Airi Yoshioka, violin
John Novacek, piano
Airi Yoshioka: Sueños Místicos
Neuma 450-112 (2015)
|Roberto Sierra||Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo (2000, violin and piano)|
|Pablo Ortiz||Five Little Milanguitas (1998, solo violin)|
|Gabriela Lena Frank||Sueñios de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album (2002, solo violin)|
|Errollyn Wallen||For Airi (2008, solo violin)|
|Tania León||Axon (2002, violin and interactive computer)|
|Paul Desenne||Suite for Violin Solo (2006)|
Produced by Judith Sherman
Axon produced by Alan Wonneberger
Sueños Místicos (Mystical Dreams) presents virtuoso violinist Airi Yoshioka performing works by Latin American composers whose contemporary music reflects their personal cultural experiences. By employing her interpretive intelligence and technical mastery, Yoshioka renders beautiful and highly introspective music that inhabits the imaginative and cultural spaces inspired by her childhood readings of Latin American novels. Of particular note are her flawless intonation and control of even the most minute timbral fluctuations, all of which are exquisitely captured by four-time Grammy award winning producer and engineer Judith Sherman. Recorded in the renowned auditorium at The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, the sound of the album creates the feeling of being seated on stage during a live concert.
Each work on Sueños Místicos reveals a dazzling tapestry of Latin melodic and harmonic elements that amplify the intense connection Yoshioka and her accomplished accompanist, John Novacek, achieve with the music. Extending the Latin American influence into an unexpected realm of sonic dialogue, the album also features a work for violin and interactive computer. Composers’ works appearing on the disc are Roberto Sierra, Pablo Ortiz, Gabriela Lena Frank, Errollyn Wallen, Tania León, and Paul Desenne.