Te Amo, Argentina (2010)

Jose Bragato, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov

Antonio Lysy


The music we chose for this recording highlights the ‘cello as a solo instrument and illustrate the impact of pre- Hispanic Amerindian traditions and Spanish based Creole influences as well as the effect of more modern musical developments like the tango on Argentine composers.

My personal interest in this music comes from my father Alberto, to whom I lovingly and respectfully dedicate this album. On my first journey to Argentina with him when I was a young performing ‘cellist, he introduced me to the sounds and textures of a fascinating and colorful country, one I had only previously known as a child on vacation. All of a sudden this music filled me, from Ginastera’s rhythmically contrasting works to the sentimental and passionate Tangos played over the radio, to the rich repertoire of folk songs performed by Eduardo Falú. On each successive return I discovered more about the wonders of the land extending from the icebergs beyond Tierra del Fuego in the south, to the jungle and waterfalls of Iguazú in the north. I learned more about the fabulous and simultaneously tragic history of the many peoples of Argentina, drinking Yerba mate and discussing the Guardia Vieja (the first generation of tango players) with the Porteños (people from Buenos Aires), riding horses with friends in the Pampas, the rich Argentine grasslands. Unforgettable events included playing in the large, ornate, Italianate opera house, the Teatro Colón, going to the many post concert asados (Argentine barbecue feasts) at country estancias or ranches. Over the years I continued to search for Argentine music written for my instrument, and I asked composers and arrangers to create more works for ‘cello. It is my privilege to be presenting some of these works in this recording.  

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Antonio Lysy

Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello's voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music. The currently touring show, "Te Amo, Argentina", a personal journey through the heart and soul of Argentina's fascinating culture, featuring solo cello and chamber works, dance, film, and spoken word, has met with widespread acclaim. Tango dancers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo and the Te Amo, Argentina Ensemble, join Lysy in this inspiring multimedia experience. Te Amo, Argentina is based on Lysy's CD with Yarlung Records - "Antonio Lysy at the Broad - Music From Argentina", featuring the works of Piazzolla, Golijov, Ginastera, Bragato, and Schifrin. This CD won a Latin Grammy Award. A recent review on Musicangle.com declares it "among the most beautiful recordings of cello and piano you are likely ever to hear", and The Absolute Sound recognized it as one of the 40 best recordings of all time. Highlights of his recent work include an extraordinary recital, broadcast on live radio, celebrating Bach and the cello through performances on baroque, acoustic, and electric cellos at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts. A recent program with Les Violons du Roi in their new and fabulous hall in the heart of Quebec city, led "Le Soleil" to remark: "Antonio Lysy shone and enchanted his audience in an arrangement for cello and strings of Schubert's Arpeggione". He presented a multimedia concert with pianist and comedian Jean Marchand, showcasing the history of his Carlo Tononi cello on its the 300th birthday. He has performed in recitals in New York and Los Angeles with pianist Rascal Rogé, and enjoys frequent collaborations with distinguished fellow faculty at UCLA's Royce and Schoenberg Hall, and Colburn's Zipper Hall. Other recent performances include a solo Bach recital at the Uffizi Library in Florence, Italy; two programs with Vladimir Ashkenazy and his sons in Lugano, Switzerland; a concerto performance with the American Youth Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles; and touring the States, Canada, Italy, and Argentina with the show 'Te Amo, Argentina'. His love and commitment to chamber music is demonstrated by his musical directorship and founding in 1989, of the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy (www.itslafoce.org). Distinguished artists from around the globe take part in this idyllic summer retreat, which is crowned by performances in medieval fortresses, palazzi, and churches in the Southern Tuscan region. Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other European radio networks. His live recording of solo cello repertoire by Bach, Berio, Henze, and Walton, released on the Pelléas label, is "...some of the most beautiful Bach ever heard" (– La Presse, Montréal). In addition, he has recorded for the Claves, Dinemec Classics, and Fonè labels. In January 2012, he recorded and premiered the reworked Eric Zeisl cello concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia directed by Neal Stulberg. This cd is available on the Yarlung Records label. In the summer of 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal. He was also, for a number of years, visiting professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He now resides with his family in Los Angeles. You may hear soundtracks from some of Mr. Lysy's recordings by visiting his website at: http://www.antoniolysy.com
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Te Amo, Argentina (2010)

Jose Bragato, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov

Antonio Lysy


While there aren’t a large number of DSD 256 titles to listen to, Native DSD offers a number of well recorded titles to enjoy. One title that I particularly liked was Yarlung Records / Merging Technologies Te Amo, Argentina. This recording highlights the cello playing of Antonio Lysy. Te Amo, Argentina is an analog recording made with minimalist recording techniques. This DSD 256 recording captured the clarity of tone and the rich sonority of the cello. The recording sounded very real reproducing the venue acoustics of the Broad Stage 449 seat concert hall. DSD 256 displayed the ultimate potential of DSD recording not really heard on DSD 64 recordings. Listening to DSD in native bitstream will reveal just what is possible with DSD sound reproduction; especially DSD 256.

Steven Plaskin[read full review]


“…sonically and musically exquisite…. If you don’t agree that this is one of the finest recordings you have ever heard, your system needs to go in for repairs. …this is music making of the highest caliber to go along with analog recording quality of the highest caliber. How often does that happen? …If that piece doesn't grab you first play (it will after a few), Schifrin's more cinematic, dramatic and immediately melodic Pampas will. …I’ve played this record repeatedly over the past few days and I can’t get enough. When it’s over you’ll sit in stunned silence, I guaranty!”

Michael Fremer

    The Audiophile Voice

“… you’ll hear the sound quality right away, I’m sure. Even before your brain starts analyzing the soundstage, bass and treble extension, dynamics macro and micro, etc., you’ll know you like it.”

George Witterschein

    The Absolute Sound

“...Cellist Antonio Lysy and pianist Bryan Pezzone play gorgeously and are gorgeously recorded, the sound immaculately clear and immediate, rich in tonal splendor, and revealing of the venue (Santa Monica's The Broad Stage). The deeply resonant cello pizzicatos at the end of Schifrin's Pampas ring off into air-filled space like starlight into infinity.”

Mark Lehman

Te Amo, Argentina (2010)

Jose Bragato, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov

Antonio Lysy

Digital Converters: Merging Hapi
Mastering Engineer:

Steven Hoffman, Bob Attiyeh
Yarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer.  We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD.  Our sincere thanks to Merging Technologies for making this quartet of releases possible. 

Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording location: The Broad Stage, Santa Monica California
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD256

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