[TaR's suggestions-cd] DUO MELIS "Recital"
© 2006 Azzurra Music
A delightfull musical 'dialogue' between two gifted guitar virtuosos.
A valuable contribution to the classical guitar discography.
listen: 4 tracks at tar.radio.com ( http://www.tar-radio.com/myapp/articles/view/193 )
01 Sonata K 204 A (Allegro - Allegrissimo) (Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757)
02 Sonata K. 9 L. 413 (Allegro Moderato) (Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757)
03 Sonata K 18 (Presto) (Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757)
04 L'Encouragement, Op. 34- Cantabile (Fernando Sor 1778-1839)
05 L'Encouragement, Op. 34- Tema (Fernando Sor)
06 L'Encouragement, Op. 34- Variation I (Fernando Sor 1778-1839)
07 L'Encouragement, Op. 34- Variation II (Fernando Sor 1778-1839)
08 L'Encouragement, Op. 34- Variation III (Fernando Sor 1778-1839)
09 L'Encouragement, Op. 34- Valse (Fernando Sor 1778-1839)
10 Mallorca (Isaac Albeniz 1860-1909)
11 Aragón (Isaac Albeniz 1860-1909)
12 Tango Suite- Allegro (Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992)
13 Tango Suite- Andante Rubato Melancolica (Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992)
14 Tango Suite- Allegro (Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992)
15 Sonata-Fantasia- Allegro Ritmico (Dusan Bogdanovic)
16 Sonata-Fantasia- Adagio, Rubato (Dusan Bogdanovic)
17 Sonata-Fantasia- Allegro Molto (Dusan Bogdanovic)
The Spanish Susana Prieto and the Greek Alexis Muzurakis made their debut as the Guitar Duo Melis in 1999 at the International Guitar Festival of Volos (Greece). Since then they have performed in such prestigious halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Megaron in Athens and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. They have been invited to play concerts and give master classes in international guitar festivals in Europe and America. Since 2006 they teach at the Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg ( http://www.conservatoire-strasbourg.fr/ ) ( http://www.conservatoire-strasbourg.fr/ )in France.
Susana and Alexis have won numerous prizes, both individually and together. In 1999 they won the first prize at the International Guitar Duo Competition of Frechen (Germany). The next year they won the prestigious Guitar Duo Competition of Montelimar (France) as well as the XXI International Guitar Duo Competition “Mauro Giuliani” (Italy). In 2001 the Duo/Ensemble prize at the Chamber Music Competition of Leipzig (Germany) and the same year they were the winners at the International Guitar Duo Competition of Paris (France). In 2003 they recorded their first CD after winning the recording prize “Citta di Verona” at the International Chamber Music Competition “Gaetano Zinetti” (Italy). In 2005 they successfully auditioned for the Yehudi Menuhin Society Live Music Now.
The Guitar Duo Melis has collaborated with international orchestras like the Berliner Symphoniker, the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, the Radio Orchestra of Bucharest and the National Orchestra of Thessaloniki conducted by Leo Brouwer.
Susana and Alexis have studied in Spain and Greece respectively. After that they have made postgraduate studies as duo and as solo at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (Holland), at the High Conservatory “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig (Germany) and at the High Conservatory “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin (Germany).
Their wide repertory spans from baroque music to the music of A. Piazzolla and A. Ginastera. As well as their modern concert guitars they use period instruments to perform the XIX century repertory and they devote themselves to historical researches on the performing praxis of that period. Their programmes also include concertos for two guitars and orchestra by J. Rodrigo and A. Vivaldi.
“…they are one of the most important duos in the guitar and music world … I’ m sure the future is for them…”Costas Cotsiolis
“…on the stage they show the mastery in the musical unity and they convince us that the guitar duo is a great musical instrument …”David Russell
"Susana Prieto und Alexis Muzurakis gaben ein meisterhaftes Gitarrenkonzert mit himmlischen Klängen, spanischem Feuer und lateinamerikanischem Thythmus"Rheingau Echo, Germany 2004
"Dalla Spagna e dalla Grecia duo chitarristi d'eccezione"Corriere della Sera, Italy 2002
"PISANDO FUERTE. Asombra comprobar las dotes de ambos guitarristas para captar y transmitir el concepto, la esencia de las composiciones y conseguir que llegue al público con una aparente facilidad y una rotunda coherencia"El Mundo, Spain 2002
"Remarquables furent ceux du jeune duo formé par le grec Alexis Muzurakis et l'espagnole Susana Prieto, tout de souplesse et d'exactitude rythmique, au rubato exquis, au vibrato de cristal, subleme dans le legato buté, avec des ritenuto à faire pâlir et des couleurs... convaincantes dans chaque style!"Danielle Ribouillault, Les Cahiers de la Guitare 2000
duo melis official website http://duomelis.com/ ( http://duomelis.com/ )