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Saga Dos Migrantes / Sergio & Odair Assad


Release Date: 05/28/1996 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79365   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alberto GinasteraSérgio AssadEgberto GismontiAstor Piazzolla,   ... 
Performer:  Odair AssadSérgio Assad
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The duo Assad pairs music from its native Brazil with works of Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1 on their fourth Nonesuch release. Showcasing the visceral energy, style, and sophistication of this music, Saga dos migrantes likewise holds up a mirror to the duo’s remarkable brand of virtuosity, termed “irresistible” (CD Review); “profoundly musical” (Los Angeles Times); and “simply staggering” (Option).

Sérgio and Odair Assad began performing together 30 years ago, when they were 12 and 8, respectively. One experiences the uncanny result of this long partnership in the precise and seeming unconscious ensemble they bring to everything they play. From Bach and Scarlatti
Read more to original works by Sérgio Assad, the duo has been playing a wide range of music since their boyhoods outside São Paulo, where their first teacher was their father, a mandolinist. Their first public performance took place 6 months after their studies began; they have been performing almost exclusively as a duo ever since.

Bob Hurwitz, President of Nonesuch, discovered the Assad brothers at a New York concert 10 years ago, and recorded them the next day. That Latin Amercian recording was followed by Alma Brasiliera in 1988, after which the Duo relocated from Brazil to Brussels. In 1993, they released a collection of Baroque transcriptions which was hailed by Gramophone as “a seemingly effortless command of the instruments ... [T]hey are in as tight accord as the two hands of any keyboard player.”

Matching virtuosity with sensitivity, the duo Assad returns to the music of Brazil and Argentina with Saga dos migrantes, the culmination of ten years of regular recording and concertizing activity throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Japan. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 22 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Odair Assad (Guitar), Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Argentina 
Notes: Arranged: Sérgio Assad 
2.
Saga dos Migrantes by Sérgio Assad
Performer:  Odair Assad (Guitar), Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
3.
Infância by Egberto Gismonti
Performer:  Odair Assad (Guitar), Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Notes: Arranged: Sergio Assad 
4.
Suite Troileana by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Odair Assad (Guitar), Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Sergio Assad 
5.
Bachianas brasileiras no 4 for Orchestra: Prelúdio "Introduçao" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sérgio Assad (Guitar), Odair Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1936; Brazil 
Notes: Arranged: Sérgio Assad 
6.
Agua e vinho by Egberto Gismonti
Performer:  Sérgio Assad (Guitar), Odair Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Notes: Arranged: Sergio Assad 

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