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L'Heure Espagnole - Music for 2 Harps & Voice / Duo Bilitis

Duo Bilitis / De Falla / Ravel / Granados
Release Date: 08/30/2011 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9210  
Composer:  Maurice RavelManuel de FallaEnrique GranadosXavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Ekaterina Levental
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release contains an adventurous pro- gramme of Spanish or Spain-inspired works, arranged for the enchanting combination of two harps, and (in some works) voice. The combination of 2 harps works particularly well in this mainly impressionistic music, providing a fascinating colour palette and deep sonority. One of the harpists, Ekatarina Leventhal, possesses an exceptionally beauti- ful mezzo soprano voice, and sings the solos in De Falla with zest and passion.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Duo Bilitis won the International Chamber Music Competition in Almere, Holland (2008), the fifth edition of the UITMARKT chamber music competition in Amsterdam (2008) and is finalist of the International Jewish Music Competition 2010 Read more /> • “Ekaterina and Eva are gifted with extraordinary musicality, professionalism and dedi- cation. Because of the interesting combina- tion of their ensemble and their stunning performance capacities, they manage to captivate any audience. Not only should I describe a concert of the Duo as moving, but they bring a sense of humor to their performances as well".
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Works on This Recording

1. Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; France 
Notes: Arranger: Eva Tebbe. 
2. Pièce en forme de Habañera by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; France 
Notes: Arranger: Eva Tebbe. 
3. Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Ekaterina Levental (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Carlos Salzedo. 
4. Valses poeticos by Enrique Granados
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Elisabeth Colard & Ekaterina Levental. 
5. Sites auriculaires by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; France 
Notes: Arranger: Duo Bilitis. 
6. Canciones negras (5) by Xavier Montsalvatge
Performer:  Ekaterina Levental (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Bilitis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Ekaterina Levental. 

Sound Samples

Introduction et allegro (arr. E. Tebbe)
Piece en forme de habanera (arr. E. Tebbe)
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 1. El pano moruno
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 2. Seguidilla murciana
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 3. Asturiana
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 4. Jota
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 5. Nana
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 6. Cancion
7 Canciones populares espanolas (arr. C. Salzedo): No. 7. Polo
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): Prelude
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): I. Melodico
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): II. Tempo de Vals noble
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): III. Tempo de Vals lento
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): IV. Allegro humoristico
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): V. Allegretto: Elegante
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): VI. Quasi ad libitum: Sentimental
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): VII. Vals mariposa
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): VIII. Presto
Valses poeticos (arr. E. Colard and E. Levental): IX. Vals melodioso
Sites auriculaires (arr. E. Tebbe and E. Levental): Habanera
Sites auriculaires (arr. E. Tebbe and E. Levental): Entre cloches
5 Canciones negras (arr. E. Levental): No. 1. Cuba dentro de un piano
5 Canciones negras (arr. E. Levental): No. 2. Punto de Habanera
5 Canciones negras (arr. E. Levental): No. 3. Chevere
5 Canciones negras (arr. E. Levental): No. 4. Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito
5 Canciones negras (arr. E. Levental): No. 5. Canto negro

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