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Duo Melis

by Duo Melis

Duo Melis, by many considered as the best guitar duo in the world, in breathtaking interpretations of Falla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Kapustin, Granados and Ginastera.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. El Sombrero De Tres Picos: Danza De La Molinera
4:21 $0.99
2. El Sombrero De Tres Picos: Danza De Los Vecinos
3:26 $0.99
3. La Vida Breve, Danza No. 2
4:15 $0.99
4. Sonatina Canonica, Op. 196: I. Mosso, Grazioso E Leggero
3:21 $0.99
5. Sonatina Canonica, Op. 196: II. Tempo Di Siciliana
4:03 $0.99
6. Sonatina Canonica, Op. 196: III. Fandango En Rondeau
2:37 $0.99
7. Toccatina
2:35 $0.99
8. Valses Poéticos, Introducción: Vivace Molto - Melódico
3:21 $0.99
9. Valses Poéticos, Tempo Di Valse Noble
1:30 $0.99
10. Valses Poéticos, Tempo Di Valse Lento
1:55 $0.99
11. Valses Poéticos, Allegro Humorístico
0:43 $0.99
12. Valses Poéticos, Allegretto Elegante
1:30 $0.99
13. Valses Poéticos, Quasi Ad Libitum - Sentimental
1:22 $0.99
14. Valses Poéticos, Vivo
0:45 $0.99
15. Valses Poéticos, Epilog – Presto - Melódico
3:20 $0.99
16. Danzas Argentinas: I. Danza Del Viejo Boyero
1:26 $0.99
17. Danzas Argentinas: II. Danza De La Moza Donosa
3:44 $0.99
18. Danzas Argentinas: III. Danza Del Gaucho Matrero
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Classical guitar aficionados, expressing their love towards this instrument, willingly use quotations from great artists. The ideal motto for this album would probably be a quotation attributed to Chopin: “There is nothing more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two…”. The interpretations recorded by Duo Melis, beyond doubt one of the most eminent guitar duos in the world, seem to confirm this statement.
Three impressive, full of energy dances of Manuel de Falla, which open the album, come from his ballet and opera works. The first two dances are an arrangement of two parts from the ballet “El sombrero de tres picos”, the third piece is a dance movement from the opera “La vida breve”. Although Falla did not feel the need to write for the guitar (except his one miniature “Homenaje a Debussy”), we can without difficulty find guitar-like sounds in his orchestral parts because of his deep interest in the Spanish folk music, which was the source of inspiration for him. The guitar arrangements of dances such as fandango (“Danza de la Molinera”) or seguidilla (“Danza de los vecinos”) make us aware of the obvious connection between the music of the Spanish composer and the folk music performed originally with the accompaniment of the guitar.
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, whose Sonatina Canonica Op.196 appears on the CD after Falla’s dances, did not abandon the guitar as a medium to convey his artistic ideas. A meeting with the famous Spanish guitarist Adres Segovia in 1932 initiated his interest in the instrument and bore fruit with over one hundred works, from which most belong to the core of the guitar repertoire. The art of the legendary Presti - Lagoya duo, which Castelnuovo-Tedesco met thanks to Segovia in 1961, inspired him to write the Sonatina for two guitars. Although the composer described the sonatina as a “small, unpretentious work” listening to it may provoke many beautiful impressions. The external parts enchain the attention with virtuosity, dynamism, energy. The middle part is a moving siciliana connecting us with the quintessence of the beautiful guitar sound. The consistency, with which Tedesco uses the canon imitation technique in each part of the piece, is worth paying attention to.
It can be surprising that in the repertoire dominated by the Ibero - American culture we can still find a “Toccatina” written by the Ukrainian composer Nikolay Kapustin. Everything becomes clear after listening to this very impressive, virtuosic composition - jazz improvisations are a very characteristic element of Kapustin’s art. The one improvisation that became the inspiration for “Toccatina” recalls clear associations with the Latin American music in rhythm and melody.
Enrique Granados is another composer, besides de Falla, whose artistic language was inspired by the folk music of Spain. However, the sophistication, lyricism and subtlety of his “Valses poeticos” result rather from his passion for Chopin and Grieg. Whilst listening to the interpretation of Duo Melis’ waltzes one can easily identify that the guitar`s melancholic sound perfectly expresses the mood of these piano miniatures.
“Danzas argentinas” Op. 2 by Alberto Ginastera, a cycle of three piano pieces written in 1937 when the composer was still a student at the conservatory, close the album in a very impressive manner. The entire art of Ginastera is strictly connected with folklore yet the most clear inspirations can be noticed in the early stage of his individual development. In the pieces recorded by Duo Melis, Ginastera used dance forms characteristic of the Argentinean folklore. In the first piece it is chacarera, in the second zamba, and in the third malambo.
Extraordinary sensitivity, natural sense of phrasing, perfect proportions, synchronised breathing accompanied by the wonderful, sophisticated sound and the absolute mastery of the instrument are the key factors to confirm that Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis set new standards in the art of guitar playing. A highly interesting repertoire which underlines the virtues described above should satisfy both the listeners who regularly attend concerts and those for whom it may be the first time listening to guitar music.



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