Argentina is a land of myth as much as a land of history. It was here that Maria Callas and Enrico Caruso sailed for such memorable performances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires during their summer vacations. European musicians flocked to Argentina during the Second World War as a safe haven and because they felt at home with the elegance of the European-styled theaters, audiences, and ambiance. Additionally the vastness of the landscape and the huge Argentine ranches gave the country a cultural aspect reminiscent of the famed “American West” of the 1890s. But the open ranges still exist in Argentina today.
Antonio Lysy captures the cultural range of this country in our recording. He chose these particular works because they all draw inspiration from the folk music traditions of Argentina. Like Bartok in Europe and Copland in the United States, Ginastera served as the Argentine grandfather of a generation of composers who turned folk tunes into concert music that became known as quintessentially Argentine. Ginastera focused on Inca and Gaucho rhythms and melodies, much as Bartok drew inspiration from folk tunes from Eastern Europe. All of the composers on this album follow Ginastera’s lead. The rich and romantic sound of the Argentine savanna (or Pampas) returns in the newly commissioned work by Schifrin. And Antonio evokes the atmosphere of smoke-filled urban dance bars in two famous works by Piazzolla.
Total time: 00:28:41
|Original Recording Format|
Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray
Yarlung makes recordings in concert halls, not studios. Our albums capture the sound of our musicians playing in real acoustic spaces. 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 The International Rectifier for making this project possible.
The Broad Stage, Santa Monica
|Release Date||January 1, 2015|
…we thrill to Iivonen’s beautifully contoured molding of some of the composer’s shapeliest melodies. Few accounts I have heard of this marvelous work for unaccompanied violin have been so successful in stressing its forward looking dynamism.
The Audiophile Voice
“Antonio Lysy at the Broad: Music from Argentina is pretty close to irresistible musical. …Try one … 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.”
…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.
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