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Two Worlds

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065
>     1. All
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>     Aria (Cantilena)
>Torroba, Federico Moreno : Sonatina for guitar
>     2. Andante
>Grusin, Dave : Elegia, for 2 violins ("A Henri")
>     Introduction and Epilogue from "Liebesleid"
>Falla, Manuel de : Suite Populaire Espagnole
>     3. C
>     1. E
>Tárrega, Francisco : Lagrima
>Musto, John [Piano] : River Songs (The Water Is Wide/Shenandoah)
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
>     Stick Dance - Sash Dance - S
>Mompou, Federico : Suite compostelana, for guitar
>     3. Cuna
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
>     Siciliana
>Grusin, Dave : Canto Invierno, for guitar & piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos
>Torroba, Federico Moreno : Sonatina for guitar
>Grusin, Dave : Elegia, for 2 violins ("A Henri")
>Falla, Manuel de : Suite Populaire Espagnole
>Tárrega, Francisco : Lagrima
>Musto, John [Piano] : River Songs (The Water Is Wide/Shenandoah)
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
>Mompou, Federico : Suite compostelana, for guitar
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
>Grusin, Dave : Canto Invierno, for guitar & piano
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Lee Ritenour (guitar); Dave Grusin (piano); Renee Fleming (vocals); Gil Shaham, Ralph Morrison, Margaret Batjer (violin); Roland Kato, Karen Elaine Bakunin, Carole Castillo (viola); Julian Lloyd Webber, Steve Erdody, Cecilia Tsan, Christina Soule (cello); James Walker (flute); Ed Meares, Tom Kennedy (bass); Alex Acuna (drums, percussion); Luis Conte (percussion).

Engineers include: Don Murray.

Recorded at Starlight Studio, Los Angeles, California; Capitol Records Studios, Hollywood, California; Avatar Studio, New York, New York between December 1999 and June 2000. Includes liner notes by Chris Roberts and Albert Imperato.

Personnel: Gary Kuo, Marc Sazer, Mario de León, Ralph Morrison III, Michelle Kim, Rachel Purkin, Lisa Sutton, Richard Altenbach, Julie Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Gil Shaham , Lesa Terry, Roger Wilkie, Margaret Wooten, Liane Mautner, Susan Rishik (violin); Carole Castillo, Scott Haupert, Carrie Holzman-Little, Keith Green, Jennie Hansen, Roland Kato, Renita Koven (viola); Julian Lloyd Webber (cello); Alex Acuña (drums, percussion); Luis Conte (percussion).

Recording information: Avatar Studio, New York, NY (12/1999-06/2000); Capital Records Studios, Hollywood, CA (12/1999-06/2000); Starlight Studio, Los Angeles, CA (12/1999-06/2000).

Forging a unique creative relationship, Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin's mutual professional history extends back some two decades. Ritenour was a core artist on Grusin's label, GRP, throughout the 1980s and early '90s; in 1986, they first collaborated on the Grammy Award winning Harlequin, a critically-acclaimed, Brazilian-themed recording. Ritenour also appeared on many of the pianist/composer's film scores and solo recordings, and the two jammed together on GRP Super Live in 1987. Two Worlds, the classical-oriented labor of love that reunites the two legends, is more than simply a beautiful creative departure from their usual jazz-oriented projects. A blend of original compositions and respectful reworkings of timeless classics from Bach, Bartok, Villalobos, Mompov, and Segovia, the collection -- which features stellar guest performances by opera star Renee Fleming, violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber -- finds Ritenour and Grusin joyously reconnecting with their rich classical roots. Among the highlights are the lush, highly percussive Vivaldi/Bach piece "Bach Concerto, featuring a twenty-piece string section; "Bachianas Aria," a piece from Brazilian composer Villalobos, provides a showcase for opera diva Renee Fleming. As for the original compositions, there's the haunting, melodic "Elegia," which Grusin composed many years ago for his late father, a violinist, featuring Gil Shaham; "Lagrima (Lee's Prelude)," a graceful Ritenour original led by the classical guitar; "River's Song," Grusin's clever medley adaptation of the folk songs "The Water Is Wide" and "Shenandoah," featuring Fleming on vocals and "Canto," an Italian-styled "winter song" which Grusin originally wrote for a Ritenour project in the late '70s. Timeless yet contemporary, Two Worlds is beautiful reunion of these musical soul mates. ~ Jonathan Widran

REVIEWS:

JazzTimes (12/00, p.90) - "...Heartrending....Each arrangement fits the artists' dexterity and dynamic interpretive ability like a glove..."



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065 :: 1. All
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1730.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 5 for Soprano and 8 Cellos :: Aria (Cantilena)
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938

>Torroba, Federico Moreno : Sonatina for guitar :: 2. Andante
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Grusin, Dave : Elegia, for 2 violins ("A Henri") :: Introduction and Epilogue from "Liebesleid"
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Ralph Morrison; Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Gil Shaham
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Falla, Manuel de : Suite Populaire Espagnole :: 3. C
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar); James Walker
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Lagrima
  • Performers: Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Dave Grusin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Musto, John [Piano] : River Songs (The Water Is Wide/Shenandoah)
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "The Water Is Wide" by Traditional and "Shenandoah" by Traditional.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Béla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56 :: Stick Dance - Sash Dance - S
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Gil Shaham
  • Notes: Composition written: 1915.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Mompou, Federico : Suite compostelana, for guitar :: 3. Cuna
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Falla, Manuel de : Suite Populaire Espagnole :: 1. E
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); James Walker; Lee Ritenour (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031 :: Siciliana
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar); Julian Lloyd Webber (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1734

>Grusin, Dave : Canto Invierno, for guitar & piano
  • Performers: Dave Grusin (Piano); Lee Ritenour (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary