This isn't a classical album, really, but a Latin crossover bid by the ambitious and often acclaimed Argentine tenor/conductor JosÉ Cura.
This isn't a classical album, really, but a Latin crossover bid by the ambitious and often acclaimed Argentine tenor/conductor José Cura. He sings a lushly orchestrated set of vintage Latin American love songs in league with conductor Ettore Stratta and arranger/pianist Jorge Calandrelli—it's as much their record as it is his, truth be told. Despite the talent and experience on hand (Stratta and Calandrelli have worked on successful albums like Symphonic Boleros, Symphonic Tangos, etc.), Boleros just tries too hard to be liked, to be loved. The material is very smoochy, conjuring images of poolside cocktail parties in '70s Latin soap operas. Of course, this isn't really any different from—or worse than—Romantic side projects plied over the years by even such grandly irreproachable artists as Plàcido Domingo. The playing and production are first-class, and Cura's manly voice has its appeal in spots. Yet the overall feel is anachronistic and vaguely middle-of-the-road. It'll no doubt sell worldwide by the truckload.—BB