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Le Repas du Lion by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDH55057
Recording details: Various dates
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: July 1989
Total duration: 10 minutes 44 seconds

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Assobio a jato 'The Jet Whistle'
composer
New York, 1950

Adagio  [3'10]
Vivo  [4'10]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The fantasy piece for flute and cello, Assobio a Jato (‘The Jet Whistle’), was written in 1950 in New York and was first performed on 13 March 1950 in Rio de Janeiro. It is dedicated to Elizabeth and Carleton Sprague Smith (flautist and musicologist), and continues Villa-Lobos’s predilection, already seen in this recording, for writing high- and low-voiced instrumental duos. The piece is primarily a musical joke, playing on the natural characteristics of both instruments. Divided into three short movements, the colourfully lyrical, bustling world of the eclectic Villa-Lobos is encapsulated here in the fluid lines and virtuosity of both partners.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1989

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