專輯中文名: 立陶宛手風琴家 Martynas
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Release Date 推出日期: 2013-10-07
Category 類别: Classical & Jazz
Label/Publisher 出版商: DECCA
Product Code 産品編号: 4785651
HKR code: 814467
Audio CD (July 9, 2013)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Universal UK
The accordion is probably most closely identified with folk music from Eastern Europe and South America, but the young Lithuanian virtuoso Martynas Levickis aims to prove that it can make all kinds of music, everywhere. His debut album on Decca is a riotous ride through a rainbow of styles, all of them artfully tailored and arranged to show off Martynas’s brilliant playing. From Beethoven to Vivaldi, Ennio Morricone to Lady Gaga, he takes the accordion around the world and back and forth across the centuries.
“Yes, I want to change the image of the accordion”, Martynas explains, “but I’m also trying to show all the different possibilities I have as a performer. All the arrangements are brand new and the pieces have never been played this way before. It’s exciting for me to be breaking some rules.” Martynas recently completed his degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has acquired all the knowledge and technical expertise of a professional classical musician, but he sees classical music as just one part of his personal mix. “At some point in my career I want to record an album of modern accordion compositions. But my new album is contemporary music too, just from a different angle.”
In 2010, while he was still studying at the Royal Academy, Martynas won the “Lithuania’s Got Talent” TV show and became a household name in his homeland. He could easily have built a comfortable performing career for himself there, but ever since one of his teachers back home told him he needed to get out of tiny Lithuania and study abroad, Martynas’s horizons have gone global.
When he first began experimenting with the accordion as a three-year-old child he was merely experiencing the sheer instinctive joy of music. “My uncle, who was the main influence behind my musical education, bought that first accordion for me. It was a very small instrument and there wasn’t a lot you could play on it. A few years later I got a huge Russian accordion. I used to play in front of the mirror so I could see the keys and where to put my fingers.”
Some visiting relatives heard the young Martynas play and recommended a music teacher. At eight, he enrolled in a music school, and when he was 12 his teachers began entering him in competitions. He won awards all over Europe, and advanced steadily to a conservatory. In 2004, he was the first accordionist to be awarded Lithuania’s Queen Morta prize. His prodigious musical talent was becoming his passport to the wider world, and in 2008 Martynas made his fateful move to London. In 2009 he won the 71st American Accordionist Association competition in Memphis, and in 2010 he took second prize at the Gala-Rini International Competition in California. Also that year he won the Coupe Mondiale, literally the accordionists’ World Cup.
It’s onward and upward. Already Martynas has performed at such prestigious venues as the Purcell Room, the Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall, with The Times of London extolling his “mastery of an instrument once dismissed as a squeezebox”. He has many more dates in his diary for 2013, but for all his success, you can’t take Lithuania out of the boy. “If you want a great weekend away”, he urges, “just go to Vilnius and walk around, because it’s a really nice city.” You may well hear an accordion player too.
Martynas Levickis – Martynas. Decca Music, 2013
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Martynas Levickis – Martynas. Decca Music, 2013
English label Decca Music edits first lithuanian musician Martynas Levickis. So far, everything is normal. But, what would you say if we told you that he's a classical accordionist who dares covering Michel Teló? Under this musical proposal, Decca Music, a label that works into classical music, has get this 23-years lithuanian's album debut to the top of Uk's classical music charts.
Martynas Levickis, student at the Royal Academy of Music of London, winner of the most importan accordionist's prize (the Coupe Mondiale) and recognized by succeeding on TV programme “Lithuania's Got Talent” in 2010 (we have to remark his performance at the beginning of the next season of this talent contest, crowned as a winner with Steve Wonder's “Isn't she lovely”), risks his cards in a game where the limits between classical and modern disappear. Far away from Balkan sounds, where it's easier to reach an instrument like the accordion, Martynas collects in this work likes and studies to outline what he can achieve with this “new” proposal.
Martinas Levickis, with the company of a band, David Garret (trumpet), a string quartet and an orchestra: leaving austerity step aside, but without big ambitions or musical grandiloquence. A virtuosity that perhaps doesn't exploit but fixes the perfect element to highlight Martynas's work in an intensive choral work.
But, how to get an accordion to UK chart's nº1? It's an instrument that has always been involved to the tango or Balkan music and in the last years has become a “must” in folkie bands with hisper-ambition... And if we think of it, it's very difficult to introduce the accordion into the English market, one of the “markets” without this musical tradition.
A fantastic journey through different styles, ages and places where Martyna's accordion tries to draw a polite line but anchoring to the classic side. Whithout breaking moulds, “Martynas” is a work where Brahms (with “Hungarian Dance Nº5”), Verdi, Bizet and his “Carmen”, Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi or Beethoven co-star with Gardel's tango, the traditional “Hava Nagila” or the emotional impact of Morricone. But the best card of this lithuanian clung to his accordion is, without question, that one with the word “cover” on its side. From Katy Perry's “Hot n Cold” to Lady Gaga's “Telephone” or Michel Teló's “Ai se eu te pego”. However, Martynas Levickis can't disable the classical tradition where he has developed his own musical training. Try to imagine how he would cover Daft Punk's “Get Lucky”... as he does it in this video.
Brahms opens “Martynas” with his “Hungarian Dance Nº5 in G Minor”, the only one track covered with a Balcan and Gypsy semblance, as the traditional “Hava Nagila” takes on a special tone more stylish and sophisticated where Martynas shows off his accelerated rhytm. But this is not an innovation. Likewise, it arrives “Czardas”, track were violin, the instrument that usually plays this theme, become a simple accordion's support.
If in “Cazardas” the accordion relegates other instruments to the background, with Beethoven's “Allegretto” we go into a non-conventional play of the German composer. A harmonic arrangement for the second moviment of the 7th Beethoven Symphony where not only Martynas surprises with his solo, but also the incorporation of a percussion line close to swing. Stunned by J. S. Bach's “Air on a G String”, it's the track that best moves in this LP. An accurated musical work as in Mozart's “Rondo alla Turca”, that must emerge in the interpretation trying to scape from copies or ancient readings of those musical scores.
Scores as Ennio Morricone's foolproof ones, straight to the heart and to the tear duct. A litle tribute to the Italian composer where the accordion takes a remarkable corporality as we travel from Alfredo Bevilacqua's “La Califfa” to Giuseppe Tornatore's “Cinema Paradiso” with the same brief calm Morricone always spreaded his work. It's as much emotion as it is a sensibility when Martynas tries to undertake the inheritance of the other side of the Atlantic: the tango. Gerardo Mato's “La Cumparsita” in a mash-up with Bizet's “Habanera” along with a nod to Gardel's “Por una cabeza” leaves behind bandoneon's sound (Piazzolla, Víctor Hugo Villena...) instead the accordion's one. Sound differences between both instruments appart, it was unthinkable Martynas won't integrate an Argentinean air in his work.
But there're 3 tracks that make this musician difference to other “initiation” works in classical music market. And these 3 tracks are the responsible of being listening this LP today. Not so much for the quality of the songs selected, as for the curiosity that can catch the attention turning famous pop songs into instrumental covers guided by the accordion. “Telephone” was the first approach to this musician proposal, the first one that made us ask about what more can he offer. “Hot n Cold” in a string quartet and accordion version and with the characteristic feature of percussion passage played with the accordion. A kind of a fret-tapping without a guitar that turns Katy Perry's song in one of the best songs of the LP. Mind you, putting away the original song and intensifying the listening in what it's hidden. Michel Teló's “Ai se eu te pego” is not as “perfect” as the other songs covered, but we have to remark that it is the only one track where Martynas Levickis tries playing and singing. Furthermore he sings in Portuguese. Afraid? Who said afraid?
With a correct interpretation without being so virtuous, Martynas is lacking in throwing feelings to us. Far from other instrumentalists such Chris Botti (trumpet) or Lucia Micarelli (violin), who are able to choreograph an emotional dance on the stage with feelings, young Lithuanian musician, has to dwell in that aspect: trying to install himself in the plot of the feelings with an internaliser and more personal interpretation of that we receive with this first edited work.
To those who have curiosity of knowing how does it Martynas with the deccaffeinated but always dramatic Lady Gaga's pop, we're showing you this version of “Thelephone”. An interesting commitment to a foreground accordion that we hope it would go further with the musical colourimetry that it always give.