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The Blue Rock Sessions


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The Blue Rock Sessions


Bion Tsang: The Blue Rock Sessions


My lifelong obsession with virtuoso miniatures found a creative landing in Texas Hill Country at the picturesque Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, only 25 miles from my home in Austin.  For three decades I have spent countless hours listening to Casals, Piatigorsky, Heifetz, Stern and others who have loved these melodies and performed them with virtuosity, artistry and sincerity.

As a student more than 20 years ago, I began transcribing Casals recordings of character pieces, sometimes with a piano score, other times, a blank page.  Transitioning from pupil to performer, I added some of my favorite violin miniatures as well.  Collecting these 18 treasures to be both heard and seen is a dream come true.

 Retreat with me as we turn over these gems again.  Welcome to The Blue Rock Sessions.
 

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The Videos


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The Videos


Tune in This Fall to all 18 videos from the blue rock sessions:


1. ANTONÍN DVOrÁK

Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7 for Cello & Piano (arr. by Heifetz/Tsang)

2. CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

Mélodie, from "Orpheus et Euridyce," for Cello & Piano (arr. by Stern/Tsang)

3. CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

The Swan, from "The Carnival of the Animals," for Cello & Piano

4. Manuel de Falla

El paño moruno, from “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” for Cello and Piano

5. MANUEL DE FALLA

Asturiana, from “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” for Cello and Piano

6. MANUEL DE FALLA

Jota, from “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” for Cello and Piano

7. MANUEL DE FALLA

Nana, from “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” for Cello and Piano

8. MANUEL DE FALLA

Cancion, from “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” for Cello and Piano

9. MANUEL DE FALLA

Polo, from “Suite Populaire Espagnole,” for Cello and Piano

10. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

None but the Lonely Heart, Op. 6, No. 6, for Cello and Piano (arr. by Stern/Tsang)

11. PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Mélodie in E flat, Op. 42, No. 3, for Cello and Piano (arr. by Heifetz/Tsang)

12. PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6, for Cello and Piano (arr. by Stern/Tsang)

13. Sergei Rachmaninoff

Prelude, Op. 2, No. 1, for Cello and Piano

14. SERGEI RACHMANINOFF

Danse Orientale, Op. 2, No. 2, for Cello and Piano

15. Giovanni Sgambati

Serenata Napoletana, Op. 24, No. 2, for Cello and Piano (arr. by Casals)

16. Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in E flat, Op. 9, No. 2, for Cello and Piano (arr. Casals)

17. Aram Khachaturian

Sabre Dance, from "Gayane," for Cello and Piano (arr. by Heifetz/Tsang)

18. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Figaro, a Concert-Rhapsodie on Rossini's "Barber of Seville," for Cello and Piano (for Heifetz, arr. by Tsang)