01 Ottmar Liebert_Secreto from Impresiones Intimas.mp3
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Leaning into the Night / Inclinado en la Noche
Ottmar Liebert's debut recording for Sony Classical, leaning into the night, creates a romantic listening experience that is both a new stylistic statement for the guitarist/composer and a logical extension of the passionate playing that has been his trademark as an internationally popular New Age artist. The atmosphere and texture of the recording reflects the personal style of music making that has won him a vast international following through his successful recordings and concerts.
In its twelve selections arranged for guitar and orchestra by Oscar Castro-Neves, leaning into the night / inclinado en la noche features guitar arrangements of six well-known classical pieces (including Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro" and Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante défunte"), as well as five of Liebert's own compositions and one by Castro-Neves. The classical pieces are interwoven with those by Liebert and Castro-Neves, who coproduced the recording with Stefan Liebert. The recording debuted at no. 1 on Billboard's Classical Crossover chart and remained on the chart for several months thereafter.
Born in Cologne to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at age eleven. Following the completion of a course of study in classical guitar, the eighteen-year-old musician embarked on a series of journeys through Russia and Asia. He traveled widely and studied traditional music but found little outlet for these crucial experiences in the Western pop music of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
First in Germany and then in Boston, Liebert put his guitar skills to work in a series of jazz-funk bands, the last of which broke up in 1985.
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Release date: 1997
Leaning Into the Night features a collection of classical pieces with familiar themes and five Ottmar Liebert compositions gracefully interwoven to make a unique whole. Four of the Liebert pieces are known to his fans from other albums and one, "The Winding Road/La primavera", here receives its first recording. Castro-Neves also contributes one tune, "The Call", which he composed at Ottmar's request -- it features a recording Ottmar made in the Middle East of a muezzin's call to prayer.
All these selections have been arranged for orchestra by Castro-Neves, who has created a lush, romantic setting for Ottmar's performances on the guitar. An immediate smash success entering the Billboard Classical Crossover chart at #1, Leaning Into the Night was produced and arranged by legendary Brazilian guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves.
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