Tuhu

Gaelle Solal

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256

Winner of the Alessandria Competition, French guitar virtuosa Gaëlle Solal delivers a buoyant, heart-filled, Villa-Lobos-based program she has put together after several years of research and writing her own arrangements.

Works of the great Brazilian composer alternate with delicate and exuberant compositions of Pixinguinha, Nazareth, Jobim and Dyens, among others. A gem that merges Brazilian folk with Classical music into a unique, passionate album.

Recorded at the Auditorio San Francisco in Avila, Spain on September 10-12, 2019 in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 256 without DXD processing, Tuhu is exclusively available in DSD 256 at NativeDSD.Com

Tracklist

1.
Hommage Villa-Lobos - IV. Tuhu
02:13
2.
Carinhoso
03:48
3.
Choros No. 1
04:46
4.
Constance
04:21
5.
Suite Populaire Bresilienne - I. Mazurka-Choro
03:24
6.
Tristorosa
05:52
7.
Trois Saudade - III. Saudade No. 3, dediee a Francis Kleynjans
06:50
8.
Prelude No. 2
03:16
9.
Brejeiro
02:53
10.
Modinha
01:49
11.
Chora Coracao
04:12
12.
Suite Populaire Bresilienne - II. Schottish-Choro
03:49
13.
Agua e Vinho
04:15
14.
Prelude No. 3
03:13
15.
Lamentos do Morro
04:08

Total time: 00:58:49

Additional information

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EUDDR2003

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Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Guitar

Rondine by Walter Verreydt & Martina Gozzini

Headphones

Sennheiser

Microphone Preamp

Horus, Merging Technologies

Microphones

Sonodore, Neumann U89 & Schoeps

Original Recording Format

Producer

Gonzalo Noque

Recording Engineer

Gonzalo Noque

Recording location

Auditorio San Francisco in Avila, Spain on September 10-12, 2019

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 256

Speakers

Dutch & Dutch 8c

Strings

Savarez Cantiga Rouge

Release Date December 4, 2020

Press reviews

Pizzicato 4 out of 5

French guitarist Gaëlle Solal has recorded a program centered on music by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Alongside compositions by Pixinguinha, Nazareth, Jobim and Dyens among others, mostly in very cleverly done arrangements.

The album is called Tuhu after the 4th part of Hommage à Villa-Lobos by composer Roland Dyens. Tuhu (little flame) was the nickname given by Villa-Lobos’ mother to her son.
Gaëlle Solal’s inspired performances are virtuoso but also sensitive, rich in contrast, and give the works a fresh look.

HR Audio.Net 5 out of 5

For me, there is only one guitar and that is the classical acoustic guitar. This is the guitar that sings, evokes real emotion, and gets to the soul of things. And Gaëlle Solal is here to prove it. Back from a trip to Brazil, she recorded her newly won inspiration in the San Francisco Auditorio, Ávila, Spain, under the technical supervision of Gonzalo Noqué. Those familiar with Gonzalo’s recordings on the Eudora label will know that Gaëlle could not have selected any better platform. With an original format of DSD256 (11.289mHz) in 5.0 surround, even the most demanding sound buff could not have asked for more. Indeed, Gonzalo doesn’t go for less.

In case you were wondering, ‘Tuhu’ is Heitor Villa-Lobos’ nickname and for this recording taken by Gaëlle Solal from the title of Roland Dyens’ ‘Hommage à Villa-Lobos’ suite, with which, as she calls it, the ‘Villa-Lobos-based’ program opens. Apart from the Frenchman Dyens, all composers are Brazilian. In her notes, Gaëlle explains how she has been inspirited by Heitor-Villa Lobos and his composer friends’ music for guitar or arranged for it (and some of it by herself). The result is an anthology of Brazilian guitar music. And for those less familiar with it details about each composer are given in her liner notes.

My first listening session turned out to be an hour of sheer enjoyment. I find her playing sensibly reflective. With a kind of Brazilian phlegm, she brings out the beauty rather than the fire we sometimes associate with Latin-American guitar playing. Her technique is nonetheless as fabulous as one may expect from a high-octane guitar player. Leaving it to the listener to savor the different pieces, one will be pleased to know that Nokia’s default ring tone is also present. No, not in the form of the Gran Vals ‘The Nokia Tune’ by the Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega, but in the ‘soundalike’ Prelude no. 2 by Villa-Lobos!

I do not doubt that many classical guitar fans will be very pleased with this release and many others quite possibly as well.

Performance: 4.5 out of 5 Stars,  Sonics (Multichannel): 5 out of 5 Stars

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