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Estrellita - Urioste, Poster, Johnston

Estrellita - Urioste, Poster, Johnston

BIS  BIS-2428

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber


Compositions by Fritz Kreisler, Antonín Dvorák, Franz Liszt, Manuel Ponce, Joseph Achron, Maria Theresia von Paradis, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Carl Engel, Edward Elgar, Richard Heuberger, William Grant Still, Manuel de Falla, George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Victor Young & Harold Arlen

Elena Urioste & Magnus Johnston (violins)
Tom Poster (piano)


In their liner notes for this string of estrellitas( ‘small stars’), Elena Urioste and Tom Poster admit to a shared love for ‘an old-world, golden sound and for melodies that tug at the heartstrings’. This has resulted in a deeply personal collection of miniatures full of winks, sighs and tears aimed at transporting the listener to bygone eras of fireside salon concerts.

With a few exceptions, including Elgar’s Chanson de Nuit and Salut d’amour, the pieces are arrangements by the great violinists of that bygone, golden age: Auer, Kreisler, Zimbalist, Heifetz … while the originals they are based upon range from Gluck’s Melodie from Orpheus and Euridice and Liszt’s Consolation No. 3 to Beau soir by Debussy and Estrellita by Manuel Ponce. In a closing section Elena Urioste and Tom Poster also pay their respects to the Great American Songbook, with new arrangements, by Tom Poster, of Moon River, When I Fall in Love and Over the Rainbow.

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