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The Guitar and a Journey of Two, A Personal Glimpse at How Two People and Two Guitars Became One

Academic journal article Notes

The Guitar and a Journey of Two, A Personal Glimpse at How Two People and Two Guitars Became One

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The Guitar and a Journey of Two, A Personal Glimpse at How Two People and Two Guitars Became One. DVD. Directed by David Dusman. Buffalo, NY: Fleur de Son Classics, 2011. FDS-58013. $24.99.

Precision is the key element here. The Guitar and a Journey of Two by Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio showcases some of the most meticulously synchronous playing from a classical guitar duo that one could possibly desire. In one segment of the video the two performers discuss what it is that they strive to achieve in their music making. They describe it as a pursuit of "unanimity of sound." During this 75-minute DVD program they certainly demonstrate that they have not only succeeded in that endeavor but also truly triumphed. The video provides us with a fairly thorough musical background of both of the performers. Throughout the program's seven chapters we are introduced to each player's early training, their continuing solo and teaching careers, the luthiers who have crafted their instruments, and the some of the composers with whom they have collaborated.

The comparison between these guitarists' solo playing and their duet performing is one of the most interesting aspects of the video. As we hear each of these artists play solo works it is obvious that they are both quite fine musicians. But it is when they perform as a duo that the music really begins to sparkle.

Each player has strengths that perfectly complement the other. Even before the duo was formed Castellani was known for having a formidable right hand that was capable of crafting beautifully phrased melodies with crisp clarity. Andriaccio, in his youth, received formal training as a percussionist and still occasionally plays percussion with some of his students' guitar ensembles. …

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