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Piazzolla, Sierra: Concertos For 2 Guitars; Vivaldi, Marcello / Castellani, Andriaccio


Release Date: 10/30/2001 
Label:  Fleur De Son   Catalog #: 57952   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Roberto SierraAstor PiazzollaAlessandro MarcelloAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Michael AndriaccioJoanne Castellani
Conductor:  Arie Lipsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I admire this release because it buttresses an argument that I have made, ad nauseam, over the years in this publication—that traditional musicological categories don't work. They are artificial, and have nothing to do with how we (our expertly delineated demographic subdivisions aside) really feel about anything. Conventional wisdom says that tango is some kind of pop-music permutation and, therefore, has no place in the hallowed halls of the concert hall—it's music for the uncultivated who know only pop, and therefore have no sense of the real stuff. Listening to Piazzolla's 1985 Double Concerto ("Hommage a Liege"), I wonder what Ravel would have thought of it; more to the point, what would Beethoven have said. Beethoven, after Read more all, derived (totally intellectually) a rhum-ba passage in the finale of his first piano concerto (op. 15).

As to Ravel's answer, just check out his Bolero.

The two concertos by Allesandro Marcello and Antonio Vivaldi have been transcribed by the Castellani-Andriaccio Guitar Duo, and their efforts amply fulfill my criteria for transcription—to bring new aspects from a familiar work without violating its original spirit.

The focal point of this release is Roberto Sierra's Fantasia Coreiliana. Puerto Rican—born Sierra has made his mark in this northern hemisphere by becoming composer in residence at the Milwaukee Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and attaining the status of professor of composition at Cornell University. As I listen to it, I am reminded of Tippett's Fantasia concertante on a Theme of Corelli. In Sierra's piece, Corelli is not deconstructed, but merely brought into our current moment. Sticking close to the text, Sierra strategically (in the terms of my 60s coming-of-age) freaks out, and in doing so, shows us how the seraphically polite Corelli often did much the same.

This one's a winner on all parameters, and potential Want List material.

-- William Zagorski, FANFARE [3/2002]
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasía corelliana for 2 Guitars and String Orchestra by Roberto Sierra
Performer:  Michael Andriaccio (Guitar), Joanne Castellani (Guitar)
Conductor:  Arie Lipsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2. Hommage à Liège by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Joanne Castellani (Guitar), Michael Andriaccio (Guitar)
Conductor:  Arie Lipsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3. Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Performer:  Joanne Castellani (Guitar), Michael Andriaccio (Guitar)
Conductor:  Arie Lipsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
4. Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Joanne Castellani (Guitar), Michael Andriaccio (Guitar)
Conductor:  Arie Lipsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 

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