„La Vida Breve“ – Benefizkonzert zugunsten von SeaWatch e.V.

„La Vida Breve, das kurze Leben“, unter diesem Titel und mit Werken von Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Nin, Astor Piazzolla und Radamés Gnattali lädt das Elliot Duo in der Besetzung Mareike Schünemann (Violoncello) und Russell Poyner (Gitarre) ein zu einer musikalischen Reise über das Mittelmeer bis hin nach Südamerika.

Das Benefizkonzert zugunsten von SeaWatch e.V. findet am Samstag, dem 26. August 2017, in der Galerie Handwerk statt und beginnt um 18.00 Uhr. Der Eintritt ist frei, um Spenden wird gebeten.

Weitere Infos: ralf@circus-maximus.org oder info@russellpoyner.com

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Circus Maximus, Handwerkskammer Koblenz, Jobelius Spirituosen, Kulturverlag Günther Schmitz & Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy.

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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)

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.