by Martynas LevickisMartynas Levickis
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The boyish-looking Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis, who goes by the single name Martynas, has set out to reestablish the accordion's credibility. He does that and then some. Martynas' basic frame of reference is the strolling Middle European café accordionist of a century ago: you get Hungarian dances, opera tunes, folk pieces, and "Hava Nagila." But the accordionist's repertoire has been updated to include Tom Waits, Lady Gaga ("Telephone"), and Katy Perry ("Hot n Cold"): Martynas' ambitions seem to reach high enough that he wanted an even-handed treatment of the two reigning pop divas. Then on top of that come pieces that seem preposterous when mentioned in connection with an accordion: the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, and, most preposterously of all, the first movement of the "Winter" concerto from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. What makes all this feasible is that Martynas, who started out on the television show Lithuania's Got Talent, is as formidable an arranger as he is a player; in the Vivaldi he is playing the role of a good deal of the orchestra as well as of soloist, and the small ensemble accompanying him is deployed in such a way that the contemporary pop rhythms seem to flow naturally out of the tangos and Eastern European dances of yore. The bottom line is that this is a tremendous amount of fun, and if you think you don't like accordions, think again.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2014
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947866572
catalogNumber: 001992402
Rank: 127063


  1. Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor
  2. Theme
  3. Temptation
  4. Carmen: Habanera / La Cumparsita
  5. Por Una Cabeza
  6. Telephone
  7. Ai Se Eu Te Pego (Nossa Nossa)
  8. Hava Nagila
  9. Air On A G String
  10. Rondo Alla Turca
  11. La Califfa / Cinema Paradiso: Love Theme
  12. Hot n Cold
  13. Czardas
  14. Parlez-Moi d'Amour
  15. 2. Allegretto
  16. 1. Allegro

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martynas Levickis   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
Tom Farmer   Bass
John Haywood   Bass,Guitar,Piano
Péter Pejtsik   Conductor
David Garrett   Violin
Jeffrey Ryan Lipstein   Percussion
Gavin Broom   Trumpet
Lloyd Wade   Vocals
Katie Holmes   Vocals
Max Baillie   Violin
Hungarian Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Raven Quartet   String Quartet
Bria Skonberg   Trumpet,Vocals
Sam Gale   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Laurence Unglass   Bass
Jim Norden   Percussion
Toby Lee   Guitar,Ukeke
Phoebe Kaya   Vocals
Antanas Makstutis   Clarinet

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Georges Bizet   Composer
Johannes Brahms   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Carlos Gardel   Composer
John Haywood   Arranger,Programming,Engineer,Recording Producer,Additional Production
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Roey Shamir   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Max Martin   Composer
Rick Blaskey   Executive Producer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Beyoncé   Composer
Ben Thackeray   Engineer
Gavin Broom   Arranger
Katy Perry   Composer
Lady Gaga   Composer
Alfredo Le Pera   Composer
Tamás Kurina   Engineer
Max Baillie   Arranger
Balázs Bujtor   Orchestra Leader
Paul Mitchell   Art Direction
Vittorio Monti   Composer
Lazonte Franklin   Composer
Dan Goudie   Engineer
Alexander van Ingen   Executive Producer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Raven Quartet   Arranger
Sharon Acioly Arcoverde   Composer
Simon Fowler   Cover Photo
Karine Assis Vinagre   Composer
Antonio Cerqueira   Composer
Amanda Teixeira   Composer
Aline Da Fonseca   Composer
Bria Skonberg   Arranger
Martynas Levickis   Arranger,Liner Notes
Sam Gale   Programming,Recording Producer,Additional Production
Guy Eckstein   Recording Producer

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