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Cat. No. CHAN 10453 Price: £5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10453 - Summerhayes: Gypsy strings
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Available From: 01 February 2008
‘A warm welcome always awaits the London Concertante players for their programmes are inevitably laced with wit and consummate artistry’ commented a critic following a recent concert, whilst The Strad wrote ‘The London Concertante members, fine chamber musicians that they are, played with an uncanny clarity of texture in which every detail could be heard, and yet all was light and colour… quite exquisite.’

Gypsy Strings was conceived to display the impressive talents of London Concertante’s leader Adam Summerhayes and Bulgarian fiddle-player Emil Chakalov. In stunning new arrangements of traditional gypsy tunes seen from a totally different angle as well as a selection of original compositions, the two soloists demonstrate their technical agility and improvisational skills as they duel for the crown of ‘violin supremo’ in a flamboyant programme of virtuoso jousting, all with the backing of London Concertante’s twelve-player string section.

Artistic Director Chris Grist writes on the project, ‘As we performed together I was struck by two things: their amazing playing and their dedication to the highest technical standards of violin-ism. It also became apparent that they shared not only a profound love for the Eastern European fiddle music they have both known since childhood, but also an instinctive ability to improvise together.’

The players of London Concertante give a remarkable freshness and vibrancy to the fiddle heritage with haunting new melodies, exciting rhythms and some refreshingly new perspectives. The ensemble enjoys an ever growing reputation for exciting and memorable performances, thanks to exceptional players and inspired programming.
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"I’d love to be dining in a Budapest restaurant while this music is being played; but, even at home and in audio only, it provides exciting listening."

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