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Guitar Duo - Katona Twins. Works by Piazzolla, Grandos, de Falla, Mozart / Peter and Zoltan Katona

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tango Suite for 2 guitars
>Granados, Enrique : Danzas Espanolas Op. 37
>Falla, Manuel de : La Vida Breve
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for 3 basset horns in B flat major, K. Anh. 229/4 (K. 439b/4)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the very first Katona Twins recording, created in 1992. Until now it has never been formally released. We struggle listening to our old recordings, but this one is different, which is why we decided to make it available. We love its fresh energy and raw, innocent dynamism. It was a bitterly cold winter evening in Budapest, even moving our fingers was difficult. As we started recording the church warmed and it began to snow, our fingers now moving as the large snowflakes muffled the outside noise. A blessing that we like to interpret as a sign of approval from heaven. - P. & Z. Katona

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Indubitably, yes! Even this early, the Katonas were remarkable players - dauntless virtuosity, gorgeous tone with lots of range, exciting and taut rhythms. It's all here. So, for that matter, is interpretive range. Their Piazzolla crackles, the Granados is ravishing, the Falla is on fire. Then Mozart? Well, yes, Mozart, and it's really lovely, perfectly stylish. It's even better than Sharpe and Zohn's performance of all four of the serenades K439b (S/O 2014). The playing and musicianship is really fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Zaránd Utca, Budapest (1992).



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Works Details

>Piazzolla, Astor : Tango Suite for 2 guitars
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 13 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Granados, Enrique : Danzas Espanolas Op. 37 :: 2. Oriental
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1890

>Falla, Manuel de : La Vida Breve :: Spanish Dance
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento for 3 basset horns in B flat major, K. Anh. 229/4 (K. 439b/4)
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 11 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786