Enchanting sounds

Thursday, 6. February 2020

“carry the listener away into a world of enchanting sounds.“ Pizzicato Magazine

Remy Franck, owner of the Pizzicato Magazine, one of the leading magazines in Classical music wrote the review of the Debut Album “Romance – Canciones y Danzas” by Tjaša Kastelic and Jerzy Chwastyk

Romance; Bartok: Rumänische Volkstänze Sz. 56; De Falla: Suite populaire Espagnole; Debussy: Romance, Beau Soir; Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango, Adios Nonino, Tanti Anni Prima; Fauré: Après un rêve; Tjasa Kastelic, Violine, Jerzy Chwastyk, Gitarre; 1 CD smallgreatmusic QBQ 032; Aufnahme ?, Veröffentlichung 12/2019 (48′) – Rezension von Remy Franck

With this CD, Slovenian violinist Tjasa Kastelic and her congenial accompanist Jerzy Chwastyk on the guitar carry the listener away into a world of enchanting sounds.
The programme begins with Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, which Kastelic enlivens with many dynamic nuances and an astonishingly rich palette of colours. Above all, however, the interpreter tries with great refinement to give the music a meaning and not to let it fade away in pure brilliance.
In his suite Populaire Espagnole, De Falla portrays a colourful and sensual Spain. It takes a warm and sensual violinist like Tjasa Kastelic to reproduce the atmosphere of these Spanish melodies. The sometimes sensually coarse, sometimes enchantingly pure tone of the violin expresses a great passion.
In the pieces of Debussy and Fauré Tjasa Kastelic’s playing is stylish and expressive. Even in the finest pianissimo, her violin sound still has something firm and essential, since it blossoms not only in the exuberance of the cantilenas. This also applies to the pieces by Piazzolla. In ‘Histoire du Tango’, for example, the two performers translate the sensual lasciviousness of this music very well.
Jerzy Chwastyl proves to be a master of breathing and vocal line on the guitar. The introverted dimension is always present in his playing, which never seems shy or distant and is therefore not limited to the simple role of accompanist.

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