Now, this is an amazing performance of a well known piece – at least in Europe. This performance is all about improvisation, feeling and expression. I have seen many performances of this piece, but I think this one is my favourite.
It is apparent that the mandolin is well suited to play this piece, but I really like the flamingo-like approach of Alessandro Penezzi.
As always, the music quote of the day:
czardas, also spelled Csardas, Hungarian Csárdás, national dance of Hungary. A courting dance for couples, it begins with a slow section (lassu), followed by an exhilarating fast section (friss). The individual dancers carry themselves proudly and improvise on a simple fundamental step, their feet snapping inward and outward, the couples whirling. The music, often played by a Gypsy orchestra, is in2/4 or 4/4 time with compelling, syncopated rhythms. The czardas developed in the 19th century from an earlier folk dance, the magyar kör. A ballroom dance adapted from the czardas is popular in eastern Europe. A theatrical czardas with complicated Slavic and Hungarian folk-dance steps appears in ballet, as in Léo Delibes’s Coppélia. Franz Liszt, in his Hungarian Rhapsodies, wrote music reminiscent of the czardas.
Alessandro Penezzi was born in Piracicaba, a large city near Sao Paulo February 1974. He started to play the guitar when he was just a kid and when he was 13 years old he became a professional. He studied the cavaquinho, a kind of ukulele, but the guitar became his major instrument. In 2001 he became part of the Quintessencia Trio with Aleh Ferreira on the bandolim and Julio Cerezo Ortiz on the violoncello. With this trio he won an important Brazilian music price in theinstrumental category.
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