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Costas: Works for Guitar & Flute


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“ ...with each instrument, they vary the timbres and ornaments, the tempi and the rhythmical interplay, as well as the harmonies that they push to the sonorities of rock, all while staying classical." (Yves Bernard, Le Devoir) Montreal-based ethno-classical Duo Beija-Flor explores the Spanish and Portuguese influence on classical music with COSTAS, their vibrant debut for Big Round Records. Charles Hobson and Marie-Noëlle Choquette form a highly expressive, versatile duo that is a force to be reckoned with. The twenty-two tracks on COSTAS appear to be bite-sized, but not only do they span a vast repertoire, they also pack a powerful punch individually. When Astor Piazzolla's only non-tango piece (Escualo) is contrasted with traditional Spanish folk songs (Siete Canciones Españolas) and motion picture soundtracks (Summer Garden Suite), it's not far-fetched to call this selection eclectic. All the more astounding, then, is Duo Beija-Flor's ability to tie this diverse program together, making it sound as if these pieces had always gone hand in hand. Occasionally, experimental elements are allowed in and incorporated into the flow of the album, such as the temporary, modernist dissonance in Boulevard San Jorge or the jazz harmonies in Havana Street Parade. And naturally, mirroring the dualist nature of the set-up, contrasts abound, not only in instrumental timbre and dynamics, but also in the music's character: Thus, the cheerful sweetness of Pé de Moleque and Quebra Quiexo (both aptly performed according to their title referencing Brazilian candy) is abruptly cut short by two dramatic fados pondering nothing less than the value of life. COSTAS attractively meanders between the light-footed and the profound, and the album's finale, Four Sephardic Songs, forms a majestic and evocative conclusion to an hour of music that is as vivacious, colorful and multi-faceted as the performing duo itself.
Facts
Item number BR8953
Barcode 608410873100
Release date 9/14/2018
Category Chamber Music
Label BIG ROUND RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Ensemble Duo Beija-Flor
Disc: 1
7 Canciones populares españolas (arr. flute and gu00:15:00
1 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:02:22 Duo Beija-Flor
2 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:01:10 Duo Beija-Flor
3 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:03:01 Duo Beija-Flor
4 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:03:42 Duo Beija-Flor
5 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:03:06 Duo Beija-Flor
6 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:01:43 Duo Beija-Flor
7 7 Canciones Populares Españolas (Arr. Flute & Guit 00:01:23 Duo Beija-Flor
Summer Garden Suite (arr. for flute and guitar)00:07:00
8 Summer Garden Suite (Arr. for Flute & Guitar): I. 00:01:59 Duo Beija-Flor
9 Summer Garden Suite (Arr. for Flute & Guitar): II. 00:02:32 Duo Beija-Flor
10 Summer Garden Suite (Arr. for Flute & Guitar): III 00:03:56 Duo Beija-Flor
Escualo (arr. M-N. Choquette, C. Hobson, and V. V00:04:00
11 Escualo (Arr. M-N. Choquette, C. Hobson, & V. Vill 00:03:48 Duo Beija-Flor
Oblivion (arr. M-N. Choquette and C. Hobson for fl00:05:00
12 Oblivion (Arr. M-N. Choquette & C. Hobson for Flut 00:04:33 Duo Beija-Flor
Boulevard San Jorge (arr. M-N. Choquette, C. Hobso00:03:00
13 Boulevard San Jorge (Arr. M-N. Choquette, C. Hobso 00:03:05 Duo Beija-Flor
Havana Street Parade00:05:00
14 Havana Street Parade 00:04:08 Duo Beija-Flor
Pé de moleque (arr. for flute and guitar)00:03:00
15 Pé de moleque (Arr. for Flute & Guitar) 00:02:48 Duo Beija-Flor
Quebra-Queixo (arr. M-N. Choquette and C. Hobson f00:03:00
16 Quebra-Queixo (Arr. M-N. Choquette & C. Hobson for 00:02:45 Duo Beija-Flor
Valeu a pena (arr. M-N. Choquette and C. Hobson fo00:05:00
17 Valeu a pena (Arr. M-N. Choquette & C. Hobson for 00:04:43 Duo Beija-Flor
Lisboa é sempre Lisboa (arr. M-N. Choquette and C.00:04:00
18 Lisboa é sempre Lisboa (Arr. M-N. Choquette & C. H 00:03:35 Duo Beija-Flor
4 Sephardic Songs00:13:00
19 4 Sephardic Songs: No. 1, La Rosa 00:04:16 Duo Beija-Flor
20 4 Sephardic Songs: No. 2, El Rey 00:02:36 Duo Beija-Flor
21 4 Sephardic Songs: No. 3, La Reina 00:05:14 Duo Beija-Flor
22 4 Sephardic Songs: No. 4, Alta, Alta Es la Luna 00:01:47 Duo Beija-Flor
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