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NEW 2014 CD release (Com)Passionate!
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“(Com)Passionate Music includes two contrasting movements: I. Passionate is very energetic and powerful, and II. Compassionate is vulnerable and warm. Passion, the zeal within you, makes you move forward; and compassion, the heart for others, compels you to reach out. Passion and compassion together seem more effective than one without the other.” – Elliott Bark
Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 is a monumental work originally written for solo piano. Inspired by J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, the full piece is over two and a half hours long and cycles through all 24 major and minor keys. Each key contains a prelude and a fugue in contrasting style. The three selected for this recording are Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, No. 5 in D Major, and No. 24 in D Minor.
Debussy’s six-movement suite Children’s Corner was written for solo piano and was dedicated to his daughter Claude-Emma who was three years old at the time of composition. It was not intended to be performed by children, but is rather an adult’s nostalgic reminiscence of childhood which features several children’s toys brought to life musically. It was published in 1908 and in 1911 the work was arranged for an orchestra by Debussy’s good friend André Caplet.
2012 CD release From Spain to Tango is finally out!The CD explores the music of three countries: Spain, Brazil and Argentina. The CD starts with two dances from De Falla’s ballet El Amor Brujo and opera La Vida Breve, works well-known among both guitar and the violin playing communities as an attractive concert showpieces. They are followed by beautiful lullaby-like Andante, originally composed as a second movement of Sonatina in A-major for guitar solo, and famous Asturias, originally written for piano solo. Anacleto de Medeiros, a Brazilian schottische composed as part of Suite Retratos for two guitars, leads to Paulo Bellinati’s Jongo, a dance and musical genre of black communities from southeast Brazil. The CD closes with three tangos by Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player who has revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style named “nuevo tango” by incorporating elements from jazz, classical music and traditional tango music.
MANUEL DE FALLA (1876-1946)From El Amor Brujo 1 Danza Ritual del Fuego From La Vida Breve 2 Danza Espanola FEDERICO MORENO TORROBA (1891-1982) From Sonatina in A major 3 Andante ISAAC ALBENIZ (1860-1909) 4 Asturias RADAMES GNATTALI (1906-1988) 5 Anacleto de Medeiros PAULO BELLINATI ( b. 1950) 6 Jongo ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) 7 Primavera Portena 8 Oblivion 9 Tango No 3