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Favori Series 5

Albeniz / Duo Favori
Release Date: 10/26/2001 
Label:  Tacet   Catalog #: 109  
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizEduardo Lopez ChavarriEnrique Granados
Performer:  Barbara GrasleFrank Armbruster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The classical guitar may lack those vocal-like qualities of a violin or the wide ranging statements available to the piano but in the right context and with sympathetic transcriptions it can attractively tease and tug at our emotions. Duo Favori (Barbara Graesle and Frank Armbruster) doubles those languid, enchanting and resonant effects in these carefully chosen arrangements tailored for two guitars. Spanish compositions throughout, that cultural synthesis of Christian and Moorish society, offer an intriguing pictoral and atmospheric blend of mysteriousness and magnificence. Diverse traditions that are embedded deep within the Albeniz Cordoba and his idyllic swaying melody for Mallorca Barcarola , then surface through sonorous harmonic Read more effects. Archetypal and spectacularly varied impressionistic sun drenched landscapes are also crafted for his Suite Espana. Elsewhere, in the Granados Valses Poeticos, our senses are beguiled by a subtle idiomatic feel. Those essentially romantic motifs are discretely communicated to us through clean and polished musicianship rather than extravagant gestures. The Lopez-Chavarri Leyenda del Castillo moro is an academic inclusion - one that is more representative of the late Nineteenth or early Twentieth Century style of guitar playing.." Total playing time: 55'36 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 4, Córdoba by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Barbara Grasle (Guitar), Frank Armbruster (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
2. Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Barbara Grasle (Guitar), Frank Armbruster (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
3. Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Barbara Grasle (Guitar), Frank Armbruster (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; London, England 
4. Leyenda del Castillo Moro aus Cuentos y Fantasias by Eduardo Lopez Chavarri
Performer:  Barbara Grasle (Guitar), Frank Armbruster (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Period: 20th Century 
5. Valses poeticos by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Barbara Grasle (Guitar), Frank Armbruster (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Spain 
6. Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Barbara Grasle (Guitar), Frank Armbruster (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Favori
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 

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 don't miss this release August 14, 2013 By mike b. (burnaby, British Columbia) See All My Reviews "this cd deserves a place in your classical guitar collection. playing and recording are tops, what a sound stage! great program." Report Abuse
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