—nearly two hours of music—at Mexico City's venerable Palacio de Bellas Artes. One disc features Fernández singing with orchestral accompaniment, while the other focuses on mariachi. What counts here, however, is not the length but the substance. Fernández's vocal strength, which often gets shortchanged in fluffier pop material, is fully showcased in this homage to Mexican popular music, which has him emulating the likes of Plácido Domingo on one end, and his father, Vicente, on the other. Ultimately, what emerges is a very impressive, distinctive singer with a superlative sense of interpretation, equally convincing on his very subtle, almost introspective readings of standards like "Júrame" or on "macho" tracks like "Serenata Huasteca."—LC