INVISIBLE CITIES AND IMAGINARY BEINGS
In the autumn of 2012, without being aware of it, I embarked on a project that became in time one of the closest to my heart. The decision to play a thematic concert, under the title “Musica Nocturna”, was not something new to me because I have always liked to programme my recitals under an thematic umbrella, to create a story or find a leading thread. But bringing together four contemporary works for guitar (Britten, Petrassi, Takemitsu and a world premiere by Stefanescu-Patrascu) was a novelty for me.
ABOUT MIRRORS CD
From 2017 to 2019, Costin Soare has toured Romania extensively with a project that included three musical journeys from an important classical music composer to a rock/pop/tango star of the 20th century: “From Bach to Beatles”, “From Paganini to Piazzolla”, “From Schubert to Sting”. “Mirrors” includes highlights of these journeys, from the sad “Lachrimae Pavan” by John Dowland to Lennon/McCartney’s nostalgic “Yesterday”; from Schubert’s emotional lieder music to one of the musical jewels of the great Paraguayan guitarist-composer Barrios-Mangore, “La Catedral”; from Sor’s lively variations inspired by Mozart’s “Magic flute” to the famous “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” by Tárrega and more to be discovered on the CD.
The performer was accompanied in this journey by two guitars made by the Romanian luthier Alexandru Marian: one inspired by Torres and the other one by Hauser.
NOCTURNE ŞI DANSURI (Libris, Braşov, 2014):
Bach / Suitele pentru lăută BWV 995 şi 996
Takemitsu / All in Twilight
Britten / Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70
Released in 2014, Nocturnes and Dances CD was a premiere for the Romanian guitar world: presenting a repertoire which has been recorded for the first time in our country, the music of Bach’s Dances and Britten and Takemitsu’s Nocturnes comes together in a recording which shows the musician’s passion for different idioms, Costin Soare being one of the very few Romania guitarist concerned with playing and promoting contemporary music.
TWENTY SHADES OF MUSIC
Ceso Machado (n. 1953) – 1. Pacoca (Choro), 2. Piazza Vittorio (Choro maxixe), 3. Pe de moleque (Samba choro)
4. Quebra Queixo (Choro)
Bela Bartok (1881-1945) – Sase dansuri populare romanesti (Six Romanian Folk Dances): 5. Jocul cu bâtă
6. Brâul, 7. Pe loc, 8. Buciumeana, 9. Poarga românească, 10. Mărunțelul
Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010) – 11. Alfonsina y el mar
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) – L’histoire du Tango: 12. Bordel 1900, 13. Cafe 1930, 14. Nightclub 1960, 15. Concert d’aujour’hui
Jorge Morel (n. 1931) – 16. Danza brasilera
Miroslav Tadic (n.1959) – Patru piese macedonene (Four Macedonian Pieces): 17. Zajdi, Zajdi, 18. Pajdushka, 19. Jovka Kumanovka, 20. Gajdarsko oro,
Exoticism, subtle nuances, primary emotions – these are outstanding characteristics of the music on the CD Twenty Shades of Music. Oscillating between Latin America and the Balkans, the program offers everything these antipodes have in common: the taste for the folk spirit, old and new, cosmopolite and pure, melancholic and vibrant, rich in archetypes and with vital breath, but also the unique mix between joy and sadness, gathered for generations of tumultuous history, mirrored in the intense expression of tragedy with melody and dance triumphing over it.