In a world first, Australia’s leading baritone Josè Carbò is joined by acclaimed guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi for a gripping and varied tour de force.
Named after Reynaldo Hahn’s 1892 masterpiece L’Heure Exquise, this remarkably diverse hour of music hypnotizes with its cosmic beauty and lilting tenderness, and electrifies with its impassioned bravado and drama: with music by Schubert, Faure, Verdi, Debussy, de Falla, and more, re-imagined for a pioneering musical setting of just two guitars.
The trio first appeared together on stage at Canberra’s 2015 Voices in the Forest concert, where they performed music from Carbo’s ARIA-nominated album My Latin Heart. With the success of this performance, Carbo suggested collaborating on some European, classical works long close to his heart yet which, for the most part, had never been heard with a guitar accompaniment. Verdi’s Cortigiani (from the opera Rigoletto), Schubert’s fiendish Erlkönig, and Debussy’s enchantingRomance are just a few names that emerge from this daring and eclectic collection of original arrangements.
Whilst retaining their original charm, these pieces gain a fresh perspective through the direct touch and wide variety of colours and effects unique to the guitar, making them at once sensually appealing and immediately accessible.