Antonio Lysy Antonio Lysy At The Broad: Music From Argentina on 180g LP from Yarlung Records
INCREDIBLE SOUND: Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Cut by Doug Sax
Latin Grammy-Winning LP Possesses One of the Most Realistic-Sounding Performances of Cello and Piano That You'll Ever Hear
Recorded on Vacuum-Tube Microphones: No Compression or Limiting Used in the Process
Virtuosic Violinist Performs the Music of Piazzolla, Ginastera, Bragato, Golijov, and Schifrin
"If this recording doesn't move you emotionally you are brain dead. If you don't agree that this is one of the finest recordings you have ever heard, your system needs to go in for repairs." --Michael Fremer, MusicAngle.com
Cellist Antonio Lysy has performed as soloist worldwide, in major concert halls, appearing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, and in Canada with the Montreal, Toronto, Symphony Orchestras, and Les Violons du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and Sandor Vegh.
With The Music of Argentina, the virtuosic cellist has achieved that ever-rare feat in record-making: A phenomenal disc of performance mated with equally phenomenal sound. Trust us: You will rarely, if ever, hear a more realistic-sounding LP of cello and piano. Mastered at the Mastering Lab by Steve Hoffman, with lacquers cut by Doug Sax, and involving no compression or limiting, this 180g LP is just amazing. The original performances were also recorded on vacuum-tube microphones to preserve the sonic integrity. If you don't believe our rave opinion, here's what MusicAngle.com writer and analog maven Michael Fremer said in his June 2011 review:
"About the sound: this was recorded at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica using an AKG C-24 stereo tube microphone fitted with its original brass C12 tube, to Agfa 468 tape. Cables were Yarlung-Records-designed stranded silver interconnects, preamps were customized vacuum tube units, with no mixer involved. Doug Sax and Sangwook Nam mastered for vinyl at The Mastering Lab with no compression or limiting. The stage is spacious, the mix of direct to reflected sound is ideal, the image solidity, stability and focus are life-like and the level of transparency and freedom from electronic artifacts are unsurpassed in my listening experience."
As for the music? Heavenly. We'll let Lysy explain it in his own words, below. Order a copy of this amazing classical LP today!
I am delighted to present this music by Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, José Bragato, Osvaldo Golijov and Lalo Schifrin. These works highlight the cello as a solo instrument and illustrate the impact of pre-Hispanic Amerindian traditions and Spanish based Creole influences as well as the effect of more modern musical developments like the tango on Argentine composers.
My personal interest in this music emanates from my heritage: My father Alberto, to whom I lovingly and respectfully dedicate this album, was born in Argentina and returned there frequently throughout his distinguished career as a concert violinist and pedagogue. On my first journey to Argentina with him when I was a young performing cellist, he introduced me to the sounds and textures of a fascinating and colorful country, one I had only previously known as a child on vacation. All of a sudden this music filled me, from Ginastera’s rhythmically contrasting works to the sentimental and passionate Tangos played over the radio, to the rich repertoire of folk songs performed by Eduardo Falú.
On each successive return I discovered more about the wonders of the land extending from the icebergs beyond Tierra del Fuego in the south, to the jungle and waterfalls of Iguazú in the north. I learned more about the fabulous and simultaneously tragic history of the many peoples of Argentina, drinking Yerba mate and discussing the Guardia Vieja (the first generation of tango players) with the Porteños (people from Buenos Aires), riding horses with friends in the Pampas, the rich Argentine grasslands.
Unforgettable events included playing in the large, ornate, Italianate opera house, the Teatro Colón, going to the many post concert asados (Argentine barbecue feasts) at country estancias or ranches. Over the years I continued to search for Argentine music written for my instrument, and I asked composers and arrangers to create more works for ‘cello. It is my privilege to be presenting some of these works in this recording.
Antonio Lysy Antonio Lysy at the Broad: Music From Argentina Track Listing:
1. Pampeana, Rhapsody No. 2, Op. 21
2. Graciela Y Buenos Aires
3. Triste, from Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas, Op. 10
4. Zamba, from Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas, Op. 10
7. Punena No. 2, Op. 45
8. Milonga del Angel
9. Le Grand Tango