1. Intimate Impressions / Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan

Intimate Impressions / Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan

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The excellent new album Intimate Impressions for Two Guitars by the duo Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan consists of music originally written for piano, harp,...

The excellent new album Intimate Impressions for Two Guitars by the duo Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan consists of music originally written for piano, harp, or two guitars by leading 20th century composers who spent the bulk of their careers working in Paris, such as Ravel, Debussy, Mompou, Tailleferre, and Jolivet. The arrangements, the majority of which are by the Cicchillitti/Cowan duo, eloquently illustrate that the tone colors, intimacy, and pure lyricism of the composers’ styles are ideally suited to the guitar, and that the harmonic language translates beautifully to a guitar duo. Simply captivating!

REVIEW:

New additions to the guitar duo repertoire: 20th Century French works arranged for two guitars, artistically performed by Canadian guitarists who clearly have command of transcription skills, and also a unified delivery of the music in all its technical complexity and musical depth. Drew Henderson and Michael Kolk’s arrangement of the `Prelude’ from Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, the only arrangement in the program not by the duo, is nothing short of stellar in concept and execution. There follows the almost obligatory contemporary work on the program, Serenade by Andre Jolivet. Even though it was written for and premiered by Presti & Lagoya, an inspiring duo from the mid-1900s not known for avante-garde musical excursions, it disrupts the flow in this otherwise delightful program of warm and uplifting music. Liner notes by Richard Turp are well written and interesting, leaving the listener with a fairly complete picture of the music.

-- American Record Guide



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 16, 2021


  • UPC: 628588879322


  • Catalog Number: AN28793


  • Label: Analekta


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Maurice Ravel, André Jolivet, Federico Mompou, Germaine Tailleferre, Claude Debussy


  • Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan



Works:


  1. Sonatine

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)


  2. Música Callada

    Composer: Federico Mompou

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)


  3. Sonata pour Harpe

    Composer: Germaine Tailleferre

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)


  4. Preludes, Book 2: no. 5, "Bruyères"

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)


  5. Arabesque no. 1

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti (Guitar)


  6. Preludes, Book 1, no. 8: La fille aux cheveux de lin

    Composer: Claude Debussy

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)


  7. Sérénade

    Composer: André Jolivet

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)


  8. Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Performer: Steve Cowan (Guitar)


  9. Le Tombeau de Couperin: 1. Prélude

    Composer: Maurice Ravel

    Performer: Adam Cicchillitti, Steve Cowan (Guitars)