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  • Performer: Cavatina Duo
  • Composer: Tadic; Assad; Karmon; Rivera;
  • Audio CD (April 27 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ced
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHO0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Almost too good for its own sake April 23 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Balkan Project celebrates the varied music of the Balkans: Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, and parts of Turkey and Romania. There's a little here of the folk music of all these countries, done up in modern arrangements for guitar and flute. And varied the music surely is, given that the area has seen the influences of numerous other peoples for about as long as history has recorded such things.

The Cavatina Duo (flutist Eugenia Moliner and guitarist Denis Azabagic) are wonderfully expressive in the music, creating little mood pieces in each of the short works on the program. The pair are flawless virtuosos, fully in command of the music and able to communicate it as fluidly, I would imagine, as any other performers could do for any possible audience. If the duo sound possibly more suave, more polished, more sophisticated than the traditional or folk or gypsy music suggests, you can't blame the performers for simply being so good.

John J. Puccio
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Disk May 14 2014
By Richard J. McDaniel - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having recently enjoyed seeing the Cavatina Duo in concert, I was curious how they would sound in studio.
I was pleasantly surprised. The guitar and flute blends perfectly. Complementing and pushing each other in some pretty interesting compositions. I look forward to buying some more of their music. Highly recommended!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well played, interesting arrangements of Balkan folk music Aug. 7 2015
By Nobody important - Published on
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I come to this album, not by knowledge of the performers, but out of interest in Macedonian music played on guitar. I have long been a fan of Miroslav Tadic, Vlatko Stefanovski, Goran Ivanovic, and the style associated with such players. I love the fiery improvisation and the rhythmic quirks of Balkan folk music traditions. The Tadic connection led me here since the performers are heavily influenced by his arrangements. But I'm not really big on classical music. I'm also not generally a big fan of flutes. So, combine a classically-trained guitarist and a flutist, and I am slightly skeptical. However, Tadic has employed flutists, both on his Bracha project and later collaborations with Stefanovski, so I gave this a try. I'm glad I did. My frequent disinterest in classical music comes from the overly-rehearsed sound that many players wind up creating when they apply muscle memory rather than spontaneous improvisation. It should be noted that Stefanovski is known for his jazz-fusion project, Leb i Sol, which helps to explain why his Balkan folk music sound so vital to me. Denis Azabagic is classically trained, but he brings a similar fire to his playing that the previously mentioned artists do, and while the flute will never be my favorite instrument, jazz musicians like Yusef Lateef and Roland Kirk could always get great sounds out of it by not sounding too soft. Eugenia Moliner brings the kind of clean tone that classically-trained musicians do rather than the recklessness of Roland Kirk, but the odd rhythmic twists of Balkan folk music keep her enough on her toes that she can't relax. That's the key. The intersection of European and Middle Eastern structures that create Balkan music never let anyone rest, and as a result, Moliner and Azabagic just show what happens when you apply perfect discipline to a wild style. That contrast makes the album work.

The arrangements will be familiar to those who listen to Tadic and his contemporaries, but the instrumental arrangements bring something new to the pieces anyway. Yes, if you have albums by the above-mentioned players, you already have multiple recordings of pieces like Jovano Jovanke, but the Cavatina Duo bring enough uniqueness to justify even more versions of these wonderful pieces. Even a classical music-averse flute-hater like me can enjoy it.

Further listening: Tev Stevig

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