Obrigado: Duo Guitars
Denis Sung-Hô on Guitar
Boris Gaquere on Guitar
(See Denis Sung-Hô’s Debut at Weill Recital Hall.)
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 15, 2005
This CD includes an enchanting and elegant interpretation of Piazzolla’s Argentine tango music, unique in its duo guitar, instruments which also serve as percussion with clapping against the wood. Sung-Hô and Gaquere have captured the essence of Piazzolla, the tugging of the heartstrings. They also introduce works by Gaquere and Assad.
#1-3 – Tango Suite – Composed by Astor Piazzolla. Danceable desire is created in this sensitive and lyrical duo guitar conversation. The Allegro movement evokes the absent bandoneón, with rich resonance and racing rapture.
#4 – Jobiniana No. 1 – Composed by Sérgio Assad. With Brazilian flourishes, this introspective piece has sensitive moments. Its repetitive theme seems to tell a personal story.
#5-7 – Obrigado – Composed by Boris Gaquere. For solo guitar, with generous percussive accents, this innovative composition fuses Brazilian Samba, New Age, Flamenco, and Asian themes. Boris Gaquere shows promise as a contemporary composer for combined guitar genres.
#8 – Lo Que Vendra – Composed by Astor Piazzolla. This is a poignant interpretation of a most melancholy and pathos-infused Piazzolla composition. With contrasting volume and tempo, both guitars proceed with full synchronization and split timing.
#9-11 - Tres Cenas Brasileiras - Composed by Sérgio Assad. Sweeping melodies that evolve and wind around each other seem to fuse classical and Brazilian references. Assad is a contemporary composer to watch.
Photo courtesy of Ruben Falkowicz