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RELEASE DATE: 18/09/2020
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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 byDebussy, 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.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin (1724) (arr. Sergio & Eduardo Abreu)
1. Le Rappel des Oiseaux
2. Musette en Rondeau
3. Rigaudons 1 & 2
4. Allemande
5. Les Cyclopes
Claude Debussy
6. Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque (arr. Ariel Nurhadi & Andrew Blanch)
7. Cakewalk from Children's Corner (arr. Julian Bream & John Williams)
8. Peter Madlem Monte Carlo
9. Isaac Albéniz (arr. Miguel Llobet) Evocación from Iberia
10. Manuel de Falla (arr. Emilio Pujol) Danza from La Vida Breve
11. Enrique Granados (arr. Emilio Pujol) Intermezzo from Goyescas
12. Radamés Gnattali: Suite Retratos
13. iii. Anacleto de Medeiros (Schottisch)
14. iv. Chiquinha Gonzaga (Corta Jaca)

Phillip Houghton: Three Duets
15. The Mantis and the Moon
16. Lament
17. Alchemy

Astor Piazzolla: Tango Suite
18. i. Deciso
19. ii. Andante
20. iii. Allegro
Andrew Blanch & Ariel Nurhadi guitar
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