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|1||Preludio from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)||2:39|
|2||Suite Troileana: Whisky (Astor Piazzolla)||3:36|
|3||Suite Troileana: Bandoneón (Astor Piazzolla)||8:12|
|4||Suite Troileana: Zita (Astor Piazzolla)||3:56|
|5||Sonata No. 1, Op. 22: I. Allegro Marcato (Alberto Ginastera)||3:47|
|6||Sonata No. 1, Op. 22: II. Presto Misterioso (Alberto Ginastera)||2:21|
|7||Sonata No. 1, Op. 22: III. Adagio Molto Appassionato (Alberto Ginastera)||4:00|
|8||Sonata No. 1, Op. 22: IV. Ruvido Ed Ostinato (Alberto Ginastera)||2:15|
|9||Suite Troileana: Escolaso (Astor Piazzolla)||4:13|
|10||Saga dos Migrantes: Retirantes (Sérgio Assad)||4:04|
|11||Saga dos Migrantes: Trem da Ilusão (Sérgio Assad)||2:06|
|12||Saga dos Migrantes: Metrópole (Sérgio Assad)||1:56|
|13||Saga dos Migrantes: Saudades (Sérgio Assad)||2:35|
|14||Saga dos Migrantes: Danca Antagônica (Sérgio Assad)||1:53|
|15||Agua e Vinho (Egberto Gismonti)||2:59|
|16||Infancia (Egberto Gismonti)||4:25|
News & Reviews
- Thursday, April 26, 2012
Cal Performances 2012–13 Season to Include Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Fatoumata Diawara, Sérgio & Odair Assad, Mark Morris
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2012–13 season, which will feature Kronos Quartet as the season's Artists in Residence; Philip Glass's groundbreaking work with Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach; Fatoumata Diawara's debut; a Sérgio & Odair Assad concert with Paquito D'Rivera; and the return of the Mark Morris Dance Company with the holiday favorite Hard Nut. Subscription sales begin on Friday.
- Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Cal Performances 2011–12 Season to Include Dawn Upshaw, Kronos Quartet, Rokia Traoré, Sérgio & Odair Assad, Richard Goode
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2011–12 season, which will feature performances from a number of performers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Dawn Upshaw and Rokia Traoré, each in a collaboration with director Peter Sellars, the latter also with novelist Toni Morrison; Kronos Quartet in the Bay Area premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11; Sérgio and Odair Assad; and Richard Goode.
About this Album
The duo Assad pairs music from its native Brazil with works of Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1 on their fourth Nonesuch release. Showcasing the visceral energy, style, and sophistication of this music, Saga dos migrantes likewise holds up a mirror to the duo’s remarkable brand of virtuosity, termed “irresistible” (CD Review); “profoundly musical” (Los Angeles Times); and “simply staggering” (Option).
Sérgio and Odair Assad began performing together 30 years ago, when they were 12 and 8, respectively. One experiences the uncanny result of this long partnership in the precise and seeming unconscious ensemble they bring to everything they play. From Bach and Scarlatti to original works by Sérgio Assad, the duo has been playing a wide range of music since their boyhoods outside São Paulo, where their first teacher was their father, a mandolinist. Their first public performance took place 6 months after their studies began; they have been performing almost exclusively as a duo ever since.
Bob Hurwitz, President of Nonesuch, discovered the Assad brothers at a New York concert 10 years ago, and recorded them the next day. That Latin Amercian recording was followed by Alma Brasiliera in 1988, after which the Duo relocated from Brazil to Brussels. In 1993, they released a collection of Baroque transcriptions which was hailed by Gramophone as “a seemingly effortless command of the instruments ... [T]hey are in as tight accord as the two hands of any keyboard player.”
Matching virtuosity with sensitivity, the duo Assad returns to the music of Brazil and Argentina with Saga dos migrantes, the culmination of ten years of regular recording and concertizing activity throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Japan.
Sérgio Assad, Odair Assad, guitars
Produced by Judith Sherman
Recorded May 1995 at Muziekcentrum Frits Phillips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Engineered by Arout Probst, Channel Classics, Amsterdam
Mastered by Robert Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
All songs arranged by Sérgio Assad
Design by Eric Kohler
Cover photograph by Joel Meyerowitz
Photograph of Odair and Sérgio Assad by Pierre Dufour
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz