Kassung-Marziali: Il Cinema (2019)

With their album IL CINEMA, Tobias Kassung & Luciano Marziali portray one of the most exciting epochs of Italian music: names like Nino Rota or Ennio Morricone stand for unique cinema music that is masterfully arranged and staged by Kassung & Marziali. The two use all the possibilities of the guitar duo and conjure up their own orchestra with innumerable sound effects. They combine this music impressively with early Renaissance music by John Dowland and Kassung's own large suite “Il Cinema”, composed especially for this program.

Since the founding of their guitar duo, the focus has been on film music by famous Italian composers. With the present album IL CINEMA, years of intensive engagement with this music comes to a climax. It provides undreamt-of insights into the lines of development of this music genre and is at the same time artistically highly demanding and wonderfully entertaining. This album is available from all popular online providers as streaming or download.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)
Die wohltemperierten Gitarren, op. 199
Präludium und Fuge Nr. 4 in E-Dur

John Dowland (1563–1626)
(Arr.: Luciano Marziali)
Semper Dowland Semper Dolens

Stanley Myers (1930–1993)
(Arr.: Luciano Marziali)
Cavatina (aus dem Film „The Deer Hunter“)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)
Die wohltemperierten Gitarren, op. 199
Präludium und Fuge Nr. 7 in cis-Moll

John Dowland (1563–1626)
(Arr.: Luciano Marziali)
The King of Denmark’s Galiard

Nino Rota (1911–1979)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
The Godfather Suite

Yann Tiersen (* 1970)
(Arr.: Luciano Marziali)
Die fabelhafte Welt der Amélie

John Dowland (1563–1626)
(Arr.: Luciano Marziali)
Mrs. Nichols’ Almand

Ennio Morricone (* 1928)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Cinema paradiso

Ennio Morricone (* 1928)
(Arr.: Luciano Marziali)
Zwei glorreiche Halunken

Tobias Kassung (* 1977)
Il Cinema - Suite per due chitarre, op. 10
(Hommage à Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco)
Introduzione – Moderato – Adagietto – Allegro molto


Lieder, Songs & Canciones (2017)

The duo program cello & guitar - an enchanting combination, played by two exceptional artists. Here Lena Kravets & Tobias Kendung let their instruments sing. Classical, jazz & flamenco merge and cast a spell over the audience.

Kravets & Kassung combine classical songs by Brahms and Schubert, jazz songs by George Gershwin and Ella Fitzgerald, Spanish canciones by Manuel de Falla, Russian romances by Michail Glinka and tango ballads by Astor Piazzolla. With breathtaking musicality and perfection, they cast a spell over the audience. You can tell from the first note how Kravets & Kendung love this music and put their whole heart and soul into every note. An impressive experience from great musicians! The album is available from all common online providers as a streaming or download.

Michail I. Glinka (1804-1857)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Ich erinnere mich des zauberhaften Augenblicks

Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Variationen auf ein russisches Volkslied, Op. 14

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 Nr. 1
Liebestreu, Op. 3 Nr. 1

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Das Fischermädchen

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Siete Canciones populares Espanolas
1. El pano moruno
2. Seguidilla murciana
3. Asturiana
4. Jota
5. Nana (Berceuse)
6. Cancion
7. Polo

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(Arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Tanti anni prima

George Gershwin (1898-1937) / Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Summertime - Hommage an Joe Pass und Ella Fitzgerald

Joseph Kosma (1905-1969) / Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Autumn Leaves


Gershwin & de Falla (2015)

George Gershwin meets Manuel de Falla. You can hear classical chamber music at its finest, completely dusted and with a groove and a spontaneity that you would otherwise find in jazz realms. With his music from Porgy & Bess or the Three Preludes, George Gershwin linked jazz traditions with classical music like no other American composer. Manuel de Falla is similar: at the same time in Spain, the great national composer wrote his masterpieces in which the highest virtuosity, impressionistic richness of sound and the flamenco traditions of his country join hands. Music that is tailored to the Astor Trio and that the three interpret congenially. The album is available as a streaming or download from all common online providers.

George Gershwin (1898–1937):
Three Preludes
1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
2. Andante con moto e poco rubato
3. Agitato

The Porgy & Bess Suite
1. It Ain't Necessarily So
2. Bess, You Is My Woman Now
3. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
4. Summertime
5. There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Siete Canciones populares Españolas
1. El paño moruno
2. Seguidilla murciana
3. Asturiana
4. Jota
5. Nana (Berceuse)
6. Cancion
7. Polo

Danza ritual del fuego (aus / from „El amor brujo“)
Danza Española No. 1 (aus / from „La vida breve“)

All arrangements: Tobias Kassung


Bach & Piazzolla (2012)

On their CD "Bach & Piazzolla" the Astor Trio combines Piazzolla's music with two sonatas by the great old master Johann Sebastian Bach. Baroque meets tango - this could be the headline at first glance. But there is more behind the extraordinary combination of the three musicians: The sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach are staged by the Astor Trio in a modern yet impressively authentic way, revealing their true character as dance-like, virtuoso and always beautifully melancholy pieces. Precisely these attributes can also be ascribed to the compositions by Piazzolla, which with the Astor Trio take their deserved place as artistic chamber music full of emotion and beauty of sound. The album is available from all common online providers as a streaming or download.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Sonate h-Moll BWV 1014
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Andante
4. Allegro

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
Histoire du Tango
1. Bordell 1900
2. Café 1930
3. Nightclub 1960
4. Concert d'aujourd'hui

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Sonate E-Dur BWV 1016
1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Adagio ma non tanto
4. Allegro

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
Tanti anni prima
Adios Noniño

Aall arrangements: Tobias Kassung


Five Centuries (2009)

Five centuries of guitar music: With his solo recording, Tobias Kendung musically retraces the history of the guitar from the baroque age to modern times. In addition to many important works from the guitar repertoire, the CD also contains the world premiere recording of Kassung's Sonata. The album is available from all common online providers. We recommend downloading CD quality from Quobuz.

Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686–1750)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
Fantasie für Laute / Fantasy for lute

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
Präludium d-Moll / Prelude D minor BWV 999
Fuge a-Moll / Fugue A minor BWV 1000

Fernando Sor (1778–1839)
Introduction et variations sur un thème de Mozart op. 9

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
»Adagio cantabile«

Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909)
(Arrangement: Tobias Kassung)
Granada (Serenata) – No. 1 aus / from Suite Española op. 47 (5'20'')
Asturias (Leyenda) – No. 5 aus / from Suite Española op. 47 (6'57'')

Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909)
Capricho Árabe (Serenata)
Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Agustín Barrios (1885–1944)
Julia Florida (Barcarola)
La Catedral
1. Preludio (Saudade)
2. Andante religioso
3. Allegro solemne

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1878–1959)
Prélude No. 5 D-Dur / D major
Prélude No. 1 e-Moll / E minor

Tobias Kassung (*1977)
Sonata No. 1
1. Präludium (Andante calmato)
2. Choral (Larghetto arioso)
3. Invention (Allegro grazioso)


Grieg, Mozart, Rodrigo & Saint-Saens (2008)

Cologne Classical Ensemble: Grieg, Mozart, Rodrigo und Saint-Saens
Soloists: Tobias Kassung (guitar), Natasha Majer (piano), Irakli Tsadaia (violin)

Kölner Klassik Ensemble: Grieg, Mozart, Rodrigo & Saint-Saens

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907):
Holberg Suite op. 40 ("aus Holbergs Zeit")
1. Präludium (Allegro vivace)
2. Sarabande (Andante)
3. Gavotte (Allegretto) – Musette (Poco piu mosso) – Gavotte
4. Air (Andante religioso)
5. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791):
Klavierkonzert No. 14 Es-Dur KV 449
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andantino
3. Allegro ma non troppo

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999):
Adagio aus dem Concierto de Aranjuez

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921):
Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso

totl time: 61:20


Astor Piazzolla: Four Seasons - Las Estaciones Portenas (2005)

Cologne Classical Ensemble: Astor Piazzolla
Soloist: Irakli Tsadaia (violin)

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
(Arrangements: Tobias Kassung)
"Las Estaciones Porteñas" (Die Vier Jahreszeiten in Buenos Aires)
1. Verano Porteno
2. Otono Porteno
3. Invierno Porteno
4. Primavera Portena
5. Café 1930 (aus / from "Histoire du Tango"
6. Nightclub 1960 (aus / from "Histoire du Tango"
7. Libertango
8. Tanti anni prima

total time: 46:57


Bach, Villa-Lobos and Walton (2004)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) (arr.: Tobias Kassung)
Suite for Lute E minor (BWV 996)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)
Cinq Préludes pour guitare
Prélude No. 3
Prélude No. 2
Prélude No. 4
Prélude No. 5
Prélude No. 1

William Walton (1902–1983)
Five Bagatelles for Guitar
Alla cubana
Lento espressivo
Con slancio

Tobias Kassung
Jours d’un Automne

total time: 51'31''