Antonio Lysy at The Broad - Music from Argentina (2010)

Piazzolla, Ginastera, Schifrin

Antonio Lysy

Argentina is a land of myth as much as a land of history. It was here that Maria Callas and Enrico Caruso sailed for such memorable performances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires during their summer vacations. European musicians flocked to Argentina during the Second World War as a safe haven and because they felt at home with the elegance of the European-styled theaters, audiences, and ambiance. Additionally the vastness of the landscape and the huge Argentine ranches gave the country a cultural aspect reminiscent of the famed “American West” of the 1890s. But the open ranges still exist in Argentina today.
Antonio Lysy captures the cultural range of this country in our recording. He chose these particular works because they all draw  inspiration from the folk music traditions of Argentina. Like Bartok in Europe and Copland in the United States, Ginastera served as the Argentine grandfather of a generation of composers who turned folk tunes into concert music that became known as quintessentially Argentine. Ginastera focused on Inca and Gaucho rhythms and melodies, much as Bartok drew inspiration from folk tunes from Eastern Europe. All of the composers on this album follow Ginastera’s lead. The rich and romantic sound of the Argentine savanna (or Pampas) returns in the newly commissioned work by Schifrin. And Antonio evokes the atmosphere of smoke-filled urban dance bars in two famous works by Piazzolla.

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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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Antonio Lysy at The Broad - Music from Argentina (2010)

Piazzolla, Ginastera, Schifrin

Antonio Lysy

    AVC Atlanta

…we thrill to Iivonen’s beautifully contoured molding of some of the composer’s shapeliest melodies. Few accounts I have heard of this marvelous work for unaccompanied violin have been so successful in stressing its forward looking dynamism.

Phil Muse

    The Audiophile Voice

“Antonio Lysy at the Broad: Music from Argentina is pretty close to irresistible musical. …Try one … you’ll hear the sound quality right away, I’m sure. Even before your brain starts analyzing the soundstage, bass and treble extension, dynamics macro and micro, etc., you’ll know you like it.”

George Witterschein

    Musicangle.com

…sonically and musically exquisite…. If you don’t agree that this is one of the finest recordings you have ever heard, your system needs to go in for repairs.

Michael Fremer

Antonio Lysy at The Broad - Music from Argentina (2010)

Piazzolla, Ginastera, Schifrin

Antonio Lysy

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Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray

Yarlung makes recordings in concert halls, not studios. Our albums capture the sound of our musicians playing in real acoustic spaces. Yarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer. We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD. Our sincere thanks to The International Rectifier for making this project possible.

Producer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording location: The Broad Stage, Santa Monica
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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Oblivion
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Triste (from Cinco Canciones Populares Argentinas op. 10)
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