Anne Gastinel / Pablo Márquez

Ibérica

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It's curious why there are not more compositions for cello and guitar duo. The two overlap greatly in range, have wonderfully complementary timbres, and possess virtually none of the inherent balance problems encountered when pairing the cello with the more commonplace piano. The guitar is often thought of in term of Spanish or Latin-influenced music, and though there have been many compositions written for the cello by composers from these parts of the world, precious few have bothered to incorporate the guitar as a duo partner. Why? Good question, so thinks cellist Anne Gastinel and guitarist Pablo Márquez on their album entitled Ibérica. The disc features an immensely pleasing array of works by Manuel de Falla, Gaspar Cassadó, and Enrique Granados, for solo cello, solo guitar, and, by way of masterful transcription, cello and guitar duo. Though French by birth, Gastinel plays with completely convincing Latin flair and panache. Her immaculate technique allows her to emphasize each subtle nuance, every flashy ornament, and every detailed rubato with the utmost ease. Márquez is likewise a master of his craft; the two artists joined together makes for an enthralling and wholly satisfying listening experience. Both provide listeners with powerfully stylized solo performances, but it is when they perform in tandem that listeners are really treated to the amazing sonorities that these two instruments are capable of producing.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 03:38
Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40
2 02:09
3 01:18
4 02:27
5 03:04
6 01:48
7 01:22
8 01:33
9 03:37
10 02:28
11 03:05
El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 1, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part I), G. 58
12 04:10
El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version)
13 01:25
14 04:42
El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part II), G. 59
15 02:45
Suite for cello solo
16 05:58
17 03:17
18 06:12
Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136
19 02:28
Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2
20 03:46
Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136
21 01:13
22 02:08
23 03:11
24 01:25
25 02:20
26 00:46
27 04:04
El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version)
28 01:57
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