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A Delightful Spirit

Balkan music for
flute and guitar -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... a near perfect blend of timbre and balance ...'

The Balkan Project - Cavatina Duo. © 2010 Cedille Records

Since the mid twentieth century a great deal of the finest choral, vocal, symphonic and chamber music has emerged from two disparate groups of lands at the margins of Western Russia and South Eastern Europe -- to wit: the Baltic and the Balkans.

The musical distinctiveness of these contiguous regions, both north and south, has few, if any, counterparts. Practitioners include 'Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares' (Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir, Sofia ), Arvo Pärt (born at Paide, Estonia, in 1935), 'Kremerata Baltica' (administered from Riga), Vasilija Mokranjca (Serbia, 1923-1984), Vladimir Tosic (born in Belgrade, Serbia, 1949), Peteris Vasks (born in 1946 at Aizpute, Latvia), Valentina Velkovska-Trajanovska (born at Skopje, Macedonia, in 1976), Tomislav Zografski (Veles, Macedonia, 1934-2000), Georgi Minchev (born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1939) and Osvaldas Balakauskas (born at Miliunai, Lithuania in 1937).

This recent Cedille release spotlights idiomatic work by Carlos Rafael Rivera (born 1970), Vojislav Ivanovic (born 1959) Matthew Dunne (born 1959), Clarice Assad (born 1978), Denis Sparavalo (born 1972), Alan Thomas (born 1968), Michael Karmon (born 1969), Boris Gaquere (born 1977), Miroslav Tadic (born 1958) and Atanas Ourkouzounov (born 1970).

Duo Cavatina's earlier (1999) CD for Opera Tres Records featured music of Piazzolla, Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Alejandro Yague, Antonio Ruiz Pipo and Edison Vassilievich Denisov...

Copyright © 23 September 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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