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Seduction: Luminesca, Australian Cello and Guitar Duo

- CD Reviews

Seduction: Luminesca, Australian Cello and Guitar Duo
2007 Solitary Island Records

Trish O’Brien on Cello
Gareth Koch on Guitar

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 21, 2007

This CD is a poignant selection of under-recorded works, all mesmerizing and inspirational. The combined cello-guitar concept includes generous solos with exceptional musicality and magical elements. Rarely have I heard so many of my long-time favorite works on one sitting, showcased with such nuance and texture. One would hope to hear this talented duo, live, in the US in the nearest future.

Notable Tracks:

#2 – Tanti Anni Prima - Composed by Astor Piazzolla. The guitar entrance invites the soulful cello in a sorrowful but loving melody. The theme repeats with delicious details, weaving the guitar embellishments.

#4 – Ave Maria - Composed by Giulio Caccini. Ms. O’Brien’s cello takes the introductory theme of this lesser-known Ave Maria. Mr. Koch’s versatile guitar plays a waterfall of notes to accompany Ms. O’Brien’s extended and elegant bow effects.

#11 - Gnossienne No. 1 - Composed by Erik Satie. This has been a long-time favorite, as are most of Satie’s works, often heard on piano or orchestrally. This combination of cello and guitar released the essence of the Gnossienne’s fluidity and surrealness. Its exotic undulating imagery evoked memories of an Egyptian belly dancer.

#14 - Spiegel im Spiegel - Composed by Arvo Pärt. This hypnotic music serves as the ballet score of Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, performed by NYC Ballet. Its raindrop ethereality is almost existential, and Ms. O’Brien and Mr. Koch captured the quiet uniqueness of this rare music.

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