The Grande Passion

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All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
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: 089408348129
  • Catalog Number: 83481
  • Sales rank: 44,330

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Misterio (7:53)
  2. 2 Double Concerto (5:58)
  3. 3 Prelude: Adagio for Theresa (1:21)
  4. 4 The Grande Passion (9:05)
  5. 5 Asia de Cuba (8:58)
  6. 6 Soledad (7:37)
  7. 7 Opus Green (10:20)
  8. 8 Libertango (5:07)
  9. 9 Azucar (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al 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
Al 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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