Title - 'Affinity'
Artist - Sharon Isbin
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY-Award winner Sharon Isbin was named the 2020 Musical America Worldwide Instrumentalist of the Year; the first guitarist ever to receive the coveted honor in its 59 year award history.
Isbin has appeared as soloist with over 200 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in many of the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Geffen Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, et al.
Isbin’s catalogue of over 30 albums from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion, has sold nearly a million copies and reflects her remarkable versatility.
Her two latest releases in May 2020 of world premiere recordings of music composed for her are Strings for Peace, with India’s legendary Amjad Ali Khan in a program of ragas for guitar, sarod and tabla, and this one here, Affinity (featuring Chris Brubeck’s acclaimed concerto for guitar and orchestra).
1. 'Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra' (16:08)
2. 'El arpa del guerrero' (4:04)
3. 'La huida de los amantes por el valle de los ecos' (4:09)
4. 'Balada de la doncella enamorada' (5:52)
5. 'Waltz No. 3 Natalia' (feat. Colin Davin) (2:59)
6. 'Seven Desires for Guitar' (10:56)
7. 'Listen ...' (3:48)
8. 'This Night of Love ...' (2:18)
9. 'Your Beauty ...' (4:55)
On this historic ZOHO release, Isbin performs multi-faceted and virtuosic new works for guitar, written for her by four leading composers.
From the Africa-influenced El Decameron Negro by iconic Cuban guitarist/composer Leo Brouwer, through the Chinese and Spanish influenced Seven Desires by Tan Dun, to Richard Danielpour's song cycle Of Love and Longing and the jazz and world music-influenced Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra by Chris Brubeck, Isbin gives her inimitable imprint to, and vastly enriches major new repertoire for guitar.
This beautiful, simply divine new album opens with the perky, playful 'Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra' and backs that up with the dulcet guitar work of 'El arpa del guerrero,' the cautious 'La huida de los amantes por el valle de los ecos,' and then the third of the El Decameron Negroes, the tender 'Balada de la doncella enamorada.'
The whirlingly stupendous majesty of 'Waltz No. 3 Natalia' (feat. Colin Davin) is a pure, unadulterated joy to behold and is followed by the sterner, more pronounced tenures of 'Seven Desires for Guitar' (featuring work by classical composer and pianist, Tan Dun).
An operatic trilogy Of Love and Longing rounds out the album, with the first being the expansive 'Listen ...' which is followed by the shorter, Spanish-guitar inspired 'This Night of Love ...', with the mood evoking 'Your Beauty ...' bringing the album to a close.
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