|1. Blue Tango||Leroy Anderson||2. It's All Right With Me||Cole Porter||3. I Will Wait For You||Michel Legrand||4. Extase Tango||José Belmonte||From The Treasure Chest of Music||Peter Hayward||5. The Tall Ships||6. The Leaves of Oman||7. The Imp in The Bottle||8. La Cumparsita||G. Matos Rodríguez||9. 'Allo, 'Allo ||David Croft & Roy Moore||10. Under Paris Skies||Hubert Giraud||11. Last of the Summer Wine ||Ronnie Hazlehurst||12. Domino||Louis Ferrari||13. Dancing Madalynne||Margaret Ledger (arr Peter Ayers)||14. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song ||Irving Berlin
Once in a While||
Bert Kaempfert||16. Air from Suite No. 3 in D||J.S. Bach||17. My Florence||Guido Deiro||18. My Fair Lady||Frederick Loewe|
A second CD was issued in November 2008. Called “Simply Accordion” also contains eighteen tracks played by the whole ensemble in a variety of light music styles.
Full track listing is as follows:
Review by Mark Tweedie :Eastern Daily Press : 9th January 2009
Tuneful and touching
Yet more evidence here that the accordion is a complex creature which extends way beyond the instrument wielded by the stereotypical Frenchman of yore. For much of the Norfolk-based quintet’s latest release, embracing a repertoire as diverse as Elgar and Piazzolla, it bob-bob-bobs along with the carefree gaiety of a ride on the fairground gallopers. But then it springs surprises with some truly touching moments, notably the lovely Longing, by Yehuda Oppenheimer, and Easthope Martin's Evensong. Splendid stuff, and such accomplished musicianship, too.
Review by Bert Santilly : 28th November 2008
Accordion CDs are not exactly thick on the ground even in this day and age, and accordion CDs featuring an all accordion quintet are even rarer; so the chance to listen to a full-on programme of music by the Norvic Concordia Quintet tickled my musical taste buds more than a little!
It really is quite a unique oeuvre; I can’t think of anything in a similar genre (certainly not in U.K.) since listening to that wonderful Swiss octet at one of Malcolm Gee’s festivals many years ago. But they were professional musicians playing a largely classical repertoire. These musicians are amateurs in the true sense of the word. They clearly love the music that they play – it comes over in every track.
There is a degree of accuracy that tells you a lot about the preparation that must have gone into this CD. Their use of expression is subtle. Don’t go looking for overstated crescendi, diminuendi etc. You won’t find them. Instead you will hear well modulated phrasing, careful articulation, good balance between the various sections of the pieces and impressive contrast between one track and another as the CD takes you through its programme. Their attention to the detail of the carefully written arrangements is excellent. They demonstrate good balance between the members of the group with leads singing through, and clearly played parts sounding in the ensemble sections.
So to summarise; this is an unusual CD. There are very few British accordion quintets that perform concert programmes on a regular basis. Peter Ayers has done a huge amount of work to arrange the music; and the ensemble must have worked their socks off to learn, rehearse and finally record all eighteen tracks. When you listen to it, it is very easy to forget that this is an amateur ensemble. The result is a quite remarkable CD that has an entertaining and varied programme of music. The music is very well arranged and the playing is of a very high order. It should be part of any serious accordionist’s library.
Both CDs for only £15 + £1 postage