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    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.
    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.
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    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)
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    “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.” 
    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.
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    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”.
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    Mario Gangi Studies for Guitar, Andrea Pace

    La nuova registrazione dei 22 Studi per chitarra di Mario Gangi a cura di Andrea Pace.
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    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.
    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).

    Sylvano Bussotti Complete Music for Solo Guitar, Sergio Sorrentino

    Sylvano Bussotti Complete Music for Guitar Solo
    Sergio Sorrentino, chitarra (e voce)
    Creative Sources Recordings cs375
    01. Ultima Rara (for guitar and voice - 1969) 8:19
    02. Popolaresca* (for guitar solo – unedited manuscript from the Opera “Bozzetto Siciliano” 1989) 2:09
    03. Ermafrodito** (for guitar and voice - 1999) 19:05
    04. Nuvola Barocca** (for guitar solo - 2011) 7:15
    05. RARA (eco sierologico) for guitar solo – 1964/1967 9:30
    06. Bonus track: Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996): A piece for guitar for the 60th birthday of Sylvano Bussotti
    (for guitar solo – 1991) 1:54
    * World Premiere Recording
    ** Per la prima volta su CD
    Primo CD dedicato all'opera completa per chitarra sola del grande compositore italiano Sylvano Bussotti (1931), con la prima registrazione assoluta di "Popolaresca" (manoscritto inedito del Maestro), cinque composizioni originali e come bonus track una miniatura di Toru Takemitsu dedicata a Bussotti. Alla chitarra (ed alla voce) Sergio Sorrentino, che ha collaborato direttamente con Bussotti per la preparazione dei brani.
    Album prodotto dalla Creative Sources Recordings di Lisbona.
    Da qui è possibile ascoltare le tracce in streaming gratuito su Soundcloud:

    19th Guitar Music, Luigi Attademo

    Brilliant Classics pubblica un nuovo CD dedicato alla musica del XIX secolo per chitarra: 19th century guitar music. L'interprete è il chitarrista italiano Luigi Attademo.
    La tracklist è la seguente:

    A guitar compilation out of the ordinary: full of Mediterranean fire and foot-tapping rhythms, but in the context of a historically informed journey through the cultural landscape of the guitar’s spiritual home in the 19th century, and played on original instruments of the time by a musician who has thoroughly researched the technique and technical developments necessary for performances fully within the idiom. There is even a first recording, most unusually for this often-heard repertoire: the Sonatina by Giuseppe Anelli, a guitarist and composer from Turin who probably published these pieces in 1809.
    The best-known names on this album are Mauro Giuliani and his rival Fernando Sor, both being famed through the capitals of Europe as virtuoso guitarists in the first decades of the 19th century. Giuliani’s Capricci Op.20 are a synthesis of his musical style, full of virtuoso passages and feature a delightful melodic vein that clearly derives from the bel canto tradition. Meanwhile the Fantasia Op.21 and the Variations Op.9 arefine examples of Sor’s style, with their implicit references to Mozart and Haydn as sources of inspiration.
    Less familiar to us now is Dionisio Aguado, who was in Paris during the 1830s. His renown as a composer is less widespread than that of Sor, perhaps because he spent much of his life writing a teaching method (published in 1849) that embodies not only a synthesis of his technical vision of the instrument, but also an aesthetics of sound and an approach to interpretation that are distinctly modern in concept.
    The guitar’s technological innovations are more evident in the music of Napoléon Coste, a student of Sor who devised a seven-stringed guitar that responded to the need for greater timbral and harmonic variety, offering extended richness in the lower register. Le Tournoi, a ‘Fantasie chevaleresque’, was conceived for this type of instrument, and derives directly from the programmatic music typical of the romantic symphonic repertoire. It is no coincidence that the piece was dedicated to Hector Berlioz.
    In the beginning of the 19th century the guitar gained a widespread popularity. The technical developments of the instrument led composers to take it seriously and compositions began to appear regularly.
    This CD offers a survey of the most important guitar composers of the 19th century: Mauro Giuliani, Napoleon Coste, Giuseppe Anelli, Luigi Legnani and Fernando Sor: music of classical Viennese background, spiced up by the colouristic possibilities of the instrument, charming, witty and pleasing to the salon audiences.

    Sonata, Nicola Montella

    L'etichetta discografica DotGuitar pubblica il nuovo CD di Nicola Montella dal titolo "Sonata".
    L'interprete, premiato al Brussels International Guitar Competition, propone una tracklist di musiche di Paganini, Llobet, Coste, Ginastera e Scarlatti.
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    Il CD è disponibile su Amazon, iTunes e sui principali circuiti di vendita di CD digitale.

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