Magazine article Gramophone

'La Vida Breve'

Magazine article Gramophone

'La Vida Breve'

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'La vida breve'

Assad Menino Cassado Requiebros Falla La vida breve. Siete Canciones populares espanolas Gardel Volver Gismonti Agua e vinho Granados Danzas espanolas--Oriental. Goyescas--Intermezzo Lara Granada Plazzolla Ubertango. Nightclub 1960. Oblivion Ravel Piece en forme de habanera Nadege Rochat ve Rafael Aguirre gtr Ars Produktion (F) (SACD) ARS38159 (63' * DDD/DSD)

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What initially looks like a marginally relevant disc turns out to be a deceptively smart, feel-good collection that also solves the not inconsiderable problem of translating tango-related music to the cello. Back in the 1990s, when lots of mainstream classical artists were discovering Astor Piazzolla (the industry joke was 'Have you heard the Maria Callas tango record?'), the music survived over-cultivated performances, if just barely.

Nadege Rochat strategically employs fluid fingerings, stays close to the instrument's upper range and keeps vibrato to a minimum, assuring that little artifice intrudes on the music. In the more classical portion of the disc, namely Falla's Siete Canciones populares espanolas, the cellist inflects the line with the kind of shadings that keep one from missing the words usually heard in this music. …

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