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Guitar Duo

by McClelland-Cousté Duo

An all-duo album featuring original compositions by some of the foremost artists in the history of the guitar such as the legendary Andrés Segovia, the Italian virtuoso Mauro Giuliani and more...
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Divertimento
2:42 $0.99
2. Variazioni Concertanti, Op. 130
11:12 $0.99
3. Nocturne, Op. 37
3:04 $0.99
4. Imagens Do Nordeste
5:34 $0.99
5. Sambinha
2:06 $0.99
6. Micro Piezas: I. Tranquillo
1:04 $0.99
7. Micro Piezas: II. Allegro vivace
1:38 $0.99
8. Micro Piezas: III. Vivacissimo Muy Ritmico
1:02 $0.99
9. Micro Piezas: IV. Andantino
1:26 $0.99
10. Suite Latina: I. Milonga Al Sur
3:24 $0.99
11. Suite Latina: II. Coroto (Vals)
1:56 $0.99
12. Suite Latina: III. Canción
1:49 $0.99
13. Suite Latina: IV. Bossa Nova
2:19 $0.99
14. Suite Latina: V. Son
3:14 $0.99
15. Suite Latina: VI. Bambuco (Jengibral)
2:16 $0.99
16. Milonga
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recommended by Classical Guitar Magazine:
"Vincea McClelland and Raymond Cousté show themselves to be players and musicians of very high standards, both in their solo settings as well as in ensemble. The recording quality is first-class and all in all this is a very enjoyable recording indeed and one to play repeatedly" (Steve Marsh)

"The McClelland-Cousté Duo brings together two outstanding virtuosos" Greenwood Classical Guitar Society, London
"Exceptional guitarists...sublime" El Libertador, Argentina
"A stunning concert...riveting" Southampton Classical Guitar Society, England
"Musicians provide artful work (headline) Few audiences listen as hard as this one did" Halifax Chronicle Herald, Canada

McClelland-Cousté Duo Interview in Guitare Classique Magazine (France):
Q: Why did you dedicate the album to Leo Brouwer?
A: We had each met him separately, while we were students, long before meeting each other. We like and admire him not only as a multi-talented artist, but as one of our most important composers. Where would the guitar be without him?

Album notes by Vincea McClelland:
The legendary Andrés Segovia was one of the greatest guitarists of all time and undoubtedly the greatest of the 20th century. His extraordinary performances and tireless quest for new music established the classical guitar as a respected concert instrument and considerably enlarged its repertoire. Segovia's creative genius is evident also in his delicate and poetic compositions of which the Divertimento is an excellent example.

Born in Italy in 1781, Mauro Giuliani was one of the most important European guitar virtuosi of the early 19th century. He spent much of his professional life in Vienna where he achieved great success and became known as the "Paganini of the guitar". Towards the end of his life Giuliani returned to Italy and lived in Naples where he performed frequently in duo with his daughter Emilia. The Variazioni Concertanti for two guitars, published posthumously circa 1840, was perhaps composed for one of their concert programmes. Whatever the circumstances, the work is clearly intended to showcase the performer of the first guitar part, while the second plays at a more modest technical level suitable for a favourite student or amateur.

Antoine de Lhoyer, born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1768, was another renowned and prolific guitarist-composer of the 19th century whose music has deservedly been rediscovered in recent years. He led a colourful, wanderlust existence, escaping Revolutionary France to pursue military activities in exile in Germany and Russia. Throughout his life he maintained a parallel career in music-making with equal devotion and distinction until his death in Paris at the age of 84. This charming Nocturne is from a collection of six works.

The two pieces by Celso Machado were taken from an album of popular Brazilian music for two guitars. A percussionist and vocalist as well as a brilliant guitarist, Celso Machado was born in Ribeirão Preto near São Paulo in 1953. In concert, his inventive and colourful performances feature rhythms and timbres from diverse cultural origins as well as from his native Brazil. Imagens do Nordeste, "Images of the Northeast", was inspired by the drylands of the Brazilian northeast. Sambinha is a favourite with our students and audiences as is Jorge Cardoso’s famous Milonga with its engaging solo/duo structure and dance rhythm. The milonga is a late 19th century dance from Buenos Aires, forerunner of the tango.

The multi-talented Cuban guitarist, composer and conductor Leo Brouwer has made a unique and outstanding contribution to the repertoire. His highly original and impressive range goes from the avant-garde to folk-influenced music in a wide variety of instrumental formations. One of his earliest compositions, Micro Piezas, pays homage to Darius Milhaud and the group of French composers known as Les Six. In a brilliant dialogue between the two guitars, these clever miniatures make use of polyrhythms, polytonality and dissonance, as well as lyrical melodies, to create one of Brouwer's finest and most celebrated works.

The Suite Latina, by the talented Venezuelan Alfonso Montes, is a collection of pieces inspired by the different countries of Latin America. Originally grouped as "Four Pieces in Popular Style", the two final movements, Son (inspired by the music of Cuba and the Caribbean) and Bambuco were added to form the entire Suite. Milonga al sur is dedicated to the renowned Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. Coroto is a Venezuelan waltz written for Alfonso’s mother who has a particular fondness for the French painter Corot. The Canción is a nostalgic evocation of a favourite country house in Venezuela, Quinta Campoma, and the Bossa Nova transports the listener to Rio’s Copacabana beach, complete with wolf-whistles at the pretty girls walking by...(listen carefully to the middle section!).
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