CD A0162: El Paņo Moruno

El Paño Moruno by The Calvert Turner Duo

CD Cover: El Paño Moruno by The Calvert Turner Duo

El Paño Moruno is a selection of the music we love to play and perform -we hope that you enjoy it too! The soundworld of the cello and harp duo seems to know no boundaries. This has been an inspiration to us since we started playing together in 2003 and has let us have a rare insight into music from around the world.

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Track Listing & Audio Samples

1 Pablo Casals Song of the Birds
2 Ravi Shankar Sonata for Cello and Harp
  Manuel de Falla Suite Populaire Espagnole
3   El Paño Moruno
4   Nana
5   Canción
6   Polo
7   Asturiana
8   Jota
  JS Bach Sonata in D BWV 1028
9   Adagio
10   Allegro
11 Saint-Saëns The Swan
12 Gershwin Summertime
13 Glazunov Chant du Ménestral
14 Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango

CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

1. Song Of The Birds by Pablo Casals

When Rowena was five she was given an old record of the cellist Pablo Casals playing this piece and it fuelled her love for the cello. The sonorities of the cello and the bird-like bisbiglandi from the harp create a peaceful,untouchable world, which reflects the humanity of Casals.

2. Sonata for Cello and Harp by Ravi Shankar
Introduction - Alap - Antara - Gat

Originally written for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and harpist Jana Boušková, this Sonata takes on the form of traditional Indian Classical music. From the prayer like opening there is a gradual and gripping acceleration throughout the Sonata. In the very last bars the interplay between cello and harp imitates the dazzling and rapid dialogue between sitar and tabla.

3 - 8. Siete Canciones Populares Españolas (from Seven Spanish Folk Songs)
Trans. Maurice Maréchal

Only once did Manuel de Falla whole-heartedly draw directly upon the folk melodies of his native land, in his set of Spanish folk songs, which he composed in 1915 while still in Paris and premiered in Madrid. The skilfully crafted accompaniments are perfectly judged to bring the melodies to life, each with its own expression of love.

El paño moruno - On the delicate fabric in the shop a stain fell; for a lower price it sells, because it has lost its value. Ay!
Nana - Sleep, little baby, sleep, sleep,my, soul, sleepy little star of the morning
Canción - Because they are traitors, your eyes, I will bury them. Seeing me weep, it wept.
Polo - A fiery flamenco dance
Asturiana - To see if I could console myself, I sought the comfort of a green pine;
Jota - Even though your mother may not like it, farewell, little one, until tomorrow.

9 - 10. Adagio and Allegro from Sonata in D, BWV 1028 by J.S. Bach

J.S. Bach wrote this sonata for the viola da gamba, during his period as composer and musician to the Court of Leopold of Anhalt-Cöthen 1717-1723. Here the cello imitates the sonorities of the viola da gamba whilst the harp imitates the percussive quality of the harpsichord.

11. The Swan by Camille Saint-Saëns

This graceful, intimate melody comes from the composer's 'Le carnaval des animaux' of 1886 and was originally written simply for the enjoyment of the composer's close friends. The harp accompaniment (originally for the piano) is the water on which the swan so serenely glides.

12. Summertime by George Gershwin

From Porgy and Bess, the bittersweet love story set in South Carolina during the Great Depression, comes this beautiful lullaby.

13. Chant du Mënestral by Alexander Glazunov

Glazunov knew that his natural idiom spoke for a world that no longer existed, and that anything he wrote would, after Revolution and emigration, be drenched with sorrow, as is this poignant Minstrel's Song.

14. The Grand Tango by Astor Piazzolla.
Tempo di tango, Meno mosso: libero e cantabile and Piu Mosso: Giocoso.

The fearless and provocative Tangos of Argentina were initially banned. After perfecting his own style of tango with Nadia Boulanger, Astor Piazzolla, himself an acclaimed bandoneónist, developed a new, greatly sophisticated Tango that was suitable for the concert hall. This one is one of Piazzola's latest works, commissioned by the great cellist Rostropovich and premiered by him in1990. 



All tracks were recorded by David Hinitt on March 21st 2007
Recorded at St.Nicholas Church, Great Munden, by kind permission of Howard Guard.

Eleanor would like to thank Brynmor Williams of Salvi Harps Ltd for the use of a beautiful Salvi 'Apollo' for this recording.

Design by Alice Palace:

©2007 Arts in Fusion

Album Information

Instruments:     Cello and Harp Duets
Genre: Classical
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0162
Label: Arts in Fusion
Year: 2007
Origin: UK

Artist Information & Contact Details

Photograph of the Calvert Turner DuoEl Paño Moruno is a selection of the music we love to play and perform -we hope that you enjoy it too! The soundworld of the cello and harp duo seems to know no boundaries. This has been an inspiration to us since we started playing together in 2003 and has let us have a rare insight into music from around the world.

Born in Essex in 1982, Eleanor Turner learning the harp at the age of five and went on to study at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Daphne Boden. In 1997, aged fifteen, Eleanor won the Audi Junior Musician Strings Final, which led to her concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. It was this performance, with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Daniel Harding, which inspired Eleanor's career as a harpist.

Since 2000 Eleanor has studied with Alison Nicholls and won the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition Award for Strings and Marisa Robles Harp Prize in 2002. Eleanor was chosen for a Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists in 2005 and won 2nd Prize in the Wales International Harp Competition 2006.

Eleanor lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire, where she composes and teaches as well as giving performances in the UK and abroad, both as soloist and as duo partner to her cellist, Rowena Calvert. She released a solo album called Childsplay in 2006, enjoys walking, dancing, listening to detective stories in the car and is mum to Iñaky.

Rowena Calvert was born in 1983 and began to play on an eighth size cello that her father restored for her when she was five. Having been awarded a scholarship to study with Ruth Beauchamp at St.Mary's Music School, Edinburgh, Rowena left her parents' croft in Scotland at the age of seven. Another Scholarship took her to The Yehudi Menuhin School where she studied with Leonid Gorokhov and had  masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis and Bernard Greenhouse.

Rowena was a BBC Young Musician 2002 National String Finalist and has given solo performances at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the UNESCU Celebrations (Paris), the British Council (India), Kronberg Cello Festival (Germany) and a concerto with the London Mozart Players.

Her college years began in London where she studied with Paul Watkins at the Royal Academy Of Music. Before long, Rowena's passion for travel took her to India where she performed in festivals and on television. As well as collaborating with Indian musicians she also taught the cello there for six months. On her return she received a scholarship to study with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music. After receiving 100% in her undergraduate Final Recital, Rowena was awarded the Leonard Rose Award 2006.She then went on to study for a PGDip at the RNCM with Hanna Roberts. Rowena has been honoured with numerous awards including the Busenhart - Morgen Evans Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Haworth Trust for cellists, an Ian Flemming Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, a countess of Munster Award and Jellineck Award.


Contact Details Eleanor Turner
Arts in Fusion
18 Doughty Street
+44 (0)1780 766559
+44 (0)7811 444935
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