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Magellan's Playlist, On Tour in China Vol. 1 - Works by Say, Duarte, Lieberman, Francaix, Guang, Dyens / Athens Guitar Duo

Album Summary

>Say, Fazil : Princess of Lykia, for 2 guitars
>Duarte, John W. : Greek Suite, for 2 guitars, Op. 39
>Liebermann, Lowell : Nocturne-Fantasy, for 2 guitars, Op. 69
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Divertissement for 2 guitars
>Guang, Ren : Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon
>Dyens, Roland : Comme des Grands, for 2 guitars
>York, Andrew : Evening Dance for 2 guitars
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Matthew Anderson and Dusty Woodruff have consistently entertained audiences for the past eight years, offering them exquisitely crafted performances, each presented with a delicacy and creativity only to be found amongst the finest of chamber ensembles. In this CD, Anderson and Woodruff play songs that may have been on Magellan's playlist during his explorations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013).



Reviews

Good players, odd songlist
“Magellan’s Playlist” – On Tour in China – The Athens Guitar Duo - CLAUDIO

The Athens Guitar Duo (Dusty Woodruff and Mathew Anderson) are two talented American musicians whose new recording of 20th century guitar music is oddly titled “Magellan’s Playlist”. Adding further to the conceptual confusion is the subtitle ‘On Tour in China’, a strange name for a recording done entirely in England; presumably the repertoire had been performed on their tour of China, though the liner notes never make this clear.

While both gentlemen are more than skilled as guitarists, one might question some of their repertoire choices. By ignoring the standard, Segovia-inspired recital format (i.e. modern compositions mixed with classical, romantic and baroque era pieces) and, instead, featuring an all-contemporary playlist, they’ve not done themselves nor the listeners any favors.

While the composers whose work is performed do come from divergent backgrounds (US, UK, Turkey, France and China), there is nevertheless a curious sameness to the sound of much of this music. Eventually even the most avant garde music can start to feel predictable; though there are some genuinely beautiful moments in some of these compositions (notably John Duarte’s “Greek Suite” and “Evening Dance” by Andrew York”), too much of it sounds like modal noodling around in search of a melodic idea.
While we’re at it, what exactly will it take to convince composers and guitarists alike that they should refrain from beating on a beautiful, handmade guitar as though it were a bongo drum?

So, this is a technically well played and recorded grouping of compositions that will probably appeal to guitar students and fans of the avant garde; one can only wonder what the Chinese thought.

7 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano




Submitted on 01/29/14 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Say, Fazil : Princess of Lykia, for 2 guitars
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Duarte, John W. : Greek Suite, for 2 guitars, Op. 39
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Liebermann, Lowell : Nocturne-Fantasy, for 2 guitars, Op. 69
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Divertissement for 2 guitars
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981

>Guang, Ren : Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.

>Dyens, Roland : Comme des Grands, for 2 guitars
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>York, Andrew : Evening Dance for 2 guitars
  • Ensemble: Athens Guitar Duo
  • Notes: St. Bartholomew's, Brighton, UK (06/04/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary