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Summer Skies

by Airstring Duo

An album of 16 original compositions for flute and guitar, composed by Dusan Bogdanovic, Mauro Giuliani, Jacques Ibert, Celso Machado and Astor Piazzolla.
Genre: Classical: Classical era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude
2:34 $0.99
2. Gran Duetto Concertante, Op. 85: I. Allegro maestoso
6:47 $0.99
3. Gran Duetto Concertante, Op. 85: II. Andante molto sostenuto
4:43 $0.99
4. Gran Duetto Concertante, Op. 85: III. Scherzo - Trio
4:29 $0.99
5. Gran Duetto Concertante, Op. 85: IV. Allegretto espressivo
5:29 $0.99
6. Entr'acte
3:25 $0.99
7. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes: Paçoca (Chôro)
2:21 $0.99
8. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes: Quebra Queixo (Chôro)
3:50 $0.99
9. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes: Piazza Vittorio (Chôro Maxixe)
3:08 $0.99
10. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes: Algodão Doce (Samba)
1:37 $0.99
11. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes: Sambossa (Bossa Nova)
1:36 $0.99
12. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes: Pé De Moleque (Samba)
2:17 $0.99
13. Histoire Du Tango: I. Bordel 1900
4:01 $0.99
14. Histoire Du Tango: II. Café 1930
7:46 $0.99
15. Histoire Du Tango: III. Nightclub 1960
6:06 $0.99
16. Histoire Du Tango: IV. Concert D'aujourd'hui
2:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Summer Skies is an album of 16 original compositions for flute and guitar. They have been carefully chosen to correspond with each of the 16 hours of daylight in the Slovene Karst region, where the album has been recorded.

The day starts with Prelude by Dušan Bogdanović, a rhythmical piece with special effects and accents to wake you up in the morning and get ready for a Viennese-style breakfast with Mauro Giuliani, who lived in Vienna when he composed Gran duetto concertante, op. 85. This is where we met during our musical studies and started to play together as AirString Duo.

We both love good food, so we take a lunch break with Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert, a French composer who was fascinated by flamenco. No wonder, as his name strongly suggests the resemblance to the name of the Iberian peninsula, where flamenco originates from...

Brazil is well known for its sweets and good coffee. Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes by Celso Machado is a collection of six pieces in Brazilian rhythms, representing traditional Brazilian sweets such as pé de moleque (child’s feet) or quebra queixo (jaw-breaker). Machado composed this collection in 1985, when he lived near Vittorio Emanuele square in Rome. Every morning he would stop by the market square and buy fresh fruit, bread and sweets. The market reminded him of his homeland, which inspired him to compose the cycle Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes, dedicated both to Brazilian cuisine and the famous Roman market.
While recording the album, we visited Piazza Vittorio in Trieste, which is only half an hour drive away from the studio. The secret of the excellent coffee that you will be served in one of the cafés there lies in the perfectly ground and roasted coffee beans, imported from Brazil. We can't take you to Italy or Brazil, but if you close your eyes and listen carefully to the music, you will almost taste the Brazilian sweets and smell a good Italian espresso.

The last four tracks represent History of Tango by Astor Piazzolla. This musical story will take you through four stages and typical environments in which the Argentinian tango was developed. The first movement, Bordel 1900, goes back to the very origins of the tango dance, which came from the brothels and low cafés of Buenos Aires at the turn of the century and was influenced by the rural milonga. Café 1930 paints the time of the great recession in Argentina. Imagine you are having a coffee in a small café in the dim light of a grey winter afternoon. You have resorted there because your flat is cold and you cannot afford the heating. Right then, a beautiful woman walks in, absorbing you with beauty and radiance. Nightclub 1960 carries you back to the nighttime origins of tango with all the tension, relaxation, temperament and longing. The last movement is Concert d'aujourd'hui, a modern concert version of "tango nuevo", which has emancipated itself from the dance floor and has since lived on the stage as an independent musical creation. Virtuosity with the spicy Argentinian temperament invites you to enjoy the evening out after the sunset.



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