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Gran Danzón - music for flute & piano by Sas, Gamboa, Caliendo, D'Rivera / Martha Councell-Vargas, flute

Album Summary

>Sás, Andrés : Sonatina Fantasía, for flute & piano
>Gamboa, Eduardo : Transparencias, for flute & strings
>Caliendo, Christopher : Sonata for Flute no 7 ("The Jazz Sonata")
>D'Rivera, Paquito : Gran Danzón, version for flute, percussion & piano ("The Bel-Air Concerto")
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Andres Sas (1900-67) was a Belgian-French composer who settled in Peru and wrote his Sonatina-Fantasia for flute and piano in 1934. It's a pentatonic, nationalist piece that is charming and easy to understand. I wish it were played more often. Mexican composer Eduardo Gamboa (b 1960) wrote his work for Brazilian-American flutist Tadeu Coelho, who now lives in North Carolina. It's an appealing suite in four short movements.

A new album of works for flute and piano celebrates the great tradition of Latin American music, and the Americas as a whole, with a design that gives a special tip of the hat to the bygone era of musical showmanship and glitzy pop-culture of Cuban dance orchestra musicians in the 1940's and 50's. A specialist of music from Latin America and the Caribbean, acclaimed flutist Martha Councell-Vargas offers works by Andres Sas, Eduardo Gamboa, Christopher Caliendo and the incomparable Paquito D'Rivera, who contributes the title track Gran Danzón, and his support: "I love Martha Councell- Vargas "fluteism" and sense of humor. Her new CD is excellent: ... impeccable playing... and the rendition of my Gran Danzón is right in the pocket!" All infused with the festive and celebratory spirit that marks the distinctive sound of the Americas, the four works not only reflect this great tradition, but do so within the realm of Euro-classical form. With Gran Danzón, Martha Councell-Vargas invites the listener to explore the contagious sounds of the Americas, and discover through the diversity and similarities of these works, a universal Americanism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom' (2012-12-19_2012-12-20&2013-).



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Works Details

>Sás, Andrés : Sonatina Fantasía, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Martha Councell (Flute); Rich Steinbach (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom' (2012-12-19_2012-12-20&2013-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Gamboa, Eduardo : Transparencias, for flute & strings
  • Performers: Martha Councell (Flute); Rich Steinbach (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom' (2012-12-19_2012-12-20&2013-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Caliendo, Christopher : Sonata for Flute no 7 ("The Jazz Sonata")
  • Performers: Martha Councell (Flute); Rich Steinbach (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom' (2012-12-19_2012-12-20&2013-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>D'Rivera, Paquito : Gran Danzón, version for flute, percussion & piano ("The Bel-Air Concerto")
  • Performers: Martha Councell (Flute); Olman Piedra (Percussion); Rich Steinbach (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio 'The Ballroom' (2012-12-19_2012-12-20&2013-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary