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Siesta - Ibert, Ravel, Piazzolla, Etc / Petri, Hannibal


Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Our Recordings   Catalog #: 8226900   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaJoan Albert AmargósMario Castelnuovo-TedescoMaurice Ravel,   ... 
Performer:  Michala PetriLars Hannibal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When I read the word “Siesta,” I picture a recumbent Mexican wearing a multicolored serape snoozing under his extravagantly brimmed sombrero. For Lars Hannibal, however, a siesta offers a break from work which doesn’t have to be spent sleeping. Instead, it’s a good time to listen to music. You certainly wouldn’t want to doze through this CD, as even in the familiar pieces the recorder’s woody rusticity shines a new light on the old tunes. Piazzolla’s Histoire du tango—a four-movement suite chronicling the evolution of tango in Argentina—expresses itself with humor, melancholy, and in the last movement, irony. Joan Albert Amargòs’s Tango català has a Spanish title, but I hear Brazil in its mood, melody, and harmony. After the Read more guitar sets the scene, the recorder joins in, substituting for a sultry singer in a work “having the quiet sadness of many a Jazz ballad” (from Leo Black’s notes). Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonatina is the work of a classicist in love with Spain; Ravel’s Pièce en forme de habanera sways to its endlessly seductive rhythm; and Entr’acte, Ibert’s swirling mini-travelogue, recalls the old cliché that some of the best Spanish music is by French composers. Three works by Villa-Lobos close the recital: Modinha (literally, little song), a lyrical, syncopated melody; Distribução de flores, a haunting tune (especially when played by the tenor recorder), with an unmistakable South American Indian sound; and the Cantilena from the well-loved Bachianas brasileiras No. 5. The recorder and guitar probably won’t displace the voice and cellos of the original in listeners’ affections, but the melody is as beautiful as ever, even if the recorder sometimes sounds a bit shrill. Overall, a very enjoyable disc that introduced me to some unfamiliar music while providing a fresh look at some perennials.

FANFARE: Robert Schulslaper
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Works on This Recording

1. History of the Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Michala Petri (Soprano Recorder), Michala Petri (Sopranino Recorder), Michala Petri (Tenor Recorder),
Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Michala Petri (Alto Recorder)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Argentina 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 20 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
2. Tango Català by Joan Albert Amargós
Performer:  Michala Petri (Alto Recorder), Lars Hannibal (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
3. Sonatina for Flute and Guitar, Op. 205 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Michala Petri (Alto Recorder)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 13 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
4. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Michala Petri (Soprano Recorder)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
5. Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Michala Petri (Alto Recorder)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; France 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
6. Modinha, W 534 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Michala Petri (Soprano Recorder), Lars Hannibal (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Brazil 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
7. Distribuiçao de flores, W 381 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Michala Petri (Tenor Recorder), Lars Hannibal (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; Brazil 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 
8. Bachianas brasileiras no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos: Aria "Cantilena" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Lars Hannibal (Guitar), Michala Petri (Alto Recorder)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1945; Brazil 
Venue:  Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Torpen Chapel, Humlebaek, Denmark (01/25/2006 - 05/04/2006) 

Sound Samples

Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): Bordel 1900
Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): Cafe 1930
Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): Night-club 1960
Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango): concert d'aujourd'hui
Tango Catala
Sonatina, Op. 205: I. Allegretto grazioso
Sonatina, Op. 205: II. Andantino grazioso e malinconico
Sonatina, Op. 205: III. Scherzo-rondo: Allegretto con spirito
Piece en forme de habanera: Piece en forme d'Habanera
Entr'acte
Modinhas e cancoes, series 1: Modinha
Distribuicao de flores: Distribucao de Flores
Bachianas brasileiras No. 5: I. Aria: Cantilena (arr. for recorder and guitar): Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, "Cantilena"

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