Thomas Enhco & Vassilena Serafimova – Funambules (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:40 minutes | 522 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: TAP Auditorium in Poitiers, September 2-6, 2015
Jazz pianist Thomas Enhco also recognized in the jazz world, formed a duo with percussionist extraordinary Vassilena Serafimova. Their first album, Funambules, appears to April 8 for Deutsche Grammophon. From Mozart to The Verve, from Bach to their own compositions.
Paths Vassilena and Thomas intersect at the crossroads … and there is of course Mozart: marimba and piano are found as equals in the three movements of the Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K.448. The virtuosity and energy of the two artists are deployed with ease in this masterpiece at a time full of joy and deep, they offer us a version never heard before.
Vassilena passes naturally through the transcript to fit a Bach fugue taken from the Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1 in G Major BWV 1001. Aquarium, extracted from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, is itself completely arranged for piano and marimba prepared, offering an inventive interpretation and full of madness. Thomas Enhco re-aligns Pavane op.50 by Gabriel Fauré for a darker, melancholy version of Vassilena while transforming its marimba in a hybrid instrument between organ, cello and bassoon.
He composed for the duo; Eclipse, a dreamy and romantic walk, playing the lightness of their two keyboards, Palimpsest, which painted a soft light with the woody waves of marimba while the slow piano melody is the path, as a guide in a forest Magic.
She teaches him a traditional song from his native Bulgaria, Dilmano, Dilbero they unite their voices clear, and create an epic and hair-raising work-river.
They order the American composer Patrick Zimmerli: Signs of Life – Blood Pressure drives the two instruments in a crazy race, bowing to Steve Reich pass. They give a full version of Bitter Sweet Symphony groove, worldwide hit Britpop group The Verve.
“I imagined this CD as (something) that opens the door of my inner world. It contains the creativity of my friends, works that I love, things that inspired me … I wanted to erase the borders between classical, contemporary and improvised music, between familiar composers and those who are beginning their journey … and in all of this, the wish to have fun, give and take pleasure … and to share it.” ~~Vassilena Serafimova
Thomas Enhco (b.1988)
1. Eclipse 04:24
Patrick Zimmerli (b.1968)
2. Signs Of Life – Blood Pressure 06:35
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata for two pianos in D Major K.448
3. I. Allegro con spirito 07:43
4. II. Andante 07:55
5. III. Molto allagro 06:13
Thomas Enhco (b.1988)
6. Palimpseste 02:40
Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
7. Pavane, Op. 50 02:09
Thomas Enhco (b.1988), Vassilena Serafimova (b.1985)
8. Dilmano Dilbero, variations on a Bulgarian folk song 08:24
Vassilena Serafimova (b.1985)
9. Mare A Mare 03:15
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
10. Sonata for solo violin in G minor BWV 1001: Fuga 05:52
Thomas Enhco (b.1988), Vassilena Serafimova (b.1985), Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
11. Aquarium (Improvisation after Le Carnaval des animaux) 02:31
Richard Ashcroft, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
12. Bitter Sweet Symphony 04:02
Thomas Enhco – piano, voice
Vassilena Serafimova – marimba, percussion, voice