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Alchemy / Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2020 [ABC 481 9101] — 1 CD (75 min.)
  • Sales Availability: Buy Alchemy on the iTunes Store
  • Library Availability: CD 3147 — Reference (not for loan) copy only

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Three duets for guitar duet
Recorded/performed at: Electron Avenue Studios, Pyrmont, Sydney, on 2020.
Phillip Houghton Andrew Blanch, Ariel Nurhadi 9 mins, 33 sec.

Also includes: Tango Suite / Piazzolla -- Clair de Lune / Debussy (arr. Ariel Nurhadi & Andrew Blanch) -- Cakewalk, from 'Children's Corner' / Debussy (arr. Julian Bream & John Williams) -- Danza from 'La vida breve' / Falla (arr. Emilio Pujol)-- Evocación from 'Iberia' / Albéniz (arr. Miguel Llobet) -- Pièces de Clavecin / Rameau (arr. Sergio & Eduardo Abreu) -- Intermezzo from 'Goyescas' / Granados (arr. Emilio Pujol) -- Chiquinha Gonzaga (Corta Jaca) from 'Suite Retratos' / Gnattali -- Monte Carlo / Peter Madlem.

Product details

Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are "two stunning young guitarists" (Sydney Arts Guide) who have been performing together since 2014, touring as a duo as well as with baritone José Carbó in The José Carbó Trio. They have been described as "breathtaking" (Canberra Critics Circle), and praised for their "dazzling guitar playing" (ArtsHub).

Alchemy, their debut recording, takes us on a journey through history and around the world, through beloved works by Debussy, Rameau, Piazzolla, Albéniz, Falla and Granados. The album also features the acclaimed Three Duets by the late Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton - including Alchemy, the first piece that Andrew and Ariel performed as a duo and the piece after which this album is named.

This is a gorgeous album, full of classic pieces beautifully performed, and announces major new stars in the already-glittering galaxy of Australia's classical guitar community.

Duration: 75 min.

Contents note:

The mantis and the moon (composed 1976 ; 3 min., 22 sec.) -- Lament (composed 1990 ; 2 min., 55 sec.) -- Alchemy (composed 1990 ; 2 min., 42 sec.).

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