Pas de deux
Colourful and lively: ‘Pas de Deux’ is the new album by violinist Daniel Rowland and cellist Maja Bogdanović. It contains several new pieces by contemporary composers, but also works by Maurice Ravel, Astor Piazzolla, Claude Debussy and Jean Sibelius — passing through all the colours of the rainbow.
Let’s travel a bit with Daniel and Maja. The journey starts with ‘Vattendroppar’ (‘Raindrops’), a charming musical sketch, brimming with love for nature, from the then ten-year-old Jean Sibelius. We have the ‘Ciaconna’, a subtle and virtuosic lament from Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki for Pope Johannes Paul II, who died in 2005. Next is the Latvian Pēteris Vasks, who bases his music here on a 1577 text by Saint Teresa of Ávila, a Spanish Carmelite and mystic. A little further on we come across Ravel, and his great ‘Sonata a la mémoire de Claude Debussy’, seen by the duo as their kaleidoscope, a magnifying glass that brings them both backwards and forwards in time. After a few stops, the journey ends with the tango music of the brilliant bandoneon virtuoso Marcelo Nisinman, a friend of Piazzolla. It seems inevitable that the journey ends with three early ‘Parisian’ tangos that the great tango specialist Piazzolla wrote when he lived in the French capital in the early 1950s.