Martha Aarons
History of the Tango


Martha Aarons, flute
Frances Renzi, piano
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Track Listing

Sonate in D Major [19:08]
1. Allegro con brio [10:42]
2. Andante [3:17]
3. Rondo [4:59]

4. Rondo in E Minor [9:12]

Short Pieces
5. Achat Sha’alti [3:30]
6. Ufaratsta [2:06]

Histoire du Tango [19:52]
(History of the Tango)
7. Bordel 1900 [4:00]
8. Café 1930 [6:53]
9. Night-club 1960 [5:40]
10. Concert d’Aujourd’hui [3:04]

MARTHA AARONS – Flutist Martha Aarons joined the Cleveland Orchestra in 1981. Prior to coming to Cleveland, she served as principal flute with the North Carolina Symphony. Ms. Aarons participates each summer in the Aspen Music Festival as principal flute of its chamber orchestra and as a member of its teaching faculty.

Other faculty appointments have included the Cleveland Institute of Music, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was Filene Visiting-Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College and also taught and performed at the Shanghai Conservatory as a guest artist. In the fall of 2002 she taught at the Eastman School of Music.

Ms. Aarons has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and has also collaborated with the Orion Quartet. Her live chamber music performances from the Aspen Festival have been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” , as well as her Aspen
premiere of the Christopher Rouse flute concerto.

FRANCES RENZI – “Frances Renzi has a way of making music come alive,” wrote Boris Nelson of the Toledo Blade. Whether in recital, as orchestra soloist, or as chamber musician, her artistry remains apparent. She consistently enthralls critics and audiences alike.

Pianist Frances Renzi has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including those of Dallas, Houston, Toledo and the New Hampshire Music Festival. She has given recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, at the Phillips Collection in Washington D. C. and throughout the United States.

An extraordinary chamber player, she frequently collaborates with distinguished artists and is much in demand as a chamber music performer. She appears regularly as a featured guest artist on the Toledo Symphony Chamber Music Series and also performs each summer as a soloist and chamber musician at the New Hampshire Music Festival.

She has recorded solo piano music of Ravel and Debussy for Educo, 20th century etudes by American composers Ned Rorem, Vincent Persichetti and George Perle for Centaur, music for clarinet and piano with Ron Samuels for Koch International, and as a member of the Toledo Trio, piano trios of Charles Ives, Mrs. H. H. A. Beach and Horatio Parker for the Musical Heritage Society. Her most recent recording is chamber music of Paul Schoenfield for Decca/Argo, which was nominated for a Grammy. Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on radio and television across the nation. She has also performed as a solo pianist for the New York City Ballet.

A native of Texas, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree from Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student of Rosina Lhevinne and Beveridge Webster. An experienced teacher as well as performer, she is professor Emerita at the University of Toledo.

JASON VIEAUX – Jason Vieaux is widely recognized as one of the most exciting guitarists of his generation. Mr. Vieaux began his guitar studies at age eight in Buffalo, New York, and first gained international recognition in 1992 when he became the youngest First Prize winner in the history of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. Mr. Vieaux is also a Naumburg International Guitar Competition prizewinner and a recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from The Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1995 Jason Vieaux was honored as an Artistic Ambassador of the United States to Southeast Asia, concertizing in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma). He has also toured Spain, France, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand. Mr. Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Auckland Philharmonia, The Astral Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra 2001, and has worked with conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Luis Biava, Gareth Morrell and Jahja Ling.

Jason Vieaux’s recordings have received critical acclaim from Gramophone, Fi, Soundboard, Classical Guitar (London) and The Penguin Guide. Jason Vieaux’s solo CD on Azica Records, “Manuel Ponce, The Guitar Sonatas”, was recently described by American Record Guide as “…a stunning reading…beautifully restrained…a marvelous release”. “Dream Travels”, a CD with flutist Gary Schocker is also on Azica. A solo Albeniz disc is forthcoming for 2003.

Jason Vieaux recently gave a week of solo and chamber music performances as a 2002 Young Artist-in-Residence on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, with musical guests Gary Schocker, violinist Soovin Kim and the Shanghai Quartet. These performances were broadcast on NPR stations around the US and internationally via the internet.

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