Elegante, New Flute Music from South America, is a pioneering recording conceived and performed by Susan Palma Nidel the renowned flutist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Palma Nidel has appeared on more than 100 recordings in her illustrious career, many as a soloist, mostly for Deutsche Grammophon (DGG) and her recording of the Mozart Flute Concertos has been listed by Gramophone Magazine as the greatest rendering of the pieces of all time. Elegante is the debut solo recording for Ms. Palma Nidel as a leader, and is a foray into New World Music. Guest performers include Ivan Lins (vocals), Branford Marsalis (soprano and tenor Sax), Leo Amuedo, Chico Pinheiro, Quique Sinesi (guitar, violao), Edward Arron (cello), the Borromeo String Quartet, Nilson Matta (bass), Hector del Curto (bandoneon), and Cyro Baptista & Cafe (percussion).
Elegante features compositions by Ivan Lins, Pablo Ziegler, Paquito d'Rivera, Heitor Villa Lobos, Agustin Barrios and Quique Sinesi. The recording is a cohesive, yet diverse journey through various musical genres from South America and the Caribbean including Brazilian MPB, Nuevo Tango and Cuban Son all performed expertly with a classical sensibility, a recording of rare beauty and virtuosity that will inspire listeners to cry, laugh and dance.