Johannes Brahms already considered it “one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music”; Yehudi Menuhin called it “the greatest structure for solo violin that exists”, his successor Joshua Bell even “not only one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of a human being in history”. We are referring to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Ciaccona,” the fifth movement of Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, which was probably added later – perhaps under the impression of the death of his first wife Maria Barbara in 1720. These 64 free variations on a bass theme – more commonly known by the French term “chaconne” and originally a Spanish dance – are not only almost as long as the other four movements combined. They above all established the rank of Bach’s cycle of six partitas and sonatas for solo violin as a pinnacle of violin literature, both technically and musically.
This is also how violinist Doris Orsan titled her new solo album “Ciaccona”, although of course she plays not only this movement, but the complete first two partitas by Bach. In the tradition of many great predecessors, her interpretation makes clear anew what makes Bach’s music so unique: his form is so perfect that it gives rise to an incomparable freedom; his musical thoughts are so fundamental, essential and timeless that they rise above styles and fashions and are completely absorbed in the individual expression of the one who plays them. “Bach’s music leads the performer to himself, to his own expression, which at the same time finds its universality in the music,” Orsan says. “In this sense, there is no one true Bach interpretation; his work welcomes all who set out to find it.”
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Bloodline – that means something like family tree. Every artist must honestly decide for himself to whom he feels obliged and why. To himself and thus to those who can identify with his statements, or to external factors such as media expectations, zeitgeist or a canon. Guitarist Robert Keßler has made a very clear decision, and his album “Bloodline” bears witness to this step.
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The sensational and successful recording “Johannes Tonio Kreusch PLAYS Villa-Lobos & Ginastera”, hailed by the French music magazine Classica Répertoire as a “new reference recording since the legendary recordings by Narciso Yepes and Julian Bream”, is remastered and released by GLM Music.
Heitor Villa-Lobos and Alberto Ginastera, as driving forces of the Latin American modernist movement, composed with relative restraint for the “national instrument” of their homeland. In Ginastera’s case, the Sonata Op.47 is the only work he ever wrote for the guitar.
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New Release: Garden City (feat. Cairo Opera Orchestra – COO – أوركسترا أوبرا القاهرة, Nayer Nagui) Live from Cairo Steps كايرو ستيبس
It’s a new launch for Cairo Steps demonstrating how Egyptian music can be presented with a modern orchestral jazzy sound,it was the first collaboration between Cairo Steps and Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by the famous Egyptian Conductor Nayer Nagui .
Garden City is one of the wealthy residential districts in Cairo established 1880 and Its quiet, windy, tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens, and elegant, ornamental palaces . Garden City was modeled after an English garden suburb meant to radiate tranquility and security.
Basem Darwisch composition Garden City illustrates the atmosphere ,evoking the story of this area while walking through the old streets of this elegant area
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On 6th of July Ennio Morricone died in Rome. The musicians of Quadro Nuevo consider him one of the greatest composers of our time. Shortly before his death they recorded one of his pieces:
Ennio Morricone composed it together with his son Andrea as a sensitive musical theme on the film Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) by the director and scriptwriter Giuseppe Tornatore
The film takes place over long distances in a small town in Sicily and sketches in a nostalgic and penetrating way the story of the local cinema, the enthusiastic projectionist Alfredo, who loses his eyesight in a fire, and his little helper, the Half-Wise Toto, who is shaped by his world and later becomes a director himself.
Cinema Paradiso will be released in October 2020 on the new Quadro Nuevo album MARE.