Enigmatica — The Blue House

The Blue House is Enigmatica’s 2nd CD, and it nails down the group’s unique spot in the world of mandolin music. From the orchestral richness of Argentinian dances in “Cinco Piezas,” to the simple intimacy of “Anniversary,” the octet shifts gears with ease to create a recording with delightful variety and impeccable musicianship. The CD weaves a colorful tapestry of form and texture arriving finally at the title track, a rock-tinged blast of energy that was written for them and takes the group beyond expectations. No one sounds like Enigmatica; the group has thoughtfully created an artistic definition for mandolin octet.

Listen to the track “      Chacarera ” posted on Mandolin Cafe

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$15.00 The Blue House by Enigmatica (CD)

Songs List

1.  Acerta O Passo (Take the Right Step) – Pixinguinha (1897-1973) 3:37
2.  Anniversary  (2005) – Adam Larrabee (contemporary) 3:24 written for Enigmatica
3. Fandango  (1982) – Ann Carr Boyd (contemporary) 5:13
4. Perigoso (Dangerous) – Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934) 3:49
Three Fantasias  (2002) Will Ayton (contemporary)
5. Fantasia   2:59
6. Fantasia on: ”If My Complaints” (Dowland) 2:25
7. Echoes from “The Irishe Ho-Hoane” (anon) 3:34
8. No Me Toques (Don’t Touch Me) – Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905) 2:18
Cinco Piezas – Luis Gianneo (1897-1968)
9. Vidala    2:53
10. Cancion Incaica (Inca Song) 1:19
11. Chacarera   2:31
12. Cancion de Cuna  (Cradle Song) 1:43
13. Zapateado   1:46
14. Arioso from Concerto in D for Strings – Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 2:26
15. The Blue House  (2004) John Goodin (contemporary) 4:21 written for Enigmatica

“The sound of Enigmatica can be described as sparkling, effervescent, fluid, precise, and joyous. The clarity of line they achieve is breathtaking, completely the equal of any string quartet or chamber ensemble playing today.”
— Mandolin Magazine.

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