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MP3 The McDonald-Bianculli Flute & Guitar Duo - Hill of Slane: Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns

Classical Music that crosses borders, styles and traditions and provides fresh new interpretations of classics from the repertoire.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (60:50) !
Related styles: CLASSICAL: Chamber Music, CLASSICAL: New Age

Hill of Slane – Psalms, Sonatas & Sojourns
by Pasquale Bianculli and Kathleen McDonald

Just to the west of Dublin, in County Meath, the Hill of Slane rises above the ancient landscape. Myths from the seventh century recount that St. Patrick lit the Paschal fire in defiance to High King Logaire. Despite his defiance, or maybe because of it, he was permitted to continue his missionary work in Ireland converting the king’s pagan armies to Christianity. The ruins of the friary and Law College remain, with an imposing, time-worn statue of St. Patrick himself standing in their midst.

We visited this mystical place during this recording and, like McKinnon, were overwhelmed by its beauty and mystery. Our sojourn seemed to clarify for us the very goal of this CD: to share, in some small way, the beauty and timeless mysteries found in this music.

About the Artists:
“…a marvelous blend…the cohesive warmth of their playing is a unique form of wedded bliss and New York is the richer for it…” CLASSICAL GUITAR, London, England
“…the four Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser were lovingly rendered by Kathleen McDonald and Pasquale Bianculli”…TIMES-COLONIST, British Columbia, Canada
“…Mr. Bianculli had a masterful touch, a fine sense of dynamic contrast and an excellent feel for phrasing…Ms. McDonald had the virtuosic agility for this piece (CPE Bach, “Hamburg Sonata”),…an impeccable sense of ensemble throughout the concert...” PIONEER, Long Island University,New York

Known for their sensitive performance of chamber music, Kathleen McDonald, flute, and Pasquale Bianculli,guitar, have been playing music together since 1977. They met while students at Stony Brook University in New York. As a duo, they have toured throughout Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. Amongtheir concerts have been appearances at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Other concerts include De Doelen in Rotterdam, the World Trade Center Curaçao in Willemstad, King’s House in Kingston, Jamaica, TheaterForum Kreutzberg in Berlin and the Grand Canyon Lodge in Arizona.

They toured Europe in 1998 performing in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France. The duo had the honor of playing music for a 1978 New York master class by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. He improvised a sketch to their music on the spot and applauded the duo.

Pat and Kathy taught at the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica W.I., and performed throughout the island in schools, churches, hotels and on radio and TV as part of a government sponsored program in 1990. In 2005, Kathy and Pat, along with Harris Becker, began a music festival in rural Quèbec, Midsummer Music Dream/Songe d’été en musique. The festival brings together Canadian and American musicians for a festival of concerts, workshops and private instruction in one of the most beautiful and bucolic settings in the Eastern Townships of Quèbec.

Kathy and Pat live in Brooklyn Heights, NY where they continue to enrich the community with their music. Kathy directs “Baroque Across the River”, an early music ensemble that plays concerts in historical settings in Brooklyn and around the New York region. She is a student of Samuel Baron and Sandra Miller and has performed in master classes with Marcel Moyse in Vermont. Pat is Adjunct Professor of Guitar at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus and Guitar Instructor at the United Nations International School. His teachers include Jerry Willard, Edgard Dana, Joseph Cassano and Billy Bauer.

Hill of Slane is the duo’s first CD. It was recorded and edited by John Kilgore at John Kilgore Sound & Recording and mastered at Candlewood Digital LLC by Richard Price.

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