I don’t know anything about Frantz Casseus, but he sounds like he would be a nice guy in life. There’s just some weirdly friendly quality to Haitian Dances that hit me hard.
Haitian Dances is a short collection of very classical guitar pieces from the early fifties that stays entrenched in very neutral territory. Casseus’s style is quiet and reserved, technical without the show-offy attitudes of a lot of other classical guitarists. Different time, location, and mindset I guess.
Things never elevate in the twenty five minutes here, but I was never bored. The selection and technique just kept reminding me of a friend reciting a few pieces in the corner of a room. And that’s all there really is to say about it.
1.Suite No. 1: Petro 3:28
2.Suite No. 1: Yanvalloux 2:25
3.Suite No. 1: Mascaron 3:16
4.Suite No. 1: Coumbite 2:25
Loose, romantic guitar picking that moves slow enough to grab and hold onto.