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Having tackled Bach's Cello Suites, Dutch cellist Mayke Rademakers and her pianist Matthijs Verschoor concentrated on the cello literature and music of Spanish and South American composers. Mayke and Matthijs have had a life-long fascination with Spanish music, which has long been part of their repertoire.They both worked and studied in Spain, and Mayke spent some time in Buenos Aires, because she wanted to see the tango with her own eyes and 'taste' it. The result is their new CD entitled La Furia (fury, anger, storm), which will be premiered at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw on 27 March.
This CD also celebrates Mayke and Matthijs's ten-year partnership. For ten years the duo has been playing the 'Suite Popular Española' by Manuel de Falla; 'Le Grand tango' by the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla also lends colour to their passionate music.
As Matthijs Verschoor says enthusiastically, "Spanish folk music is the most interesting in the whole of Europe, in part because of the diverse centuries-old cultures - particularly the Moorish, Jewish and Romany influences that make it a unique melting pot of cultures. You can hear it in Spanish folk music. The composers whose music we play strove to preserve traditional folk music. There is a great deal of extremely interesting folk music in the Balkan countries, too, of course, but in Western Europe it is altogether more bourgeois. There is far more character in Spanish folk music and Balkan music." Mayke Rademakers and Matthijs Verschoor will be touring Australia in October this year. They will play in Syndney, Melbourne and Canberra.