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    A tribute to Ida Presti, Cinzia Milani

    Brilliant Classics pubblica il nuovo CD della chitarrista italiana Cinzia Milani dedicato a Ida Presti e alla sua musica.
    Interpreti: Cinzia Milani
    Supporto: CD Audio
    Numero dischi: 1
    Etichetta: Brilliant Classics
    Data di pubblicazione: 1 settembre 2017
    Tracklist

    Dal sito dell'editore:
    ‘One of the greatest guitarists of all time,’ remarked John Duarte in his entry on Ida Presti for Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Best-known in posterity as one half of the celebrated Presti-Lagoya duo, she is celebrated on this album as a composer and virtuoso in her own right, half a century after her unexpected death in the middle of a US concert tour, at just 43 years of age. 
    In her booklet-note, Cinzia Milani remarks that she has always considered Presti a role-model, not only for her prodigious talent as a guitarist, but as a female musician in a culture and industry still often dominated by male authority. She presents here six studies by Presti herself, a Danse rhythmique and an Etude du matin, and Presti’s tribute to her own hero, Segovia. Just as Presti dedicated the dance to her husband Lagoya, so Milani follows it with two works which he in turn dedicated to her. Then there are various works by composers little known outside guitar circles such as Miguel Ablóniz and indeed Duarte. 
    Through all these works may be traced the joyous personality of Presti herself, summed up by her granddaughter Isabelle in the booklet as ‘elegant nimbleness, luminous musicality and wonderful self-confidence’. She was friends with many of the composers such as Gontran Dessagnes, who wrote his Tendesse for her in 1954. The work by Guy Morançon is a tribute to her memory, composed in the wake of her death. Finally, Milani has written her own tribute, Quattro Mi, in admiration for the extraordinary facility of Presti in holding down the note E (Mi in solfege) on four different strings simultaneously. 
    By its nature, the album is unique in the catalogue, of immediate interest to guitarists and anyone curious about a great artist of the last century. 
    This recording was made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Ida Presti, one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century, a pioneering woman who used her extraordinary talents for the popularization of her instrument and the music written for it. 
    Italian guitarist Cinzia Milano compiled the program for this new recording, consisting of original works by Ida Presti as well as works by other composers which are dedicated to her: Alexandre Lagoya, Miguel Ablóniz, John Duarte, Dimitri Fampas, Gontran Dessagnes and Francis Poulenc. 
    The booklet contains contributions by the artist as well as by Isabelle Presti, the granddaughter of Ida Presti.

    Zucker-Delpriora plays Gilardino, Delpriora, Zucker (fl,ch)

    Una consistente fetta del repertorio di musica da camera con chitarra appartiene alle pagine scritte per chitarra e flauto. Molto spesso in questa nota formazione la chitarra è relegata ad un ruolo secondario, un tappeto talvolta ritmico talvolta armonico. Il nuovo disco di Laurel Zucker (flauto) e Mark Delpriora (chitarra) scardina questo cliché includendo nella tracklist composizioni dove gli strumenti, nel loro definito ruolo, non rendono l'altro quasi mai subordinato e quando questo accade è per ragioni puramente responsoriali.
    Le composizioni sono "Sonata for flute and guitar" di Mark Delpriora, "Honduras Sonata for flute and guitar" e "Biddy Biddy" di Laurel Zucker e "Sonatina-Lied for glute and guitar" di Angelo Gilardino.
    Conoscevo bene la Sonatina-Lied gilardiniana mentre è stata una sorpresa la Sonata di Mark Delpriora che non avevo mai letto né ascoltato.
    Il materiale del primo movimento ("Moderato") proviene da una elaborazione musicale che il compositore ha fatto della prima Stanza nel poema "Stanzas Written in Dejection, near Naples" di Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). Le singole linee della "Stanza" del poema fungono da vere e proprie mappe di ascolto del brano sia in senso puramente ritmico - come è facile intuire trattandosi di un testo poetico - sia in senso più profondo e significativo. L'esperiemento è perfettamente riuscito: prevale fin delle prime pulsazioni la tecnica compositiva di Delpriora, inconfondibile e impeccabile.
    "Aubade" è un titolo usato, generalmente, per identificare una canzone che sottolinea la separazione degli amanti al giungere dell'alba. Nel secondo movimento della Sonata di Delpriora invece, la canzone è una vera e propria raffigurazione in musica di una coppia che non si abbandona nelle prime ore dell'alba ma si risveglia, interagisce per poi tornare a dormire. In questo movimento Delpriora mostra un'abile fantasia melodica. Il tema principale malinconico e solare allo stesso tempo, viene esposto prima con severità e gli elementi cardine che lo compongono sono utilizzati come materiale dello sviluppo centrale, più drammatico. Il ritorno alla quiete è solo un ricordo della malinconica canzone iniziale. Delpriora non si abbandona mai a costrutti preconfezionati - facile cadere in tranelli simili in composizioni di questo genere - e impreziosisce le tre parti della composizione con una intelligente costruzione armonica.
    L'impetuoso "Allegretto" è una pagina tripartita che si apre su un marcato fondo ritmico dettato dalla chitarra con il fortissimo della voce del flauto che esegue veri e propri voli pindarici fatti di schegge di luce e rapidissimi cambi di registro. La sezione centrale è un richiamo all'atmosfera di riflessivo abbandono del secondo movimento con un disegno armonicamente più denso da parte della chitarra. Il carattere riflessivo di questa seconda sezione non è preparato e si manifesta ex-abrupto, contrastando nettamente con le due parti ritmiche.
    Nella ripresa sono rielaborati la maggior parte degli elementi introduttivi con variazioni e piccole varianti sia nella struttura che nel ruolo dei vari elementi.
    La Sonata di Mark Delpriora è pubblicata da Les Production Oz.
    Chi suona in un duo Chitarra e Flauto ne approfitti: si tratta di un'ottima composizione.

    Russian Guitar Music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Cristiano Porqueddu

    Brilliant Classics pubblica un nuovo cofanetto di CD dedicato alla musica originale per chitarra del XX e XXI secolo. Si tratta di Russian Guitar Music of the 20th ans 21st centuries, un CD set composto da quattro volumi che contengono tre ore di musica per chitarra di autori russi e sovietici contemporanei e del secolo passato.
    Più nel dettaglio, la tracklist è composta dalle seguenti musiche:
    Boris Vladimirovič Asafiev (1884-1949) 
    01. Etude No.1                    
    02. Etude No.2                    
    03. Prelude et Valse: I - Prelude        
    04. Prelude et Valse: II - Valse        
    "12 Preludes for Guitar"
    05. Prelude I                    
    06. Prelude II                    
    07. Prelude III                    
    08. Prelude IV                    
    09. Prelude V                    
    10. Prelude VI                    
    11. Prelude VII                    
    12. Prelude VIII                
    13. Prelude IX                    
    14. Prelude X                    
    15. Prelude XI                    
    16. Prelude XII                    
    "Six romances in old style"
    17. I - Andante                    
    18. II - In memory of Varlamov            
    19. III - Adagio                
    20. IV - Andante                
    21. V - Tempo di Valzer, Mosso            
    22. VI - Epilogue                
    23. Theme with variations after Tchaikovsky     
    Victor Kozlov (1958)
    01. Dedication to the Russian land        
    Valeri Kikta (1941)
    "Sonata for Guitar"
    02. I - Moderato, intimo            
    03. II - Allegro, drammatico            
    Aleksandr Ivanov-Kramskoi (1912-1973)
    04. Prelude in D minor                
    05. Prelude in E minor                
    Sofia Gubaidulina (1931)
    06. Serenade                    
    07. Toccata                    
    Elena Poplyanova (1961)
    "Sonata for Guitar"                
    08. I - Moderato                
    09. II - Andantino                 
    10. III - Presto                
    Edison Denisov (1929-1996)
    "Sonata for guitar"                
    01. I - Toccata                    
    02. II - Berceuse                
    03. III - Souvenir d'Espagne            
    Vitaly Kharisov (1962)
    "Four preludes for guitar"
    04. Prelude I                    
    05. Prelude II                    
    06. Prelude III                    
    07. Prelude IV                    
    "Sonatine"
    08. I - Andante rubato                 
    09. II - Allegretto                
    Gherman Dzhaparidze (1939)    
    "Two visions in white (in a cold winter morning)"
    10. I - Andante                    
    11. II - Rhytmically free                
    Sergei Rudnev (1955)
    12. The old lime tree                
    Evgeny Baev (1952)
    "Five Stichera for Guitar"                
    01. Sticheron I                    
    02. Sticheron II                
    03. Sticheron III                
    04. Sticheron IV                
    05. Sticheron V                    
    06. Sonata I                    
    "Sonata II"
    07. I - Allegro                    
    08. II - Lento                    
    09. III - Alla marcia                
    "Sonata III"
    10. I - Agitato                    
    11. II - Andante                
    12. III - Maestoso
    Acquisto online su Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.it/Russian-Guitar-Music-Musica-Russa/dp/B06W2P495T/
    Anteprima
    Elena Poplyanova, Sonata for Guitar - Mov.I
     

    Anthology of Classical Guitar Music, AAVV

    L'etichetta discografica olandese Brilliant Classics propone al mercato un poderoso CD Set composto da 40 CD dedicati alla chitarra Classica. In allegato il PDF con le singole tracklist dei volumi.
    Da IBS.it:
    La più ampia collezione disponibile di brani per chitarra! Questo set di 40 CD abbraccia diversi secoli di musica per chitarra: dal barocco, dove la chitarra ha guadagnato la preferenza rispetto al liuto, al periodo classico, periodo in cui si è gradualmente stabilizzata come strumento da concerto. Nel suo paese d'origine, la Spagna, molti compositori del XX secolo hanno esteso la gamma delle sue possibilità sonore dedicandole anche nuove forme compositive. Le registrazioni presentano i migliori chitarristi di fama internazionale, rendendo la collezione un prezioso strumento sia per gli esperti che per gli amatori del repertorio.
    Dal sito dell'editore:
    Guitar lovers are lucky enough to have their pick of repertoire, spanning the entire globe as well as many centuries. Never before, however, have they been able to listen to their favourite pieces all in one place – from Baroque to 20th Century, from Latin America to north Germany. This ambitious and expansive set of 40 CDs brings together a wide range of works for solo guitar guaranteed to satisfy those eager to explore repertoire both known and unknown. 
    We start our journey with Robert de Visée, born around 30 years before J.S. Bach. His Suites – which may also have been played on a lute or theorbo – are fascinating examples of some of the only existing French Baroque music for guitar. Bach himself did not write as much music for the stringed instrument as he did for keyboard; however, the transcriptions of his violin Partitas work perfectly on the guitar. Likewise, Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti have been transcribed here from the keyboard for the guitar. The Italian composer worked in Spain for the majority of his life, and the Spanish influences he picked up there make a smooth transition to the stringed instrument. 
    The Classical and Romantic eras saw a period of development. Fernando Sor, one of the most important figures in guitar music, elevated the guitar from a 'tavern' instrument to one that commanded respect. He himself contributed a vast amount to the guitar canon – such as his Études – alongside the Italians Ferdinando Carulli and Luigi Rinaldo Legnani and Sor's pupil, Napoléon Coste, who became the leading guitarist in his native France. 

    Sor's 20th-century successor is arguably Francisco Tárrega, considered the father of the guitar. His technical innovations helped to raise the profile of the guitar as a solo instrument, as he successfully persuaded Antonio de Torres Jurado to construct a large instrument suitable for use in concert halls. The Spaniards dominated this period – alongside Tárrega were Isaac Albéniz (who never actually wrote specifically for the guitar, but whose music has been arranged a number of times), Joaquín Turina, Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla. Rodrigo's homage to Falla – the Invocación y danza – shows the composer's recognition of Falla as one of the greatest influences on Spanish composers working in the latter half of the 20th century. 
    Next, we travel across the Atlantic to investigate one of the most important locations for the creation of guitar music: Latin America. Composers working here took particular inspiration from indigenous influences, including the Paraguyan Agustín Barrios Mangoré and the Argentinian Ástor Piazzolla. Manuel Ponce, a leading Mexican composer, wrote his famous Estrellita, which soon became a beloved Mexican folk song. It is present here in a sparkling arrangement for solo guitar. 
    The 20th century saw the expansion of the guitar across the globe. The repertoire grew widely, thanks to composers from such diverse places as Russia, Poland and the Netherlands. German composer Hans Werner Henze wrote his original Royal Winter Music, based on Shakespearean characters, in the late 1970s. Jewish composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, born in Italy, spent much of his career in Hollywood, after fleeing the Nazi threat in Europe in 1939. He still wrote much classical music alongside his works for the big screen, including his well known Les Guitares bien tempérées. Dutch composer Henk Badings was discredited after the war for having cooperated with the Nazis. A recent renewed interest in his music has resulted in this recording of his Twelve Preludes for solo guitar – a world premiere for Brilliant Classics, first released in 2012. 
    This set features performers of international quality. Among them are: the Paganini expert Luigi Attademo; Cristiano Porqueddu, who will be performing in New York's Carnegie Hall in July 2017; Frédéric Zigante; Giulio Tampalini; and many more besides. There are numerous world premiere recordings, of works both modern and older, thanks to recent rediscoveries. The guitars used range from carefully crafted modern instruments to period instruments, including the 'Sabionari' guitar by Antonio Stradivari. The release will be sure to satisfy both guitar aficionados and those looking to dip in and out of a diverse mixture of guitar music from around the globe. 
    The most extensive guitar collection available! This 40 CD set spans several centuries of guitar music: from the Baroque where the guitar gained preference over its ancestor the Lute, to the Classical Period in which the instrument was emancipated and gained its rightful place as a serious concert instrument, through Spain, its country of origin, right into the 20th century where famous composers extended its sonic possibilities to the very borders of the spectrum. A treasure trove of unprecedented scope and substance, for both connoisseur and music lover, performed by world class guitarists! 
    Recorded between 1996 and 2015. 
    Contains liner notes written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this release. 
    The booklet presents the necessary background to the music, putting each composer in his historic perspective.
    Anthology for Guitar TL.pdf

    Gran Solo, Carlotta Dalia

    L'etichetta discografica dotGuitar pubblica l'esordio della chitarrista italiana Carlotta Dalia "Gran Solo"
    La tracklist è la seguente:
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Sonata “Omaggio a Boccherini” Op.77 - Allegro con spirito     - Andantino quasi canzone - Tempo di minuetto  - Vivo ed energico Domenico Scarlatti  - Sonata K14  - Sonata K208  Johann Sebastian Bach  - Allemande - Courante Fernando Sor  - Gran Solo Op.14  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - “El sueño de la razón produce monstruos”   

    Easy Studies for Guitar Vol.1

    L'etichetta discografica Brilliant Classics pubblica il CD Easy Studies for Guitar Vol.1 
     

    Easy Studies for Guitar è una trilogia di release discografiche dedicata a composizioni di autori del XX e del XXI secolo con scopi prettamente didattici. La distribuzione dell'opera prevede:
     Easy Studies for Guitar Vol.1 (2016) (Garrido, Koshkin, Smith-Brindle, Tansman) Easy Studies for Guitar Vol.2 (2017) (Tansman, Dodgson, Cavallone, Patachich, Ponce) Easy Studies for Guitar Vol.3 (2019)  (Cavallone, Bellomo, Jean Absil, Anton Stingl, Chassain, Patachich, Biberian)
     
    In questo primo volume sono contenuti 54 studi per chitarra di Eduardo Garrido (1975), Nikita Koshkin (1956), Reginald Smith-Brindle (1917-2003), e Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986)
    Una delle recensioni:
    http://www.cristianoporqueddu.com/8019-recensione-su-guitart-per-easy-studies-for-guitar-vol-1/
    Dal sito dell'editore:
    “The growing library of guitar music on Brilliant Classics already encompasses several albums of etudes and miniatures written for students and amateur players. From rare to well-known, there are the studies of Gangi (BC95204), Tansman (BC95221), Castelnuovo-Tedesco (BC95219) and Gilardino (BC9285), among many others.
    The Gilardino album features the artistry of guitarist and composer Cristiano Porqueddu, who has made several other well-received albums for Brilliant Classics, including collections of rarely encountered composers in ‘Novecento Guitar Preludes’ (BC9292) and ‘Novecento Guitar Sonatas’ (BC9455), both of which include many first recordings. Reviewing the set of Preludes, MusicWeb International praised the ‘coruscating variety, fine recorded sound and lovingly shaped playing… Porqueddu’s playing is miraculously clean and there’s very little fret noise.’
    Porqueddu’s appetite for the unusual and sense of adventure is further confirmed by a new set of ‘Easy Studies for Guitar’, containing music that is as satisfying to listen to as it is relatively unchallenging to master for the intermediate-to-advanced student guitarist. Only Tansman has a currency outside guitarists, but the other three, more contemporary figures speak with powerfully individual voices.
    The Russian composer-guitarist Nikita Koshkin may be a particularly welcome discovery for non-initiates: born in 1956, he counts the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev as important early influences, but his own music lies within the Spanish guitar tradition, while employing more modern harmonies and building to climaxes of unexpected tension and drama. Born in Granada in 1975, Eduardo Garrido now teaches and composes in Mexico, and in his studies can also be heard a non-native wildness and urgency, for all that they are sympathetically composed with intermediate students in mind.
    Master guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu embarks on a praiseworthy and ambitious recording project: Easy Studies for Guitar, works written by famous or less well known composers with the special aim to educate, challenge, develop and entertain the aspiring guitar student. The works focus on certain technical issues disguised as it were in the musical content and its emotions.
    The first CD contains works by Eduardo Garrido, Nikita Koshkin, Alexandre Tansman and Reginald Smith-Brindle.
    Cristiano Porqueddu, who already recorded more than 40 CD’s, all of them to great critical acclaim, takes his task seriously, always finding the right atmosphere and character of these delightful musical gems, aided by his immaculate technique. 
    Excellent liner notes written by the artist.” 
    INFO: http://www.brilliantclassics.com/articles/e/easy-studies-for-guitar-volume-1/
    La tracklist completa:
    Eduardo Garrido (1975): “Alebrijes de la ciudad de México – 8 estudios breves para guitarra” Nikita Koshkin (1956): “Da Capo” 24 Easy Pieces Reginald Smith-Brindle (1917-2003): Ten simple preludes Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986): Douze Pièces Faciles pour Guitar Anteprime sul mio canale SoundCloud:

    21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 2, Adam Levin

    Naxos pubblica il secondo CD dedicato alla musica del XXI secolo per chitarra di autori spagnoli di Adam Levin.
    Dal sito dell'editore:
    This is the second of a four volume series presenting new Spanish works for solo guitar commissioned as part of the acclaimed guitarist, Adam Levin’s residency in Spain. Amongst a wealth of exciting new names there are also some established composers such as Balada, whose imaginative re-invention of Granados’s Danzas españolas opens the recording, García Abril and Casablancas, already made familiar through an extensive catalogue of recordings on Naxos. Volume 1 [Naxos 8.573024] was hailed by Scene Magazine as “one of the essential collections of solo instrumental performance released in the past 50 years”.
    La tracklist:

     

    Mario Gangi Studies for Guitar, Andrea Pace

    La nuova registrazione dei 22 Studi per chitarra di Mario Gangi a cura di Andrea Pace.
    Dal sito dell'editore:
    This is only the second complete recording of the 22 studies by Mario Gangi (1923-2010), and the first to have international distribution. Gangi wrote them towards the climax of his professional career as one of the most renowned guitarists in postwar Italy. He gave first performances of works by his fellow Italians Ennio Porrino and Goffredo Petrassi, among others, but this album grows from his lasting work as a teacher at the conservatories of Rome and Naples.
    Ricordi published his three-volume method which gathers up the fruits of decades of experience as a performer and teacher. The last part is dedicated to this set of 22 studies. Gangi devoted special attention to techniques pertaining to the left hand: fixed and barre chords, polyphony, scales and legato. In addition he developed exercises for perfecting advanced arpeggios, repeated notes and melodic thumb position. However, even the most casual attention paid to the album, and to Enrico Pace’s sensitive performance, will reveal to the listener that these studies are so much more than technical exercises, but fine, free-standing pieces in their own right. Admitting the influence of jazz and the Latin-American world of Astor Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos, they are unfailingly tuneful, readily capturing a mood whether snappy (the Seventh in particular) or often surprisingly rhapsodic: in this regard the first study sets the tone for the set as a whole. ‘Small masterpieces,’ Pace calls them in his booklet note, ‘small works of art in their own right, pieces that can hold their own in concert halls’; they will find an appeal way beyond the specialised guitar market.
    Mario Gangi (1923-2010) was one of the most important protagonists of the guitar in 20th century Italy. A performer of world rank he also did extensive scholarly work to promote the publication and performances of contemporary guitar works.
    The 22 Studies by Gangi deal with every technical aspect of the guitar technique: scales, arpeggios, repeated notes, polyphony, melodic use of the thumb. But far from being dry exercises they reveal a warm musical personality, which imbued the 20th century influences of Jazz, Latin-America, and the European guitar tradition. Played with consummate skill and feeling by master guitarist
    Andrea Pace, who already recorded successfully for Brilliant Classics works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (BC94833).

    Napoléon Coste Guitar Music, Flavio Apro

    Brilliant Classics pubblica una nuova release dedicata alla musica originale per chitarra. Si tratta del nuovo CD del chitarrista italiano Flavio Apro dedicato alla musica di Napoléon Coste.
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    The extensive catalogue of guitar music issued by Brilliant Classics already includes music by Napoléon Coste within an album of duets (BC93898). He appeared (as he does on the album) in company with his teacher Fernando Sor in concert. Indeed after a prodigious start he became a Liszt of the guitar, appearing to acclaim around Europe until both a bad accident in 1863, and the decline of interest in the guitar in the latter half of the 19th century, robbed him of his performing career. Thus Coste turned to teaching, and in that capacity wrote the studies on this album which have never been recorded before as a complete entity.
    They were not written as a set but during the last two decades of his life, and thus they reveal both the growth of Coste as a mature composer and musician, and his talent for incorporating romantic subtleties of harmony with the pedagogy of the instrument. The composer supplied a self-deprecating introduction: ‘modest productions (…) dedicated to talented amateur players and former students, whose memory is precious to the author’, but the Etudes are true concert pieces, amounting to a mini-treatise on Romantic harmony and musical forms used in Europe at the time.
    Coste wrote the Etudes for a seven-stringed instrument; playing them on a six-stringed Classical guitar, Flávio Apro has devised
    his own innovative solutions, which further enhance Coste’s intended technical challenges. The Op.30 Serenade, however, dates from seven years before the abrupt end to the composer’s concert career and is thus more ebullient in tone: a through-composed, 10-minute work of impressionistic imitation which takes in both Spanish and French influences from operetta to Bolero before a grand finale.
    This is Flávio Apro’s third album for Brilliant Classics, after the success of Nocturne (BC94875) and The Brazilian Guitar (BC94810).
    Napoleon Coste (1805-1883) was one of the most important and influential protagonists of the guitar in the 19th century. He was a prodigy, touring Europe in his early years giving highly successful concerts, publishing his own music, inventing new types of guitars and hybrid instruments such as the Heptacode and Decacorde, a musicologist and a highly respected teacher.
    His most important oeuvre for the guitar are the “25 Etudes de Genre”, concert pieces composed over the whole period of his life, miniatures of great attraction, charm, melodic inventiveness and virtuosity. Also included is the Grande Sérénade Op. 30, a multi-movement concert piece to show off the player’s skills and sentiment.
    Played with great conviction, technical command and apparent joy by the wonderful Flávio Apro, one of Brazil’s foremost guitarists, who already successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics: “Nocturne” (BC 94875) and “The Brazilian Guitar” (BC 94810).
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