- Improvisation No.9 "In Freilach Spirit"
- Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): No. 2. Nigun
- Csárdás, for violin & piano
- Siete Canciones Populares Española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
- Fuga y misterio, tango (from operetta, María de Buenos Aires)
- Romanian Folk Dances (6) (Román népi táncok), for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68
Between Worldsby Avi Avital
Fresh off an album of music by Bach, Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital returns with an album of 20th century music influenced by folk traditions. Much is made in the booklet about the boundary-crossing nature of the program, but really, aside from the fairly unusual but entirely appropriate music by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze, it is a pretty standard collection of ethnic material. It stands out for several reasons, however, one of which is simply that it's been a while since the mandolin has been asked to do so many different things. Another is the arrangements, some of which are by Avital himself: they surround the mandolin with delicate little groups of strings and/or harp, accordion, clarinet, and percussion. The effect is to set off many of the quieter mandolin effects, all of which are very elegantly executed, quite clearly. Major credit is due to Deutsche Grammophon's engineers, working at the Siemens-Villa Konzertsaal studio in Berlin, but Avital himself contributes a kind of confidence that makes you forget you're listening to a mandolin playing all kinds of things it wasn't designed for. His version of Astor Piazzolla's "Fuga y misterio" provides fresh evidence of the adaptability of that composer's music to almost any medium, and really only the "Siete canciones populares españolas" of Falla don't quite make the transition successfully. A must for mandolin lovers.
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- Deutsche Grammophon
Performance CreditsAvi Avital Primary Artist
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When one thinks of the mandolin in classical music, they usually start with the concertos of Vivaldi. In American music, the mandolin is often associated with bluegrass music. On this disc by Israeli-born virtuoso Avi Avital, many areas are explored both musically and geographically. Deutsche Grammophon released a promotional video to coincide with the release of this follow-up to Avital’s “Bach” album. Avital, a 2010 Grammy-nominee, explains in the video that this was a very personal album for him, because of the diversity of instrumentation and styles of music. References to music of the Mediterranean are made in the video, so it should be no surprise that the music of Manuel de Falla should appear on this disc. However, Avital also explores works by Bartok, Villa-Lobos, and Piazzolla as well, along with traditional Bulgarian and Welsh melodies. In the famous aria (cantilena) from Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, the usual orchestral performance becomes an intimate chamber for performance for mandolin, accordion, and double-bass. And “Hen Ferchetan” (the Welsh tune) is performed by Avital and harpist Catrin Finch. Fans of the mandolin should snap this up right away; listeners who enjoy the mandolin and are interested in hearing it in music from varying parts of the world should also find great enjoyment in this CD, Avital’s second release on Deutsche Grammophon.