Deux Accords Diront
artist release (www.anneniepold.be)
When I think about the accordion, Belgium has not been the first country that comes to mind. Anne Niepold has changed that for me with these two recordings, one solo and one a duet.
Deux Accords Diront is the duo of Niepold and Aline Pohl. All but one of the compositions on Eisherz are by Niepold as are all of the arrangements. The pieces with two accordions show off the range of the accordions, both tonal and emotional. The contrasts worked really well on this recording with slow and heavy followed by fast and flashy and plenty of mid-tempo tunes too.
The tracks on Eisherz that add brass really sparkle. These arrangements with the accordions and various combinations of trumpet, flugelhorn, euphonium, trombone, saxophone, and bass clarinet have some real magic to them. My favorite of these is "Kaoka," which adds a drum kit for a jazzy ensemble that really gets me moving.
Terrain Vague shows even more variety. Niepold's accordion is backed by singers for a French cafe style on some tracks, by guitar or brass or flute on other tracks. The interpretation of Bach's "BWV847" is very nicely done. The textures of the accordion are complemented here by Niepold's superb arrangements. While varied in timbre, I find this record nicely contemplative, and perfect for outdoor listening on a summer afternoon.
Thank you, Anne Niepold, for putting the Belgian accordion on my musical map. - Greg Harness
Eisherz is available from cdRoots
Terrain Vague is available from the artist
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