Grande Passion

Grande Passion

by Al di Meola
     
 

A rich, moody tapestry with flashes of fire, this CD incorporates elements of jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, tango, and Middle Eastern music. Sounding like the romantic soundtrack to an excellent foreign film, it's full of splendid moments, like the wash of colors on "Double Concerto," a sinuous composition by Al di Meola's "musical father and friend," See more details below

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A rich, moody tapestry with flashes of fire, this CD incorporates elements of jazz, fusion, classical, Latin, tango, and Middle Eastern music. Sounding like the romantic soundtrack to an excellent foreign film, it's full of splendid moments, like the wash of colors on "Double Concerto," a sinuous composition by Al di Meola's "musical father and friend," Astor Piazzolla. Di Meola interprets two more beauties from the late Argentine tango legend -- the tender "Soledad" and the churning, incendiary "Libertango," where he uses MIDI technology to approximate the classic bandoleon sound -- and offers six of his own. One of them, the title track, could be the most gorgeous, soulful melody of 2000, stated in ways alternately delicate and powerful; when it finally crescendos it's like the ocean lifting, with the sun sparkling on it. His "Opus in Green," written with fine Argentine pianist Mario Parmisano, is very Return to Forever-like. Di Meola has phenomenal technique and a gift for unhackneyed writing; his famous blistering runs are in here, but only when they further the music -- not gratuitously added for their own sake. The arrangements by di Meola and Parmisano make optimal use of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and soloists, creating an organically textured whole rather than the stringy soup that too often drowns such collections.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408348129
catalogNumber:
83481
Rank:
56325

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

di Meola   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dumbek,Percussion,Cymbals,Oboe,Electric Piano,Bandoneon,Tambur,Roland Synthesizer
John Patitucci   Percussion,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Michael Philip Mossman   Trumpet
Erica Goodman   Harp,Performing Ensemble
David Hetherington   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Audrey King   Cello,Performing Ensemble
Gumbi Ortiz   Conga
Mario Parmisano   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano
Christopher Redfield   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Victoria Richard   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Fred Rizner   French Horn,Performing Ensemble
Hernan Romero   Guitar,Vocals,Charango
Wendy Rose   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Michael Sweeney   Bassoon,Performing Ensemble
Kent Teeple   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Arto Tuncboyaciyan   Percussion,Vocals
Virginia Wells   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Carol Fujino   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Cynthia Steljes   Oboe,Performing Ensemble
Roberto Occhipinti   Bass,Performing Ensemble
Oscar Feldman   Tenor Saxophone
Bridget Hunt   Violin,Performing Ensemble
Daniel Blackman   Viola,Performing Ensemble
Gilad   Percussion
Harcus Hennigar   French Horn

Technical Credits

di Meola   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Toronto Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
David Baker   Engineer

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