TANGOS AND DANCES ? Fionnuala Hunt (vn), dir; Dublin RTE Concert O ? AVIE AV 2083 (61:57)
GADE (arr. Hunt) Jalousie. PIAZZOLLA (arr. Hunt) Oblivion. Libertango. Chiquilin de bachin. RODRIGUEZ (arr. Hunt) La cumparsita. GRANADOSRead more class="ARIAL12"> (arr. Hunt) Spanish Dance-Andaluza. VARVELLO (arr. Hunt) Tiempos inciertos. GARDEL (arr. Hunt) Tomo y obligo. ALBÉNIZ (arr. Hunt) Tango, op. 165/2. ZIEGLER (arr. Hunt) Desde otros tiempos. GINASTERA (arr. Hunt) Danza de la moza donosa. BRAGATO (arr. Hunt) Graciela y Buenos Aires. HUNT Fino Irish Tango
& Fionnuala Hunt Conversation with Sean Rafferty (DVD: 9:20)
In the notes to her recording of tangos and dances for Avie, Fionnuala Hunt cites Angela Rippon?s characterization of a tango as ?the vertical expression of a horizontal desire.? And while that description may seem altogether too steamy for Jacob Gade?s early Jalousie (around which Hunt capers farther from her compositional partner than did earlier performers like, for example, Florian ZaBach), it fits Astor Piazzolla?s sultry Oblivion or the wistful Chiquilin de bachin?or Ginastera?s tenderly lush Danza de la moza donosa?like a (silk?) glove. These pieces represent multifarious scattered points of intersection between the worlds of classical and popular music rather than an amorphous group gathered at a single crossroad. So while her stylizations of such pieces as Gerardo Herman Matos Rodriguez?s familiar La cumparsita may almost seem like second-remove glosses on sacred texts, she ought to enjoy the freedom in this music at least to follow her own path. In her well-planned and highly articulate conversation with Sean Rafferty, she explains how she reveled in the opportunity to work with music in which she wouldn?t encounter strictures that other genres might impose. Nevertheless, in playing more established works (works that have become established), like Granados?s Andaluza (which Kreisler also arranged), she maintains a respectful closeness to the text while still personalizing them (in Albéniz?s Tango, which had also been arranged by Kreisler, she seems almost reflective rather than hauntingly passionate, perhaps because of her languorous tempo). Hunt tells about having taken Irish music to Vienna and having played in an Irish group when she studied there. The influences of this dedication perhaps impart rhythmic alertness (as Rafferty suggests) to her performances of tangos like Miguel Angél Varvello?s Tiempos inciertos. In Pablo Ziegler?s Desde otros tiempos, Hunt helps create a cheekier, more contemporary twist on the original tango impulse (Hunt explains that the tango, having left its home in Buenos Aires, made a whirlwind world tour before returning home, ostensibly acquiring several different wardrobes during its travels). And, finally, Hunt has taken the tango zestily into Hibernian territory in her own Fino Irish Tango.
The engineers have captured the violinist somewhat at a distance and firmly enmeshed in the ensemble?s sound. Yet ample clarity conveys the richness of her nuanced sound. The focus on the ensemble suits Hunt?s demure avoidance of the limelight (except in Luis Bragato?s Graciela y Buenos Aires, in which she plays a violinistically effective cadenza). By virtue of its diversity and the complexity of its expressive content, Hunt?s collection of tangos from many periods of the dance?s development doesn?t belong in the same category as anthologies like those by Joshua Bell that provide a sort of procrustean new-age bed in which a variety of standard romantic melodies must willy-nilly lie. It should appeal to those who find this repertoire of interest, but it shouldn?t offend those who maintain firm expectations about the way Granados?s and Albéniz?s music should be played. Recommended.
Graciela y Buenos Airesby José Bragato Performer:
Fionnuala Hunt (Violin)
Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Featured Sound Samples
Chiquilín de Bachín (Piazzolla)
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FABULOUS MUSIC !October 8, 2012By S. Pearson (San Francisco, CA)See All My Reviews"MS HUNT IS A TREASURED DISCOVERY FOR ME ! SHE IS, BY FAR, THE MOST EXPRESSIVE VIOLINIST I'VE EVER HEARD. THE SELECTIONS SUIT HER ABILITIES VERY WELL ! THE COMBINATION OF FINE SOUND QUALITY AND HER ASTOUNDING GIFT PUT THIS CD IN MY "TOP TEN" IN MY LIBRARY. THE MUSIC IS THRILLING (LITERALLY, GOOSE BUMPS) AND I CANNOT WAIT TO FIND HER NEXT CD; IT WON'T MATTER WHAT HER CHOICE WILL BE... SHE IS VIRTUOSO IN TEMPERAMENT AND ABILITY. IT'S ALL THERE: PASSION PERSONIFIED."Report Abuse
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