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Crossing over between ragtime, tango, modern classical and folk music of various cultures, this collection of recent works for violin and guitar spans a period from Astor Piazzolla's 1986 composition Histoire du Tango to Tim Hansen's 2007 re-scoring of Earwig for Zoë and Daniel.
The concept behind "Lady Sings the Viol" was to create a CD of "covers" of popular tunes. Five very different singers individually and collectively perform songs from 1300 to the present day including music by Piaf, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin's bassist), Schubert and Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.
This is a fascinating and diverse program of works from the Southern hemisphere, born of the musical interests of both performers and the very nature of the flute and guitar medium. In the same way that folk songs and dances cross easily into salon and concert music in the repertoire for flute and guitar, these influences intersect comfortable with character pieces and poetic miniatures.