Decca - 012157960-2
Concerto In A-Minor
For Four Keyboards & Guitar (4:34) (Bach)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (5:05) (Villa-Lobos)
Sonatina (4:32) (Torroba)
Suite Popular Espanola, No. 3
Cancion (3:59) (de Falia)
Lagrima (4:19) (Ritenour)
River Songs: The Water Is Wide/Shenandoah (7:01)
Romanian Folk Dances
Stick Dance/Sash (6:45).. (Bartok)
Suite Compostelana, No. 3 Cuna (4:26) (Mompou)
Suite Popular Espanola (3:18) (de Falla)
Canto Invierno (3:59)
with Lee Ritenour
Renee Fleming (soprano), Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Gil Shaham (violin), James Walker (flute), Alex Acuña (percussion), Luis Conte (percussion)
Arranged by Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour
Produced by Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour
Dave Grusin's most recent record album (we hope not his last), released in September 2000 is so rich in texture, inventiveness and execution that it is clear, he entered the new century at the very top of his form.
There is no remote parallel in his career to which one can compare “Two Worlds” which, though placed in the `jazz' category is basically classical and folk music which has been interpreted by Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, rather than given a jazz vibe. The only real jazziness about it is that indefinable something which stems from the two artists long careers in that genre. - a feeling, a lightness of touch, a visionary approach which declares that one may find more in a piece than what is written down.
It might appear to have the looser touch of the medium, but obviously, nothing was left to chance, and Lee Ritenour admitted that jazz feeling on the album was more the result of styling than improvisation.
The time, thoughtfulness and care which went into the transcription of the works herein is evident in every chord, every nuance of the classical works, but also in the warm treatments of the performers' original compositions.
The Grammy-nominated record was launched at a party held in Lee Ritenour's Malibu home on September 28, 2000 with a performance of works from “Two Worlds” which went out live around the world over the Internet. (The 40-minute program was then available at the Decca website for over six months.)
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