Josu Gallastegui | Nere Herriko Doinuak

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Nere Herriko Doinuak

by Josu Gallastegui

The superb Basque pianist interprets the subtle, romantic music of his homeland for audiences everywhere. Discover the traditional folk songs, classic dances, classical masterworks, and distinctive sounds of Basque songwriters today ....
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aurresku (Saludo)
0:44 $0.99
2. Agurra (Contrapas)
2:56 $0.99
3. Dantza (Danza)
0:30 $0.99
4. Espata Dantza (Baile de Las Espadas)
1:18 $0.99
5. Makilak (Baile de Los Palos)
1:51 $0.99
6. Agate Deuna (Santa Agueda)
1:41 $0.99
7. Galtzaundi (Calzas Grandes)
1:59 $0.99
8. Adio Ene Maitia (Adios Amada)
2:13 $0.99
9. Eleizara Joan Nintzan (Fui a La Iglesia)
1:18 $0.99
10. Begiak Parrez (Con Los Ojos Sonrientes)
1:18 $0.99
11. Atzo Tun Tun (Ayer Trabajando)
2:46 $0.99
12. Hiru Damatxo (Tres Mozas)
4:01 $0.99
13. Eleizatikan (De La Iglesia Al Convento)
1:20 $0.99
14. Ume Eder Bat (Hermoso Nino)
2:35 $0.99
15. Baionatik Bilbora (De Bayona a Bilbao)
2:57 $0.99
16. Xarmangarria (Muy Agradable)
4:20 $0.99
17. Baldorba (Baldorba)
4:49 $0.99
18. Haurtxo Txikia (El Nino Esta Llorando)
2:06 $0.99
19. Gaste Gastetatikan (Desde Muy Joven)
2:19 $0.99
20. Hara Nun Diran (Mira Los Montes)
3:11 $0.99
21. Oinazez (Dolor)
2:10 $0.99
22. Viva Navarra (Jota de Concierto)
5:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
In Nere Herriko Doinauk, Basque pianist Josu Gallastegui brings the subtle, romantic music of his homeland to audiences everywhere. The selections include traditional Basque folk songs and lullabies, a suite of classic Basque dances, Benito Lertxundi’s evocative ballad, Baldorba, topped off by Gallastegui’s splendid performance of Joaquin Larregla’s unforgettable Jota de Concierto.
Born in Bilbao, Josu Gallastegui is an acclaimed performer, accompanist, and composer. He has played with orchestras, chamber groups, singers, and performed as a soloist throughout Europe, Russia, Latin America, and the United States, including concerts at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Reviewers have noted the “great precision, sensitivity, and transparent quality” of his performances, and composer Aram Khachaturian, attending one of Josu’s Moscow performances, called him “a very sensitive pianist and extraordinary accompanist.”
Josu is also one of the world’s most accomplished and beloved ballet pianists. In a career spanning decades, he has worked with American Ballet Theater, Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, The Julliard School, Mark Morris Dance Group, School of American Ballet, and the Real Conservatorio de Danza in Madrid. He has worked with leading dancers and choreographers including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cynthia Gregory, Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, Allegra Kent, Gelsey Kirkland, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Sokolow, and Ross Stretton among many others. Mikhail Baryshnikov has called Gallastegui “a superb musician with a remarkable sensitivity for ballet.”
Among his numerous recordings are Venezuelan Waltzes & Joropos, released in 2006, and Pas de Basque, a collection of original music for ballet class—a recording Allegra Kent described as “one of the most beautiful ballet albums ever.” Gallastegui has released more than a dozen recordings for ballet, most of which include his own compositions, along with his arrangements and interpretations of music from every corner of the globe.



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Sophia M.

An Exquisite Musical Experience
Josu Gallastegui takes us into his home and soul with this collection of heart-warming songs from the Basque. A melancholic sweetness permeates throughout, offering one a glimpse into the serenity and gentility of the Basque Country, bucolic nature, people and traditions.

The songs evoke, in turn, joy, nostalgia, playfulness, reminiscence, and wistfulness. Mr. Gallastegui subtly brings out the unexpectedly delightful directions that a melody takes, unveiling yet another layer of beauty, much like the discovery of a hidden village embedded in the mountains, brought to sight by a winding in the road.

Likewise, Mr. Gallastegui renders the changes in tempi within a song, with intention, offering the listener numerous rhythmic surprises. With a quiet stateliness, he takes us through a simple melody with accompaniment, perfect on its own, and opens us up to its wonders through variations that include an elaboration of a baseline, musical syncopations, extra layers of harmony and, broken chords.

One will recognize a few of the selections from Mr. Gallastegui's previous album of extraordinary Basque music, A Journey Home, an album that he masterfully arranged for ballet class. However, one listens with sharpened awareness on this album to what seems like the same and yet, is not, as he brings out a different aspect of a piece - a sonorous base, an intricate rhythm, an embellishment in the melody.

There is a joy in making all of these musical discoveries. Upon listening to this album several times, one finds oneself drawn into the uniqueness of the Basque mood as Mr. Gallastegui lovingly attends to the intimate interaction of melody, harmony and rhythm to bring us this sublime experience.