Next Generation Guitar Cds • 3

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These covid times find many of us reflecting about the future (of humanity, music, the guitar…), so I was wondering how the younger generation of guitarists were doing, and to which point they are absorbing the legacy of repertoire written specifically for their instrument.

 

So, these posts are concerned by a selection of young guitarists that recently (2019-2020) recorded their first solo album of original music for the guitar. For each artist, I will give a link where one can listen to excerpts of their recent Cds. Enjoy your listening !

 

For this third post, I will continue with:

 

A One composer album and 2 recitals (3) :

Latin American contemporary works (played by Antonio Amodeo) :

https://music.apple.com/au/album/continuidad-y-deformación-contemporary-music-project/1447675822

 

Agustín Barrios (played by José Carlos Cabrera) :

http://www.contrastesrecords.com/oracion

 

Recent Costa Rican music (played by Carlos Alberto Castro) :

https://music.apple.com/us/album/canto-a-la-vida/id1469178547

Next Generation Guitar Cds • 2

guitar-play-guitar-musical-instrument-song-bookThese covid times find many of us reflecting about the future (of humanity, music, the guitar…), so I was wondering how the younger generation of guitarists were doing, and to which point they are absorbing the legacy of repertoire written specifically for their instrument.

So, these posts are concerned by a selection of young guitarists that recently (2019-2020) recorded their first solo album of original music for the guitar. For each artist, I will give a link where one can listen to excerpts of their recent Cds. Enjoy your listening !

For this second post, I will continue with:

One and Two composer albums (3) :

 

Francisco Tárrega (played by Simon Krajncan) :

https://music.apple.com/gr/album/simon-krajncan-plays-tarrega/1488704768

 

Federico Moreno Torroba (played by Pietro Locatto) :

https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8652543–torroba-sonata-fantasia-other-guitar-works

 

Roland Dyens and Heitor Villa-Lobos (played by Eddy Rabilloud) :

https://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/hommage/1448346778?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Next Generation Guitar Cds • 1

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These covid times find many of us reflecting about the future (of humanity, music, the guitar…), so I was wondering how the younger generation of guitarists were doing, and to which point they are absorbing the legacy of repertoire written specifically for their instrument.

 

So, these posts are concerned by a selection of young guitarists that recently (2019-2020) recorded their first solo album of original music for the guitar. For each artist, I will give a link where one can listen to excerpts of their recent Cds. Enjoy your listening !

 

For this first post, I will start with:

One-composer albums (3) :

 

 Agustín Barrios (played by Lorenzo Bernardi):

https://music.apple.com/us/album/agust%C3%ADn-barrios-mangoré-al-estilo-antiguo/1463640109

 

Stephen Dodgson (played by Christian Tartaglia):

https://www.qobuz.com/ch-fr/album/stephen-dodgson-20-studies-for-guitar-world-premiere-recording-christian-tartaglia/jb56ew8l3o5ab

 

Albert Harris (played by Keith Barnhart):

https://www.amazon.com/Albert-Harris-Classical-Guitar-Works/dp/B07Z2DBYW1

17, 000th Guitar Recording !

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Photo courtesy of Atma classique

 

Yesterday, April 8, 2020, my CG Computerized Discography (started in 1985) reached 17, 000 recordings.

 

The 17, 000th CD I entered was 14 Histoires de guitares [14 Guitar Stories] by  David Jacques. This experienced guitarist has an enviable discography of 40 Cds. For example, he previously presented the complete works of Robert de Visée, then Antoine Carré as well as Rémy Médard, all works played on Baroque Guitar.

 

This time, his project is a celebration of guitar making, specifically 14 historic guitars, built between 1665 and 1972. This includes the last playable Alexandre Voboam Baroque guitar (c. 1665). The recording venue, the church of Saint-Benoît in Quebec, Canada, is the perfect setting for this crisp and lively recording allowing each guitar to be presented in its best light. A 39-page, lavishly illustrated booklet, presents repertoire (34 pieces) that is superbly played and presents a mix of better known names (Giuliani, Sor, Sanz…) as well as lesser known ones (Nemerovsky, Arcas, Castillo, Marien, Shand, Pratten etc…). So thank you David for this magnificent CD!

 

https://www.atmaclassique.com/Fr/Albums/AlbumInfo.aspx?AlbumID=1637

https://www.david-jacques.com

A John Duarte Discography

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Today’s post is dedicated to John William Duarte (2 October, 1919 – 23 December, 2004). 2019 was his 100th birthday year. This occasion was appropriately celebrated in 2 magazines :

Classical Guitar (USA) Fall 2019 Paul Fowles « Celebrating the Centenary of Jack Duarte » pp 42-43

Soundboard December 2019 Al Kunze « John W. Duarte : A Centennial Appreciation » pp 35-37

 

To my knowledge, his discography has now reached 217 recordings.

 

I found 5 recordings entirely devoted to the British composer’s output:

Smith, Neil  (1984)

Blaha, Vladislav  (2001)

Goni, Antigoni  (2001)

Pesaresi, Liliana (g) / Trabucchi, Luca (g) [Duo Chitarristico Waldner] (2006)

Larson, Swede (g)/ Nordvik, Amber (soprano) (2013)

 

His TOP 6 most recorded pieces are the following :

English Suite No. 1, Op. 31 (1963-65) To Andrés Segovia [49 recordings found]

Variations on a Catalan Folk Song Canço Del Lladre, Op. 25 (1956) [24 recordings]

Sua Cosa, To the memory of Wes Montgomery, Op. 52 (1972) [19 recordings]

Idylle pour Ida, Op. 93 (1982) (Hommage à Ida Presti) [dedicated to Alice Artzt] [11 recordings]

Birds, Op. 66 (1977) [Written for Robert Brightmore] [9 recordings]

Five Quiet Songs, Op. 37 (1968) (originally dedicated to Julian Bream and Peter Pears) [8 recordings]

 

Interestingly, Al Kunze mentions the pieces by Duarte that should be recorded more or at all. Among these is the monumental Variations on a french nursery song, Op. 32 (1965-66) [To Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya].

 

I found only 5 recordings of this masterpiece (Kunze’s word) that clocks in at almost 20 minutes. So thank you for your beautiful music John Duarte and I hope many serious duos will take up Op. 32, it’s about time!

 

 

Sources :

http://www.v4m.net/classicalguitar/artists/JohnDuarte/JohnDuarte.htm

Enrique Robichaud Computerized Discography (presently at 16, 915 recordings)

Happy Birthday Jorge Cardoso!

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This month, we celebrate the birthday of composer and guitarist Jorge Ruben Cardoso Krieger. Born in Argentina on January 26, 1949, Cardoso is famous for his Milonga in D minor which is TOP 47 on the list of the 100 most recorded original pieces for guitar.

 

I have found 226 recordings of his music, the latest being in January 2020 : Postcards for Guitar by Antonio Malinconico, where the artist plays no less than 4 compositions by Cardoso.

 

The Argentine composer penned more than 400 compositions. Through these, one can see his interest in Argentine and South-american musical forms. Nowhere is this more obvious than in his Suite de los Mita-I : 48 pieces, all in different dance forms of South America. So thank you and  ¡Feliz cumpleaños, maestro!

 

Find the list of Cardoso’s compositions here :

https://www.jorgecardoso.net/Jorge_Cardoso/Composiciones.html

Desert Island CDs

This post is about favourites. Cds that I often listen to and give me repeated pleasure. Cds that I would absolutely want to bring on a desert island. I decided to share 3 with you. They are all played with plenty of charm, passion and inspiration. Which ones are your own favourites?

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1- Giuliani’s Opuses  19, 25 and 52

Kazuhito Yamashita, (guitar)/James Galway, (flute)/ Joseph Swensen, (violin)/ Elizabeth Anderson (cello)

RCA (BMG Classics) • 09026- 60237-2 • 1992

Excerpt of Op. 52 : I Andante sostenuto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IUL8ClwMvI

 

 

2- Guido Santórsola’s Sonata a duo No. 1 (1962) : II Lento (here played in concert)

 

Lars Karlsson (guitar)/ Michael Ljung (guitar) [Duodecima] [Sor Op. 54bis, Duarte Op. 32, Petit Toccata]

Opus 3 • OP 8201 • 1982

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etYhR5XhD7c

 

 

3- Laporta, Isidro de (1750-1808)

Guitar Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 1: II. Rondo: Allegretto

Luca Trabucchi (guitar)/ Manuel Guillén (violin)/ Pierluigi Ruggiero (cello) [Trio Concertando] [Trios by Laporta and Antonio Ximénez (1751-1826)

Hungaroton • HCD 32615 • 2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvPftSob3sk

Happy Birthday David Starobin!

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David’s latest CD. Pictured with composer Fred Lerdahl

 

Today, Friday September 27 2019, will be David Starobin’s birthday. I don’t know what gifts he will receive but I certainly thank this very busy man for all the gifts HE gave us, guitarists, especially all his recordings. Talking about recordings, do you know how many he has recorded ? The answer is presently 67 recordings listed in my CG computerized discography of amazing, mostly First World Recordings to listen to. I do not know of any North American guitarist that has recorded more. My personal favourite Starobin recordings (and discoveries) are Henze’s Carillon, récitatif et masque, William Bland’s Nouveau Rag, as well as many pieces by Crumb, Jemnitz, Kolb, Lansky, Lennon and others.

 

So for all this hard work, thank you David and Happy Birthday !

Mauro Giuliani

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Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani (27 July 1781 – 8 May 1829)

 This month, on the 27th, we will celebrate the 238th year of Mauro Giuliani’s birth. This great Italian guitar virtuoso and composer was born in the fortress town of Bisceglie (Puglia). His music is favourite among guitarists probably only after that of his contemporary Fernando Sor. 4 scores of his are in the TOP 100 most recorded original pieces for guitar :

 

TOP 48 : Grand Overture in A Major, Op. 61

TOP 64 : Grand Duo Concertant in A Major, Op. 85

TOP 71 : Rossiniana No. 1, Op. 119

TOP 77 : Variations on a theme of Händel, Op. 107

 

Mile grazie for your music, maestro !

 

Source: Heck, Thomas F. Mauro Giuliani: Virtuoso Guitarist and Composer

Carlos Chávez

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Carlos Chávez (by Carl van Vechten in 1937)

Carlos Chávez [Carlos Antonio de Padua Chávez y Ramírez], was born 120 years ago on June 13, 1899 and died on August 2, 1978.

 

Chávez was an important Mexican composer who wrote extensively for the piano as well as chamber and choir music, 6 symphonies and 5 ballets. Incidentally, he was a prominent student of the piano under Manuel María Ponce, and wrote 2 pieces for the guitar.

 

First, his Tres piezas para guitarra [Three pieces for Guitar] of 1923. According to guitarist Adam Brown, it was initially left unfinished until 1954, when Mexican guitarist Jesus Silva requested a piece from Chávez. Second, his Feuille d’album [Hoja de álbum in Spanish or Album Page in English] of 1974 . I found 13 recordings of the first and none of the second.

 

I recommend Manuel Barrueco’s thoughtful recording of the Tres piezas(VoxBox 3/ Turnabout-Vox • CD3X 3007) played on the late Robert Ruck guitar No. 58 built in 1972.

 

Sources :

About the Tres piezas :

https://www.adambrownguitar.com/discography

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Chávez

Otero, CorazónManuel M. Ponce and the Guitar, 1983.Page 13

 

About the Ruck guitar :

Noted Luthier Robert Ruck (Builder of Manuel Barrueco’s Famous ‘No. 58’) Passes Away at 72