New videos from the Elliot Duo

Here are two new videos from the Elliot Duo, recorded live in concert at the beginning of July. Two movements from the  Spanish Suite – „Seguida Espanola“ – by the composer Joaquin Nin. Hope you enjoy them.

Seguida Espanola IV. Andaluza by Joaquin Nin (1879-1949)

It uses a traditional Andalusian folk song and dance – „El Vito“ – the origins of which can be traced back to the 16th century.

The text goes a little bit like this:

Una vieja vale un real / An old woman is worth a real
Y una muchacha dos cuartos, / and a young girl two cuartos,
Y yo, como soy tan pobre / but as I am so poor
Me voy a lo más barato. / I go for the cheapest.

Con el vito, vito, vito, / On with the dancing,
Con el vito, vito, va, / on with the dancing, ole!
No me haga ‚usté cosquillas, / Stop your teasing, sir,
Que me pongo ‚colorá! / else I’ll blush!

Seguida Espanola II. Murciana by Joaquin Nin (1879-1949)

The Murciana is a spirited song and dance, named (surprisingly enough) after the city of Murcia. The melody is based on the traditional song – „El Paño Murciano“.

The text goes something like this:

Diga usted, señor platero, / Tell me, Mister Silversmith
Cuánta plata es menester / how much silver’s needed
Para engarzar un besito / to set a little kiss
De boca de una mujer. / from a woman’s lips?

Señor platero, he pensado / Mister Silversmith, thinking
Que usted sabe engarzar; / that you could set jewels,
Por eso le vengo a dar / I’ve come to give you
Una obrita de cuidado / a little task that needs some care.

A mí un besito me ha dado / A most alluring little kiss
Mi novia con gran salero. / my sweetheart gave me,
Engarzarlo en plata quiero, / I’d like to set it in silver,
Por que soy su fiel amante. / since I’m her faithful lover.

¿Qué plata será bastante? / How much silver would it take?
Diga usted, señor platero. / Pray tell me, Mister Silversmith.

New videos from the Elliot Duo

To start off the new year, here are a few live video recordings by the Elliot Duo. We chose to record a couple of pieces from our current programme, so here is the first movement from the „Sonata for Cello & Guitar“ by the Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali, two movements from the Spanish Suite – „Seguida Espanola“ – by the Cuban composer Joaquin Nin, and the famous „Air“ from the Orchestersuite BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Hope you enjoy them.

Sonata For Cello & Guitar I. Allegretto Comodo by Radames Gnattali (1906-1988)

Seguida Espanola I. Vieja Castilla by Joaquin Nin (1879-1949)

Seguida Espanola III. Asturiana by Joaquin Nin (1879-1949)

Orchestersuite BWV 1068 II. Air by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Studio Magazin

Finally got my copy of the latest Studio Magazin. War ein sehr interessantes Projekt mit der Accelerando Musikproduction, Tonmeister Dirk Pachelke und Ole Muth zusammen mit Uli Apel, und Johannes Dicke. Im Rahmen „the battle of Analog vs Digital“ wurden verschiedene Mikrofone und Wandler getestet. Ein toller Artikel mit eindrucksvollen Bildern wurde von Harald Wittig geschrieben. Ich fand das „One Take-Meister“ Zitat besonders erfreulich – ich hatte auch keine andere Wahl. 

Die Audiofiles gibt’s hier unter – http://accelerando.audio/de/studio-magazin

Home recording – Homenaje pour „Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy“ by Manuel de Falla.

After having not played this piece for quite a while, I’ve had to play it rather a lot over the last few weeks. It’s a piece I’ve played over many years, in exams, masterclasses, competitions, concerts, or just for the hell of it, and for me, it is still one of the finest pieces in our repertoire. If I’m totally honest, I just love playing it. Let’s not forget, that this was the piece that finally inspired Benjamin Britten to write his monumental „Nocturnal“ for solo guitar (if I’m not mistaken). Anyway, a little home recording – just for fun – of Homenaje pour „Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy“ by Manuel de Falla.

P.S. Please excuse the sound quality, it’s just a video camera, after all. I’m hoping there will be a professional sound recording (courtesy of sound Maestro Ole Muth) of this piece coming sometime in the not too distant future.

Lola’s Lullaby: New piece, new recording, new guitar.

Last year my wonderful little niece Lola, was christened. The question was – what can I give her as a gift? So after some thought it came to me… I’m very lucky to have a lot of very talented friends and commissioned my pal and composer Louis Clark to write Lola a little piece. So here it is, „Lola’s Lullaby“, brilliantly recorded (by another one of those talented friends), Tonmeister extraordinaire – Ole Muth. It’s also the first recording with my new guitar made by Gitarrenbau Wichmann. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Recording 2014

So I’m having to play catch up here, as I was guilty of being a bit slack in updating the old website – sorry! Slap on the wrist – it won’t happen again. One of the big highlights last year was the recording of my first CD, together with the wonderful oboist Monika Dawidek – an all South American Album of solos and duos with oboe.

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We were extremely lucky to be able to use the Evangelische Kirche in the beautiful wine village of Winningen on the river Mosel (certainly worth a visit should you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods). I’ve had the pleasure to play in the church before and acoustically it is just fantastic – I think the church having a wooden floor gives it a much warmer sound. We also had the enormous pleasure to work with the sound engineer Ole Muth. He went about his job with much passion, patience (although I don’t think we caused him that many problems), and also brought some new and interesting ideas with him.

Dawidek Poyner Duo  Dawidek Poyner Ole Muth 070

We recorded the CD in two parts, the first in April as duo – recording music from Astor Piazzolla, Celso Machado and Luiz Bonfá. The solo recordings of music by Heitor Villa-lobos, Agustín Barrios Mangoré and Dilermando Reis took place in November. The different sessions presented their own individual challenges – as a duo finding the right balance between the instruments, and for the solo works finding the “sweet spot” in the church. But we took our time, and with some experimentation we got the sound we wanted. With the church being in a wine village we also had the occasional tractor driving by and of course the church-bells to contend with. But not only this, a special feature in Winningen is the “Ortsrundfunk” – now how do I explain this? A system of loudspeakers placed across the village, broadcast twice daily local information which is preceded by brass band music. So you can imagine the problems that caused when at that moment the “Green Light” was on. I think for the best explanation, click here.

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All in all we are extremely proud and happy with the results. The CD is being released on the First Hand Records label and will be launched on the 13 July 2015.

Russell