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Rovshan Mamedkuliev was first prize-winner at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2012, and now stands as one of the world’s most exciting young instrumentalists. He has constructed a programme with several themes. Iberian music is represented by Falla, Albéniz and Turina, and by two of the titans of guitar playing, Miguel Llobet and Francisco Tárrega. He also includes music by his Azerbaijani compatriot, Fikret Amirov, whose folkloric-influenced music is another thematic link. The kaleidoscopic Just How Funky Are You by Andrew York and Leo Brouwer’s An Idea explore the guitar’s contemporary vitality. This recital disc demonstrates a number of facets at Mahmedkuliev’s disposal. He celebrates the Spanish lineage of the instrument with some canonic pieces, but also appeals more widely via contemporary music and by promoting the music of his compatriot. This disc will appeal both to admirers of this exciting new guitarist and to his repertoire choices.
Manuel de Falla: La vida breve (arr. K. Fujii for guitar)
La vida breve, Act II: Danse espagnole No. 1 (arr. K. Fujii for guitar)
Fikret Amirov: 12 Miniatyur (arr. R. Mamedkuliev for guitar)
No. 1. Ballad
No. 2. Ashug's Song
No. 5. Lyrical Dance
No. 6. On Hunting
No. 3. Nocturne
No. 10. Toccata
Miguel Llobet Soles: Variations on a Theme of Sor, Op. 15
Variations on a Theme of Sor, Op. 15
Sergei Rudnev: Ivushka
Isaac Albeniz: Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47 (arr. F. Tarrega for guitar)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: III. Sevilla (arr. F. Tarrega for guitar)
Joaquin Turina: Sevillana, Op. 29
Sevillana, Op. 29
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio diabolico, Op. 85, "Homage to Paganini"