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World Music CD Reviews Europe

Marta Topferova

By Ernest Barteldes
Published April 27, 2007

Flor Nocturna
World Village

On her new album, this Czech-born singer and quatro player presents mostly original material, all written in Spanish, her adopted second (or maybe third) language. Topferova’s deep, rich voice fits the material perfectly, and she catches your ear from the very first moments. The instrumentation is very sparse, with little more than the quatro, a violin, percussion and acoustic bass. “Zamba Gris” is inspired by the sights and sounds of the singer’s Manhattan street: “Looking at my street/My mind gets disturbed/Screams and garbage/To the sounds of sirens.” The title track is a love letter to the singer’s mother: “Nocturnal flower/That sleeps during the day/Begins to play its melody at night/How much peace you emanate.” One of the disc’s best moments is “Canto Del Otoño” (Fall Song), which is enhanced quite a bit by Yulia Musayelyan’s flute, offering a soft countermelody to Topferova throughout the tune.