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Happy Release Day: Johannes Tonio Kreusch – Portraits of Cuba

The story of an extraordinary friendship; the proof that music is the universal language of the globalised age, with which the whole world can be embraced and expressed without having to deny one’s own origins; the revelation that Cuban music is much more than we know from the “Buena Vista Social Club”: Portraits of Cuba” is all that. The album of guitarist Johannes Tonio Kreusch, on which the pieces from the late nineties are gathered on CD, which the Cuban composer Tulio Peramo wrote for him. In the remastered original recordings of the world premieres.

The search for the origins of this splendid, once again groundbreaking Kreusch album leads back to 1994, when Johannes Tonio Kreusch and Tulio Peramo met at the Havana Guitar Festival. Two who had more to talk about than musical petitessen: Kreusch, who was 24 at the time, had initially studied philosophy until the beauty of Bach adaptations for guitar completely absorbed him and led him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Juilliard School in New York. At that time, he had just released his debut CD: “Ginastera – Bach – Brouwer”, already a triad of themes that occupy him to this day. Alberto Ginastera represents Kreusch’s penchant for the Ibero-American guitar tradition, Bach his classical foundation, and Leo Brouwer his love of Cuban music.

Listen to the music: https://glmmusic.de/PortraitsofCuba

More infos: https://www.glm.de/en/product/johannes-tonio-kreusch-portraits-of-cuba/

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Happy Release Day: El Manisero – Carlos Barbosa-Lima & Johannes Tonio Kreusch

For too long, music in Germany has been pigeonholed. In serious and light music, in composed classical music and improvised jazz, in all kinds of Anglicisms from traditional-roots-music to modern-contemporary-avantgarde. The acoustic guitar often enough fell through the cracks and ended up in its own niche, a parallel world of organizers. All this is the only possible explanation for the fact that the 76-year-old Carlos Barbosa-Lima is still hardly known in this country. After all, he is not someone who would have served the pigeonholes, but a man who is a legend not only in the musica popu-leira of his native Brazil, but also in the Latin jazz of North America and in the worldwide gi-tarrist scene. He was considered a child prodigy in his hometown of Sao Paulo as early as the 1950s, made his debut at the age of 13, left for the world at 16, worked in Spain with the giant of classical guitar Andrés Segovia and later in New York – for a long time his “home base” – with Antonio Carlos Jobim, the inventor of bossa nova. Who has recorded more than 100 albums to date, in various genres, but always marked by his own unique, Brazilian-based style. And who has given concerts in the most important halls in the world, for example at the age of 21 for the first time in Carnegie Hall.

Kreusch and Barbosa-Lima are therefore the perfect team to make even the best-known earworms of Latin American music such as the title-giving “El Manisero” by Moisés Simons, “Rosa” by the Brazilian predecessor and choro grandmaster Pixinguinha or Manuel María Ponce’s “Estrellita” sound completely new, fresh, lively and with a very personal touch. Which is also due to the fact that Barbosa-Lima primarily selected pieces with which he has long maintained a strong individual relationship. To the famous “Manhã de Carnaval”, for example, one of Luiz Bonfá’s hits from the time when the very young Barbosa-Lima was personally introduced to the then star. Or, of course, to the Antônio Carlos Jobim songs “Canta Mais” and “Por Causa de Você,” which sprang from their joint work. Finally, it is no coincidence that three tracks on the album are by Alberto Ginastera: The collaboration with the Argentine composer was arguably one of the most satisfying and successful for Barbosa-Lima, culminating in Ginastera’s 1976 Sonata op. 47 dedicated to him, which became a landmark in classical guitar literature.

More informations: https://www.glm.de/en/product/el-manisero-carlos-barbosa-lima-johannes-tonio-kreusch/

Listen to the music: https://glmmusic.de/ElManiseroAlbumWE

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Happy Release Day: Johannes Tonio Kreusch – Plays

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.

More informations: https://www.glm.de/en/product/johannes-tonio-kreusch-plays/

Here is the music: https://glm.lnk.to/PlaysWE