Songs Without Words
Rating: 4 / 5
I wonder what famous English choral composer Sir Edward Elgar would have thought about his work being adapted for two guitars, rather than his usual huge musical forces of orchestra and choir?
If he had known that it would be Australian guitarist brothers Slava and Leonard Grigoryan interpreting his work, I suspect that he would be well pleased, and so will be any classical music lover who listens to the Grigoryans’ latest album, Songs Without Words. They have taken famous tunes and used their guitars to ‘sing’ the melodies. Once you stop expecting a vocal line to cut in with that melody you recognise, this album is delightful listening.
Bach, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Rachmaninov are some of the greats represented, with guitar master Falla and Mexican composer Ponce making appearances. All the tracks have been arranged by Leonard and Slava’s father Edward, making this a family affair to delight the ear.