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'The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.'

- Ansel Adams (1902-1984) American photographer

Reinventing the wheel is an impossibility without a personal, constant research for the subtlety of divergence, plus endless hard work. It's not the age of the instrument, its maker or design that matter. What counts is how the musician achieves what he does to create his interpretation through its use. No matter how great, or how unconventional the instrument, it lies mute without the hands of the player: hands that are operated by his mind, intelligence, imagination, and skill. However much he has studied the varying schools of baroque performance, the personality (therefore the self-expression) of the contemporary musician is inevitably influenced by what is happening on this planet now. No musician today is a canvass, pure and untouched, virginally retrospective with the sole knowledge of techniques and standards of the past. Gilles Apap uses very present ingredients deliberately. That takes as much guts as it does limitless, imaginative originality.

The world of the Arts stables many styles, many tastes: there is no 'right', no 'wrong' within it. There is a place for everyone's manège within the Muses' steeplechase of diversity, and most definitely a rosette of honour reserved for Gilles Apap and his Colors of (re) Invention.

'An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.'

Jonas Salk (1914-1995) American microbiologist

The CD programme notes indicate that this interpretation of the Four Seasons was directly inspired by the imagery of the same poetry that led Vivaldi to compose his music. For me, that is historically accurate performance!

A sprinkling of other musical colours from past, present and traditional folkloric diversity pepper the rest of this wonderfully creative recording [listen -- track 5, 0:00-0:34].

Copyright © 27 October 2002 Jennifer Paull, Vouvry, Switzerland


Gilles Apap and the Colors of Invention - Vivaldi's Four Seasons

GKJ00102 DDD NEW RELEASE 55'22" 2002 Apapaziz Productions

Gilles Apap, violin, the colors of invention: Myriam Lafar, accordion, Ludovit Kovac, cymbalum, Philippe Noharet, double bass

Schizoid Whistler (Susy's Duet Yourself); Concerto No 1 in E (La primavera) RV269; Izpupsi-knuci (trad Bulgarian); Flora Thalassa: Danse Oubliée; Romanian Tune (trad); Vivaldi: Concerto No 2 in G minor (L'estate) RV315; Avshalom Cohen: Agala Im Susa; The Heyser Bulgar (trad Jewish); The Haunted House and Isabelle Blackley (trad Irish and Scottish jigs); Dowd's Favorite, Otter's Holt, and Mother's Delight (trad Irish reels); Vivaldi: Concerto No 3 in F (L'autunno) RV293; Vivaldi: Concerto No 4 in F minor (L'inverno) RV297; Lost Indian and Ways of the World (trad old-time tunes)





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