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Eichenberger / Kagawa – Danza de la vida

Artists: Duo Jürg Eichenberger-Eriko Kagawa

Title: Danza de la Vida

Catalogue No.: SM 278

Release: 02.03.2018


José Bragato and Jürg Eichenberger became close friends when Eichenbergers chamber music ensemble Chamber Soloists Lucerne went on a tour of South America in the summer of 2004. Bragato’s tango Graciela y Buenos Aires is a musical testimony to this love story. As a gesture of gratitude for the invitation, José Bragato then gave him some of his own compositions and exclusive arrangements, including some for cello and piano. danza de la vida is the first compilation of some of these pieces on CD.

The pianist Eriko Kagawa and Jürg Eichenberger have been working together for decades and spent a long time planning a recording of Bragato’s tango Graciela y Buenos Aires and his arrangements of Piazzolla. A conversation with Eriko’s husband, Daniel Fueter, led to the idea of juxtaposing these pieces in all their brilliance with a different, yet fitting kind of music. The name Erik Satie soon sprang to his mind. Daniel Fueter wrote E.S. — eine Hommage (E.S. — an homage) for us. He arranged Satie’s piano pieces for cello and piano and titled the collection “kleine Festschrift zum 150. Geburtstag Erik Saties in 4 Kapiteln” (a little anniversary volume marking Erik Satie’s 150th birthday in four chapters). Erik Satie was born in 1866; Fueter’s arrangements were written in the summer of 2016.

danza de la vida is intended as a tribute to José Bragato, who knew of their plans. He died at a ripe old age shortly before Eichenberger and Kagawa recorded his music. We fondly remembered this great musician and friend during the course of the project.


Track Individual Titel Duration Composer
1 Introducción al Angel 3:49 Bragato/Piazzolla
2 Milonga del Angel 4:28 Bragato/Piazzolla
3 La muerte del Angel 4:03 Bragato/Piazzolla
Chapter 1 – Satie
4 Prélude 0:16 Erik Satie
5 Valse-Ballet 2:21 Erik Satie
6 Caresse 1:54 Erik Satie
7 Le Piccadilly (Marche) 1:34 Erik Satie
8 Graciela y Buenos Aires 7:25 José Bragato
9 Oblivion 4:25 Bragato/Piazzolla
Chapter 3 – Satie
10 Premier Nocturne 2:42 Erik Satie
11 Deuxième Nocturne 1:47 Erik Satie
12 Troisième Noctuurne 2:39 Erik Satie
13 Adiós Nonino 5:56 Bragato/Piazzolla
Chapter 2 – Satie
14 Fâcheux Exemple 0:48 Erik Satie
15 Exercice (1) 1:13 Erik Satie
16 Exercice (2) 1:01 Erik Satie
17 Exercice (3) 1:09 Erik Satie
18 Exercice (4) 0:19 Erik Satie
19 Resurrección del Angel 5:49 Bragato/Piazzolla
Chapter 4 – Satie
Le Piége de Méduse
20 Quadrille 0:43 Erik Satie
21 Valse 0:38 Erik Satie
22 Pas vite 0:40 Erik Satie
23 Mazurka 0:38 Erik Satie
24 Un peu vif 0:14 Erik Satie
25 Polka 0:25 Erik Satie
26 Quadrille 0:53 Erik Satie
27 Le Grand Tango 10:44 Astor Piazzolla