Lee Ritenour / Dave Grusin

Two Worlds

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor (after Vivaldi, RV 580), BWV 1065
1 4:34
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, for voice & piano, A. 390
2 5:05
Sonatina for guitar in A major
3 4:32
Elegia, for 2 violins ("A Henri")
4 3:22
Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski)
5 3:59 Spotify
6 4:19 Spotify
7 7:01 Spotify
Romanian Folk Dances (6) (Román népi táncok), for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68
8
feat: Gil Shaham
6:45
Suite compostelana, for guitar
9 4:26 SpotifyAmazon
Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski)
10 3:18
Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031
11 2:13
12 3:59 SpotifyAmazon
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