Spanish music

'Alma Española' album cover
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That old guitar that you strum from time to time — did you know it has a soul?

If musical instruments are said to have souls, then there is no instrument with a soul more Spanish than the guitar. And now, there is arguably no recording with a more Spanish soul than Alma Española, a new recording of Spanish music performed by two of classical music's most celebrated artists: guitarist Sharon Isbin and vocalist Isabel Leonard.

color photograph of Xuefei Yang reclining with her guitar
Paul Mitchell / EMI Classics

She has been called one of the “best guitarists in the world” and has been hailed for her “feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship.” Guitarist Xuefei Yang is definitely a talent to watch – and you’ll have a special chance to hear her live Friday at 11 a.m. on Classical 101.