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Slava Grigoryan guitar | Sharon Grigoryan cello
Australia’s favourite musical couple, Slava and Sharon Grigoryan, invite you to their place and to hear them play their favourite pieces of music for you.
In their very first album together as a duo, Slava and Sharon play the music that means the most to them – from the first serious piece that Sharon ever played as a student and pieces composed by Slava’s guitar heroes, to pieces written specifically for them by friends and family.
“We have now been playing together for five years,” Slava and Sharon write, “And have always known that we wanted to record together. So by the time we scheduled the recording sessions for this album, we had already been talking about it for a few years, and every piece here has been thought about, and tried and played, put on the shelf and come back to.
“Every piece on this album holds a special place in our hearts for different reasons: Ravel’s Habanera was one of the first pieces that Sharon played as a student that opened up her musical imagination; composers Bill Lovelady and Wolfgang Muthspiel are dear friends and long-term collaborators of Slava’s, Astor Piazzolla’s Café 1930 is the first piece we played together as a duo, and Edward Grigoryan’s Ngeringa was composed as a birthday present for Sharon.
That’s why this album is so special to us.”
Regarded as a ‘wizard’ of the guitar, Slava Grigoryan has forged a prolific reputation as a classical guitar virtuoso. Born in Kazakhstan, he immigrated with his family to Australia in 1981 and began studying the guitar with his violinist father Edward at the age of 6. By the time he was 17 he was signed to the Sony Classical Label. His relationship with Sony Classical, ABC Classic in Australia, ECM in Germany and his own label Which Way Music has led to the release of over 30 solo and collaborative albums – four of which have won ARIA Awards – spanning a vast range of musical genres.
Sharon Grigoryan has been the cellist with the Australian String Quartet since 2013, and has been invited to be Guest Principal Cellist with the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. She is the current Artistic Director of the Barossa, Baroque and Beyond music festival, which recently completed its fifth year. In 2019 Sharon curated a chamber music series, Live at the Quartet Bar, for the Adelaide Festival Centre, and made her debut as a radio presenter on ABC Classic.
1. SUMMER arr. Slava Grigoryan Julie-O
2. ASSAD Jobiniana No. 4
3. LAGINHA arr. Slava Grigoryan Tanto Espaço
4. MUTHSPIEL Dark Silk
5. RAVEL arr. Slava Grigoryan Pièce en forme de Habanera
6. GRIGORYAN Ngeringa
7. PÄRT arr. Slava Grigoryan Spiegel im Spiegel
8. PIAZZOLLA Histoire du tango: II. Café 1930
9. LOVELADY The Brightest Stars Shine Half as Long
ZENAMON Reflexões No. 6
10. I. Fluido
11. II. Doloroso
12. III. Vivissimo
13. PIAZZOLLA arr. Slava Grigoryan Ave Maria
with Leonard Grigoryan guitar
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