Catalan guitarist Jose Luis Monton made a vital contribution to Amina Alaoui’s Arco Iris. During the session, producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Monton solo project was essential for ECM. This stunning album recorded in Lugano last year is a major artistic statement. The program of Monton compositions draws upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco. One of the label’s finest solo guitar albums.
Catalan guitarist José Luis Montón (born in Barcelona in 1962) made a vital contribution to singer Amina Alaoui’s “Arco Iris” (ECM 2180) and during the session producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Montón solo project would be highly appropriate for ECM. Thus this extraordinary disc, recorded in Lugano last year. It’s a major artistic statement. With its programme of Montón compositions drawing upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco, making connections also to classical tradition, it can at once take its place alongside the label’s finest solo guitar albums.
Astor Piazzolla belongs to Buenos Aires and to the whole world as well. His music has that secret, that intangible charm and that dose of magic it takes to fascinate musicians and non-musicians alike, whatever their own styles and wherever they come from. His sharply-accented melodies and his lively, persistent rhythms with their ferocious attacks capture you and sweep you along. Then suddenly all that sonic aggression calms down in a slow section and his lyricism, his inexorable melodies, hit you inside. It's the tango, and it goes straight to the soul.
This collection of music for guitar, brought together by Jose Luis Bieito as the musical element of his music+image binomis, Reflections, possesses a delightful balance of sounds. These are flowing, pulsing, mostly gentle sounds that tend to soothe and calm the listener's mind. Sounds that - through a variety of compositional techniques - tend to be sustained in time; the effects of which can sometimes capture a listener’s attention, holding it inside an extended musical moment, like a spell. When heard while viewing the accompanying (provocative, sometimes disturbing) images, the sounds can serve an additional function: grounding the listener's reaction, enabling the passage of emotion; like electricity discharging through a lightening rod.
1212. Au cœur du siècle des cathédrales, Henri de Rouen, jeune maître bâtisseur, est appelé à Burgos, en Espagne. Avec Teresa Rendol, une talentueuse maître peintre, ils vont consacrer leur vie et leurs idéaux à cette cathédrale qu’ils doivent ériger. Mais les croisades, l’Inquisition, les épidémies, les nouvelles croyances et les nouvelles peurs font rage…
Grandson of the great Joaquín Turina, one of the key figures of early twentieth century Spanish musical nationalism, José Luis Turina (Madrid, 1952) has, along with a variety of management tasks, pursued a brilliant musical career making him one of the most outstanding names of the eclectic generation of composers born in this country during the nineteen-fifties. Portrait is, above all, a tribute, a sincere and well-deserved homage to an exceptional composer …..