Ad Vitam Records, Duo Salmona-Valette, CD, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth
“First of all Retratos is the meeting of two musicians. Having made our first steps at the same time in Parisian Music Conservatories, we have known each other since adolescence.
It is subsequently the meeting of a cello and a guitar. Coming from very different worlds, each of our two instruments, with their neighboring tessituras, is sometimes used as support, sometimes as protagonists. Together, they display the full diversity and breadth of their registers.
It is also an encounter with a work : the Sonata for Guitar and Cello by Radamés Gnattali which gave birth to this project and inspired its name. This sonata, probably one of the most accomplished works for guitar and cello, uses the two instruments in a well-balanced manner thus demonstrating all the potential of their combination. The melodic line and the accompaniment, sometimes extremely rhythmic, appear alternately in both instruments’ score. The cello is sometimes imitating the guitar with dance-like pizzicati, before unfolding all its melodic abilities.
It is finally the meeting with a repertoire. One thing leading to another, our curiosity for the contemporaries of Gnattali led us to discover unknown works for piano, voice, orchestra. So, we devised transcriptions for our two instruments of works by Brazilian composers from the late 19th century and early 20th century. Retratos is a varied and colorful look at an era and a country".