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Anthology of Classical Guitar Music (40 CDS)

Anthology of Classical Guitar Music (40 CDS)

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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.

This new release from BRILLIANT is the most extensive guitar collection available. This set spans several centuries of guitar music: from the Baroque period 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 twentieth century where famous composers extended its sonic possibilities to the very borders of the spectrum. What lies within this release is a treasure trove of unprecedented scope and substance, for both connoisseur and music lover, performed by world class guitarists. Among these guitarists are Paganini expert Luigi Attademo, Cristiano Porqueddu who is currently preparing his Carnegie Hall debut, Frederic Ziganti, Giulio Tampalini, and many more. There are numerous world premiere recordings here, 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.

Albéniz:
Aragón (from Suite española Op. 47, 1886)
Cantos de España (5), Op. 232, No. 2 'Orientale'
Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
Granada (from Suite española No. 1, Op. 47)
Cadiz (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
Córdoba (from Chants d’Espagne Op. 232)
Cuba (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
Asturias (from Suite espanola, Op. 47)
Castilla/Seguidillas (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
Cataluna (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
Sous le palmier, Op. 232, No. 3
Albini:
Corale No. 45, notturno
Asafyev:
Preludes (12) for guitar
Bach, J S:
Lute Suite No. 1 in E minor, BWV996
Lute Suite No. 4 in E major, BWV1006a
Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004
(arr. for guitar)
Beethoven:
Sonatine for mandolin and fortepiano in C minor, WoO 43a
Sonatine for mandolin and fortepiano in C major, WoO 44a
Andante and Variations in D Major, WoO 44b
Variations (6) in G major on the duet 'Nel cor più non mi sento' from the opera La Molinara by Giovanni Paisiello, WoO 70
Biberian:
Guitar Sonata No. 1
Bobrowicz:
Variations and Polonaise on a duet from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Op. 30
Bogdanovic:
Sonata No. 1 for Guitar
Sonata No. 2 for Guitar
Cinque Pezzi di Mare
Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for the 'Golden Flower'
Quatre Bagetelles
Polyrhythmic and Polymetric Studies
Bortolazzi:
Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento, Op. 8
Brouwer, L:
Sonata del Caminante
Estudios Sencillos
Nuevos estudios sencillos (2001)
Preludios Epigramaticos
Carulli:
Solo, Op. 76, No. 1
Trois Menuets et Trois Valses, Op. 84
From L’Utile e l’Agréable: Grande et seul recueil, Op. 114
Petits solos brillants et non difficiles, Op. 262
Trois Divertissements in E, Op. 223 for tuned guitar
Cassadó:
Preambulo y Sardana
Castelnuovo-Tedesco:
24 Preludes and Fugues for 2 Guitars Op. 199 (selection)
Cimarosa:
Keyboard Sonata in A Minor, C.2
Keyboard Sonata, C.3
Keyboard Sonata, C.4
Keyboard Sonata, C.5
Keyboard Sonata, C.16
Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, C.17
Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, C.9
Keyboard Sonata, C.14
Keyboard Sonata, C.15
Keyboard Sonata, C.18
Keyboard Sonata, C.19
Keyboard Sonata, C.20
Keyboard Sonata, C.21
Keyboard Sonata, C.22
Keyboard Sonata, C.23
Keyboard Sonata, C.24
Keyboard Sonata, C.25
Keyboard Sonata, C.33
Keyboard Sonata, C.34
Keyboard Sonata, C.35
Keyboard Sonata, C.36
Keyboard Sonata, C.37
Keyboard Sonata, C.47
Keyboard Sonata, C.49
Keyboard Sonata, C.50
Keyboard Sonata, C.53
Keyboard Sonata, C.55
Keyboard Sonata, C.56
Keyboard Sonata, C.58
Keyboard Sonata, C.61
Coste, N:
25 Etudes, Op. 38
Grande Sérénade, Op. 30
Fantaisie on two themes from Bellini's Norma, Op. 16
Introduction and Variations on a theme by Bellini (Il Pirata)
Diabelli:
Sonata No. 1 in C Major
Sonata No. 2 in A Major
Sonata No. 3 in F Major
Falla:
Homenaje
Farkas:
Exercitium Tonale
Farnaby, G:
Sonata No. 2
Sonata No. 3
Sonata No. 4
Ginastera:
Guitar Sonata, Op. 47
Giuliani, Mauro:
Introduction, Theme with Variations and Polonaise in A, Op. 65
Sinfonia nell'opera La Gazza Ladra del M. Rossini
Sinfonia nell'opera l'Assedio di Corinto del M. Rossini
Sinfonia nell'opera Elisabetta Rigina di Inghilterra del M. Rossini
Sinfonia nell'opera La Cenerentola del G. Rossini
Sinfonia nell'opera Il Pirata del M. Bellini
Ouverture de l'opera La Vestale par M. Spontini
Variations on "Deh alma oh cliel" from Rossinis Otello for Guitar "terzina" and String Quartet Op. 101
Henze, H:
Drei Tentos
Royal Winter Music 1 - First Sonata on Shakespearean Characters for Guitar
Royal Winter Music 2 - Second Sonata on Shakespearean Characters for Guitar
Holguín:
Pequeña Suite No. 1, Op. 80
Hummel, J:
Sonata for fortepiano and mandolin in C major, Op. 37a
Potpourri for Piano and Guitar in G minor, Op. 53
Jappelli:
Light Frameworks
Sei Intonazioni
Lasala:
Nocturno
Lauro:
Cuatro valses venezolanos
Legnani:
Duetto Concertante, Op. 23
Cavatina d'Ernani
Gran Duetto, Op. 87
Cavatina D'Elvira
Llobet:
Leonesa
La cancó del lladre
El Noi de la Mare (The Mother's Son)
El Mestre (The Master)
Lo rossinyol
L'Heureu Riera
El Testament d'Amelia (Amelia's Testament)
Lo fill del rei
La pastoreta
Plany
La filadora
La filla del marxant
La nit de Nadal
La preço de Lleida
Scherzo - Vals
Mazurka for Federico Bufaletti
Romanza
Variaciones sobre un tema de Sor
Manca:
Notturno No. 3
Ulisse
Mertz:
Bardenklange, Op. 13
Opern-Revue, Op. 8: Fantasia No. 11 on Marino Faliero (after Donizetti)
Mirto:
3 Nocturnes
Mompou:
Cancion i danza No. 10
Suite Compostelana
Montaña:
Suite Colombiana No. 4
Nepomuceno:
Suite Antiga, Op. 11
Paganini:
Ghiribizzi
Grande sonata concertata MS 3
Palacios, A:
Sonata para guitarra
Pernambuco:
Sons de carrilhões
Piazzólla:
Cuarto Estaciones Porteñas
Tango Sensations (5) for bandoneón & string quartet
Concerto for Bandoneon, Guitar & Orchestra 'Hommage à Liege'
Ponce, M:
Sonatina Meridional
Guitar Sonata No. 3
Sonata Mexicana
Twenty Four Preludes
Sonata Mexicana
Tres canciones populares
Tres instantes de éxtasis
Miniaturas sinaloenses
Pujol, M D:
Historias sin Palabras
Nocturno
Regondi:
Rêverie nocturne, Op. 19
Fete Villageoise (Rondo Caprice), Op. 20
Air Varié No 1, Op. 21
Air Varié No 2, Op. 22
Introduction and Caprice, Op. 23
Air Varié de l'opera de Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Rodrigo:
Invocación y danza
Rozsa:
Valse crépuscalaire
Salvo:
La notte di Penelope
Sauguet:
Cadence
Trois preludes
Six Pièces faciles
Musique pour Claudel No. 1
Musique pour Claudel No. 2
Scarlatti, D:
Keyboard Sonata K377 in B minor
Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major
Keyboard Sonata K209 in A major
Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor
Keyboard Sonata K77 in D minor
Keyboard Sonata K34 in D minor
Keyboard Sonata K291 in E minor
Keyboard Sonata K292 in E minor
Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor
Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor
Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor
Signorile:
Ninna nanna a Donegal
Le colline di Karen, notturno africano
Sor:
Etudes for Guitar (excerpts)
Tansman:
Cavatina
Hommage a Chopin
Suite in Modo Polonico
Inventions
Deux chansons populaires
Tárrega:
Capricho árabe
La alborada
Marieta (Mazurka)
Pavana
María, gavota
Isabel (Vals) [Johann Strauss II]
La cartagenera
Adelita
Rosita
El columpio
Danza Mora
Gran vals
Malagueña fácil
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Mazurka in G
Las Dos Hermanas
Minuetto in E major
Paquito (Vals)
Pepita
Danza odalisca
Sueno
Vals (in D)
Variations on Carnival of Venice
Torresan:
Notturno
Torroba:
Sonatina in A major for solo guitar
Nana
Puertas de Madrid
Sonata-Fantasía
trad.:
About 500 Years
Turina:
Fandanguillo, Op. 36
Sevillana, Op. 29
Ráfaga, Op. 53
Garrotin y Soleares
Sonata for Guitar, Op. 61
Vanhal:
6 Variations, Op. 42
Villa-Lobos:
Preludes (5) for guitar
Suite populaire brésilienne
Valsa-Concerto No. 2, Op. 8
Simples
Visée:
Guitar Suite in F-Sharp Major
Guitar Suite in B Minor
Guitar Suite in G Major
Guitar Suite in D Minor
York, A:
Into dark