nosagcd 107 - SPARF-HÄRENSTAM DUO -

After two very well appreciated CDs (”The Bard”, nosag CD 074, and ”What Happened in Fremantle”, GASON CD 716) the guitar player David Härenstam here presents a classical music production together with virtuoso violinist Nils-Erik Sparf. The Duo here plays hot and glowing versions of music from several times: Roman, Beethoven, Paganini, Piazzolla and a fresh contemporary piece by Swede Eberhard Eyser, specially written for these musicians. Here the Duo invites the pianist Bengt Forsberg to form a brilliant Trio.

The CD ”Racconti” - Tales - is a virtuoso presentation of exciting music where the violin playing of Sparfs in some Paganinisonatas with the very listening Härenstam guitar has an extra shine, together with the sparkling version of the Piazzolla Histoire de Tango.

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Paganini: from Centone di Sonate

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MusicWeb-International: "Two eminent Swedish musicians, working together as a duo since 2001, went into the studio to record some of their joint repertoire. The result is this disc, and the scope of the enterprise is catholic to say the least, spanning from early 17th century to yesteryear. (---) Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango also tells stories from different eras. It was written in 1986 and has quickly entered the standard repertoire for flute and guitar, but it becomes even more fiery when played on the violin and Nils-Erik Sparf’s playing is anything but inhibited. Having heard him on many occasions in a wide range of music, I knew his capacity but rarely have I heard him play with such glow. The rapport between Sparf and Härenstam is also that of two twin-souls’. This is now my preferred version of Histoire du Tango. (---) With a scope as wide as this, the present disc might be something of a mixed blessing: listeners on the look-out for Roman may not be interested in Piazzolla; those with an interest in Paganini may fight shy of Eyser, and it has to be admitted that Eyser can be a hard nut to crack. However the disc goes a long way to prove that really good musicians are not hampered by boundaries between, tonal and atonal, new and old, high and low. The only boundaries are between good and bad. This disc is good. It will have a honoured place in my collection and I will certainly return to Eyser some day. "


Niccolo Paganini: Centone di Sonate - Sonata I
(1782-1840) Sonata VI
Ludwig van Beethoven: Rondo a capriccio, Op 129
(1770-1827) "Die wut über den verlorenen Groschen"
Johann Helmich Roman: Sonata e moll
(1694-1758) Played with Baroque violin
Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
Eberhard Eyser: Racconti
(* 1932) With guest Bengt Forsberg, piano
  total: 69´25

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