South America (2018)

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Kodaly, Casals, Villa-Lobos, Trivisonno

Antonio Lysy, Alberto Lysy

Anastasia Petanova, Coco Trivosonno, Marcia Dickstein

South America pays tribute to the historic and contemporary ingenuity of musicians and composers from South America.  This new album celebrates the sundrenched and often intoxicating music from this continent, pay homage to Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gardel, Antonio’s father the violinist Alberto Lysy, and new work by the Argentine bandoneon master Coco Trivisonno.

This recording enabled Antonio to introduce talented and generous harpist Marcia Dickstein Vogler and flutist Anastasia Petanova, for the performances of Villa Lobos’ Black Swan for harp and cello which opens this album, as well as Jet Whistle for flute and cello.  Yarlung also had the privilege of working with Coco Trivisonno on the album, one of the last living members of Piazzolla’s intrepid ensemble, one of the titans who transformed Argentine music.  As is standard on Yarlung albums, Antonio’s performances with Marcia, Anastasia and Coco are all single takes. 

Along with pianist Martha Argerich, Antonio’s father the violinist Alberto Lysy remains one of South America’s most celebrated classical concert musicians.  Alberto had the privilege of learning this work with the composer in advance of a performance with Gaspar Cassadó in 1958.  Later, Antonio and Alberto became major performers of the work.

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Antonio Lysy

Antonio Lysy, an artist of international stature and dedicated pedagogue, has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide. He has appeared with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras of London, Camerata Academica of Salzburg, Zurich Tonhalle, the Zagreb Soloists, Orchestra di Padova e il Veneto, Israel Sinfonietta, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Les Violions du Roi. He has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sandor Vegh, and Kees Bakels, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. Lysy enjoys exploring the versatility of the cello's voice, from Baroque to electric, and is committed to projects which enrich his diverse interests in music. The currently touring show, "Te Amo, Argentina", a personal journey through the heart and soul of Argentina's fascinating culture, featuring solo cello and chamber works, dance, film, and spoken word, has met with widespread acclaim. Tango dancers Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo and the Te Amo, Argentina Ensemble, join Lysy in this inspiring multimedia experience. Te Amo, Argentina is based on Lysy's CD with Yarlung Records - "Antonio Lysy at the Broad - Music From Argentina", featuring the works of Piazzolla, Golijov, Ginastera, Bragato, and Schifrin. This CD won a Latin Grammy Award. A recent review on Musicangle.com declares it "among the most beautiful recordings of cello and piano you are likely ever to hear", and The Absolute Sound recognized it as one of the 40 best recordings of all time. Highlights of his recent work include an extraordinary recital, broadcast on live radio, celebrating Bach and the cello through performances on baroque, acoustic, and electric cellos at the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts. A recent program with Les Violons du Roi in their new and fabulous hall in the heart of Quebec city, led "Le Soleil" to remark: "Antonio Lysy shone and enchanted his audience in an arrangement for cello and strings of Schubert's Arpeggione". He presented a multimedia concert with pianist and comedian Jean Marchand, showcasing the history of his Carlo Tononi cello on its the 300th birthday. He has performed in recitals in New York and Los Angeles with pianist Rascal Rogé, and enjoys frequent collaborations with distinguished fellow faculty at UCLA's Royce and Schoenberg Hall, and Colburn's Zipper Hall. Other recent performances include a solo Bach recital at the Uffizi Library in Florence, Italy; two programs with Vladimir Ashkenazy and his sons in Lugano, Switzerland; a concerto performance with the American Youth Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles; and touring the States, Canada, Italy, and Argentina with the show 'Te Amo, Argentina'. His love and commitment to chamber music is demonstrated by his musical directorship and founding in 1989, of the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy (www.itslafoce.org). Distinguished artists from around the globe take part in this idyllic summer retreat, which is crowned by performances in medieval fortresses, palazzi, and churches in the Southern Tuscan region. Lysy has recorded extensively for CBC Radio, BBC Radio, Classic FM, and other European radio networks. His live recording of solo cello repertoire by Bach, Berio, Henze, and Walton, released on the Pelléas label, is "...some of the most beautiful Bach ever heard" (– La Presse, Montréal). In addition, he has recorded for the Claves, Dinemec Classics, and Fonè labels. In January 2012, he recorded and premiered the reworked Eric Zeisl cello concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia directed by Neal Stulberg. This cd is available on the Yarlung Records label. In the summer of 2003 Lysy accepted the position of Professor of Cello at University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the United States, he held a professorship at McGill University in Montréal. He was also, for a number of years, visiting professor at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He now resides with his family in Los Angeles. You may hear soundtracks from some of Mr. Lysy's recordings by visiting his website at: http://www.antoniolysy.com
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South America (2018)

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Kodaly, Casals, Villa-Lobos, Trivisonno

Antonio Lysy, Alberto Lysy

    JDCMD

Handing the cyberspace today to the wonderful cellist Antonio Lysy, son of the now legendary violinist Alberto Lysy (1935-2009). Antonio's projects today include being co-artistic director of the Incontri in Terra di Siena festival in Italy, teaching at UCLA and exploring a range of glorious music in creative formats, from Bach to Piazzolla. Back in 2001 Alberto and Antonio recorded the Kodály Duo for violin and cello together. This recording was released for the first time just a few weeks ago. Hungarian as Kodály may be, the album is in fact called South America and features works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Coco Trivisonno and more - paying tributes to Antonio's multifarious background and influences. The South American repertoire is irresistibly seductive and atmospheric, while the Kodály, performed with tremendous intensity, bravura and sensitivity, is more than a treat and a half.

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South America (2018)

Heitor Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Kodaly, Casals, Villa-Lobos, Trivisonno

Antonio Lysy, Alberto Lysy

Analog Recording Equipment:Sonorus ATR12 Analog Tape Recorder
Digital Converters:Hapi
Editing Software:Pyramix
Executive Producer:Claude Cellier
Mastering Engineer:Steve Hoffman, Bob Attiyeh & Tom Caulfield
Microphones:AKG C-24 with special new old stock (NOS) RCA 6072 vacuum tube , Schoeps M222 vacuum tube microphones
Producer:Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer:Bob Attiyeh, Arian Jansen & Paul Sutin
Recording location:Brain and Creativity Institute's Cammilleri Hall at University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, April 1-3, 2017
Recording Software:Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD256

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O canto do cisne negro (The Song of the Black Swan)
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Resurreccion del Angel
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Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7- Mov 1
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Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7- Mov 2
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Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7- Mov 3
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Les Rois Mages (The Three Kings)
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Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle)- Mov 1
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Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle)- Mov 2
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Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle)- Mov 3
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Prelude No. 22 in B-flat Minor
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Volver
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Divina
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Yo Te Bendigo
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