Alturas Duo with flutist Nicole Esposito | Con Brio Recordings (2013)
Alturas Duo performs South American music with flute virtuoso Nicole Esposito. Featuring music by Leo Brouwer (Paisajes, retratos y mujeres), Sergio Assad (Winter Impressions), Raimundo Penaforte (Elegia and Interlúdio), Ariel Ramírez (Alfonsina y el mar) and arrangements of Argentine, Peruvian and Chilean folk music for viola, guitar, charango and flute, this CD is a dazzling and inventive collection that is energetic, captivating, and a joy to experience.
"Immediately from the opening movement of Leo Brouwer's mood-oriented piece, Paisajes, retratos y mujeres (Portraits, landscapes and women), ‘Portrait of Wagner and Mathilde,’ one is aware of three extraordinary musicians at work."-- Fanfare
With this recording, Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes transport you to a different place. Split between classical interpretations and the more contemporary, Alturas Duo creates a wonderful world of Latin American influence with music from composers ranging from G.P. Telemann to Chilean composer Javier Farías.
"[Alturas Duo] quite obviously can play classical music arranged for their duo with flair and style.... Inventive and unusual, sometimes contrasting themes of quite different, even jarring rhythmic and melodic qualities. For those who enjoy an unusual mixture such as this, the disc is not only enjoyable but musically surprising, a nice combination."--Fanfare
featured in works by Masatora Goya | Ravello Records RR7914 (2015)
Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes join colleagues and composer Masatora Goya in his debut Ravello Records release, Dream of Sailing, a collection of chamber works inspired by the life and passing of Goya’s father, Masahiro. As a hard working marine engineer, Masahiro dedicated great lengths of time at sea, often spending months away from his family. The ocean was where Masahiro belonged, a refuge to which he’d find himself repeatedly returning. Within this album Goya expresses a somber tribute to his father while also reflecting on his own life as a composer and man.In the title track, guitarist Scott Hill and flutist Melanie Chirignan capture the imagined last journey of Goya’s father returning to sea, sailing into the blissful lights of a fading dawn. The album opens with Carlos Boltes' soulful viola performance of the elegiac work Distance, reflecting on our uncertainty of and detachment from death as well as the purpose of its existence.
"It is often not until the brutal weight of loss and grief bears down upon us that we are forced to ponder the meaning of life and reconsider our own path of existence... Goya challenges listeners to accept our ultimate fate by embracing the satisfactions as well as the regrets of life."--Ravello
with The Choral Arts Society of Washington | Naxos 8.557542 (2006)
Featuring Ariel Ramírez's Misa Criolla, the members of the Alturas Duo and Elqui Trio perform in a collaboration with the Choral Arts Society of Washington DC under the direction of Joseph Holt. The recording also includes Navidad Nuestra and Missa Luba, also by Ramírez. Click here for the album liner notes.
"The popular character of the Misa Criolla inspires different interpretations...Scott Hill and Gonzalo Cortes created a beautiful and haunting introduction to the Angus Dei, setting the mood for this plaintive and soulful movement." --Esperanza Berrocal
Offering an eclectic collection of music ranging from classical compositions to South American folklore, A Repeal of Reticence features the premiere recording of three new compositions, by Thomas Schuttenhelm, Jaime Romero and Dan Román. This album is currently out of print.
"It is certainly bright and cheerful!"--American Record Guide
Of the Father's Love Begotten
Louise Fauteux with Alturas Duo (2010)
Of the Father's Love Begotten features the wonderful soprano Louise Fauteux in collaboration with the Alturas Duo presenting a collection of carols from England to Latin America. This album is currently out of print.