Enno Voorhorst (guitar)
The String soloists
[…] One of his most important works is the Concerto métis, for guitar and string orchestra, here performed by Enno Voorhorst withThe String Soloists, who are also very well known to the Cobra label having also released previous recordings with this label. Both Enno and The String Soloists were deeply drawn to the unique style of Dyens, which seems to belong between works by French composers such as Poulenc or Milhaud and the chansons of Brel or Nougaro. Roland Dyens said: "This concerto for guitar and string orchestra, written in homage to the divine Ida Presti, is in classical form, is marked by its 'racial' variety which permeates the whole and which unambiguously explains the word 'métis', a racial mixture."
The solo works on this CD are a selection from his extensive repertoire, including some wonderful, less well-known works that most certainly deserve our attention. His most famous work, the Tango en Skaï, is included here in an uplifting version with string orchestra. In 2013, Enno Voorhorst made an arrangement for guitar and string orchestra of the second movement of the Concerto en Si which was originally written for guitar orchestra. Together with Roland Dyens, they named it Sérénade and it is presented here for the first time on CD.
Extract from the CD Booklet
A CD celebrating the music of unarguably one of the greatest guitarists of the last 50 years is indeed something to rejoice in. Roland Dyens (1955-2016) died tragically too young for someone so abundantly creative, and the glittering procession of staggeringly attractive compositions he left for us to enjoy will continue to delight and surprise. The majority of Dyens' compositions can be found with the publisher Editions Henry Lemoine, although his works also grace the books of Les Productions d 'Oz. Dyens' music is difﬁcult to pigeonhole but not hard to lavish upon it an endless supply of superlatives. His music scores are famously meticulous - the opposite of the unadorned scoring so popular with many of today's composers, who perhaps don't know the guitar as intimately as Dyens so obviously did.
The title Concerto métis describes the "mixed" nature of the music in the disc's main piece - as in racially mixed (its literal meaning), but also nothing written in stone and perhaps, non-pejoratively, mercurial. Subtitled "Hommage a lda Presti", the piece honors another brilliant ﬂame of the guitar world who also departed far too soon. Presti also composed, and recent recordings (such as Tribute to Ida Presti by Cinzia Milani) show a ﬁne talent in that regard, but this homage appears to be more of a fellow guitarist's admiration of brilliance. And what a fantastic piece Concerto métis is! It was Dyens' ﬁrst concerto, written in 1990 and, as he stated, closest to his heart. If one were to search for hints of where to start understanding the sound-world created by Dyens, you would beneﬁt by exploring the music of Villa-Lobos and of tributaries spreading across the vast territory of Brazilian music, of which Dyens had such a passionate liking -especially Egberto Gismonti (b. 1947) and the great composer of Choro music Pixinguinha (1897-1973).
The structure of the concerto is fairly symmetrical: three movements, with the outer movements each divided into three sections, and what a gorgeous central movement (a great place for real magic), sandwiched between music that bursts with both sensitivity and delightful mischief; the playful harmonic subtleties of Poulenc and Milhaud come to mind. The balance created between the strings and the guitar is perfect - almost a sensual overload at times, yet something you can never have too much of.
Enno Voorhorst, now teaching at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, is a formidable guitarist whose portrait reveals a soul of great strength and depth. He really "gets" Dyens. Other tracks on the CD include solo pieces Saudades 1, 2 and 3; Theme Felin; and the beautiful Lettre à Ia Seine and Lettre à Monsieur Messiaen (from 20 Lettres). The album ends with a delightful orchestrated version of Tango en Skaï. But the greatest treat for me is Sérénade (second movement from Concerto en Si, originally for solo guitar and guitar ensemble). Voorhorst arranged it for guitar and strings and it is truly exquisite. This is a superb recording featuring playing of the highest order. Deﬁnitely in my Top Five for 2018!
Classical Guitar Magazine (Spring 2019)
DYENS Roland : Concerto métis (Hommage à Ida Presti) - Thème Félin (solo) - Sérénade (2ème mouvement du Concerto en Si) - Lettre à la Seine (solo) - Saudade n°1, 2 et 3 (solo) - Lettre à Monsieur Messiaen (solo) - Tango en Skaï
Born on the 19h of October 1955, the French performer, composer, arranger and improviser Roland Dyens began to study the guitar when he was nine years old. Later he studied with the Spanish master Alberto Ponce in a class where he obtained, in 1976, the "Licence de Concert" from l'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (France). [...]