Scarlatti, D: Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

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Scarlatti - Complete Keyboard Sonatas Volume 19

Scarlatti - Complete Keyboard Sonatas Volume 19


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K442 in B-flat major

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K240 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K373 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K391 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K411 in B-flat major

Keyboard Sonata K482 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K327 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K486 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K432 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K399 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K222 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K499 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K353 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K286 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K294 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K359 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K497 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K244 in B major

Keyboard Sonata K292 in E minor

Keyboard Sonata K454 in G major


Goran Filipec (piano)

Alessandro Scarlatti was largely responsible for developing early Neapolitan opera but his son Domenico Journeyed to Lisbon and then to Madrid where he entered the service of the royal family. It was primarily for the Infanta Maria Barbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746, that Domenico Scarlatti wrote his celebrated single-movement sonatas, some of the greatest pieces in eighteenth-century keyboard repertoire. This volume reveals Scarlatti’s evocations of Spanish dance rhythms, vivid exploration of color, scintillating scales and arpeggios and striking echo effects. Goran Filipec was born in Rijeka in 1981 and showed considerable early musical talent. After completing his studies in Croatia at the Academy Ino Mirkovich he continued at the Cologne Musikhochschule, the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His concert performances have led him to some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, including the Auditorium di Milano, The Mariinsky Theatre, the Budapest Bela Bartok National Concert Hall, and the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris. He is a laureate of several international piano competitions, including the Concorso Internzionale Franz Liszt- Premio Mario Zanfi (Italy), the Concurso de Piano Parnassos (Mexico), the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition (USA) and the Gabala International Piano Competition (Azerbaijan). His Naxos recording of Liszt’s Paganini Studies was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque of the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Society, previous winners of which have included Vladimir Horowitz, Gyorgy Cziffra, Alfred Brendel, Claudio Arrau, Zoltan Kocsis and Maurizio Pollini.

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D Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas

D Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K13 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K124 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K144 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K454 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K470 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K284 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K450 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K4 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K76 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K35 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K31 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K108 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K435 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K140 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K491 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K490 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K397 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K278 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K206 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K135 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K518 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K6 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K175 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K296 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K61 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K443 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K260 in G major

Keyboard Sonata Kdeest in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K513 in C major


Claire Huangci (piano)

Asked what music she wanted to play on her second solo album, she shot back: "Scarlatti!". And yet Claire Huangci is known as a consummate interpreter of highly virtuosic music. But even when reviewing her debut CD of tricky Russian ballet transcriptions, Ingo Harden in Fono Forum had this to say: "Over and above the seemingly effortless and euphonious realization of her programme, her playing has an amazingly wide spectrum of nuances in touch. Even a seasoned performer with decades of experience can hardly offer us a more imaginative and colourful 'orchestra on the piano'."

Such nuances are the heart and soul of Scarlatti's sonatas. Each individual piece needs its own pulse, and its own colours, to bring it to life. Then the music reveals a whole world of joyous experimentation, expressed in the composer's 555 sonatas. Written for none other than himself and his pupil Maria Barbara, the Portuguese Infanta, they contain all that the Baroque and Classical idiom of his age had to offer – including the emulation of special guitar techniques. The self-assurance with which all these elements are juggled often leaves the listener agape.

But how is the artist to master this sheer volume of music and give her selection a meaningful structure? The young pianist writes in her introduction: "Building on that general practice, I began wondering if I could create larger music forms from his works, using individual sonatas as movements. And expanding upon that, what if I was able to present the works in a way that would show people clearly how Scarlatti formed the perfect bridge between the Baroque and Classical periods? Using the sonatas, I decided to create Baroquian Suites and Classical Sonatas, congruent with forms from each respective era."

After reviewing all the sonatas, she finalized her concept of two quite distinct CDs: "Each suite on the first CD follows basic form with an opening movement (prelude or toccata), then allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue with additional intermezzo movements such as bourrees, passepieds, gavottes, minuets, etc. CD2 used different criteria. On top of tonal continuity, it was important to show the classical side of Scarlatti, in expression, in harmonic modulation, and particularly in compositional structure (exposition, development, recapitulation)." Not that the aim is to reconstruct works that have never existed in that form. The idea is that the listener will form an impression of how the pieces are related to one another, if they are not heard in isolation. This at once builds logical bridges between movements that were previously an arbitrary sequence of individual pieces. It also demonstrates Scarlatti's versatility as a titan of the miniature, confidently poised between two eras in the creation of his own music.

“Huangci’s Yamaha piano has a harpsichord-like sound that suits her pert finger staccato: there is some stunning fast playing, and the gem-like brilliance of Scarlatti’s invention shines through.” The Observer, 5th July 2015 ***

“in order for Huangci to maintain balance and proportion within her superimposed larger forms, she understandably omits repeats, which avid Scarlatti connoisseurs might miss. Yet when you consider her instinctive musicality, unflappable technical command and sensitive ear for nuance, repeats hardly matter.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

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Scarlatti: Complete Piano Sonatas Sonatas Vol. 14

Scarlatti: Complete Piano Sonatas Sonatas Vol. 14

Sonatas K. 454 - K. 483


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K454 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K455 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K456 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K457 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K458 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K459 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K460 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K461 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K462 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K463 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K464 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K465 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K466 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K467 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K468 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K469 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K470 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K471 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K472 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K473 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K474 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K475 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K477 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K478 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K479 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K480 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K482 in F major

Keyboard Sonata K483 in F major


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D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K441 in B-flat major

Keyboard Sonata K415 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K193 in E flat major

Keyboard Sonata K2 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K247 in C sharp minor

Keyboard Sonata K531 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K466 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K162 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major


Prisca Benoit (piano)

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Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonatas


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K178 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K330 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K1 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K335 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K14 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K375 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K254 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K32 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K11 in C minor

Keyboard Sonata K74 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K149 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K377 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K431 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

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Roberto Aussel (guitar)

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Scarlatti High and Low - 16 Late Harpsichord Sonatas by Scarlatti

Scarlatti High and Low - 16 Late Harpsichord Sonatas by Scarlatti


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K477 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K478 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K479 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K480 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K428 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K429 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K386 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K387 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K381 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K451 in A minor

Keyboard Sonata K514 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K515 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K426 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major


Colin Tilney (harpsichord)

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Domenico Scarlatti: 12 Sonatas for Guitar

Domenico Scarlatti: 12 Sonatas for Guitar


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 K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K213 in D minor


Luigi Attademo (guitar)

Recording made in 1998.

Luigi Attademo is responsible for the premieres of rediscovered works for guitar by Tansman, Cyril Scott (Sonatina, Alesandria, 2001), Lennox Berkeley and Mompou.

The 600 or so sonatas for harpsichord by Domenico Scarlatti contain some of the most remarkable music for keyboard from the Barock era. The influence of these works can be detected in the sonatas of Haydn, Clementi, and Beethoven. The fact that these composers, who developed the piano sonata form to new levels virtuosity, and at a time when the piano was a ‘new’ instrument, developing constantly, were influenced by his examples, has lead to many performers re-appraising Scarlatti’s sonatas. How would they sound on other instruments?

The modern concert grand is, today, no stranger to Scarlatti’s sonatas, but the guitar? The great Andres Segovia was one of the first to recognise that many of these sonatas would work for the guitar. His idea was not to imitate the harpsichord (‘a guitar with a cold’ as he famously said, much to the annoyance of the great harpsichordist Wanda Landowska), but to bring out hitherto unexplored textures and colours contained in the music that only the guitar could realise. There wasn’t much in the way of period interpretation or slavish imitation of keyboard practice in Segovia’s approach. It was a marvellously ‘gut feel’ instinctive interpretation that divided opinion. In 1994 Claudio Giuliani attempted (successfully) to navigate a path for guitarists through the purists and Segovia’s opposing positions and published a collection of Scarlatti’s sonatas that lie within the compass of the guitar. On this CD Attademo skilfully demonstrates that the two schools of thought can be brought together – Scarlatti’s genius as keyboard virtuoso, and the genius and instinctiveness of Segovia.

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Piano Sonatas by Scarlatti and Mendelssohn

Piano Sonatas by Scarlatti and Mendelssohn


Mendelssohn:

Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 6

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K531 in E Major

Keyboard Sonata K318 in F sharp major

Keyboard Sonata K533 in A Major

Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K44 in F Major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K49 in C major


Sveinung Bjelland (piano)

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Italian Lute Music Vol. 2

Italian Lute Music Vol. 2


Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K30 in G minor 'Cat's Fugue'

Keyboard Sonata K208 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K481 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K476 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K440 in B flat major

Zamboni:

Sonatas IXa and Xia


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Anthology of Classical Guitar Music

Anthology of Classical Guitar Music


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


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.

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Brilliant Classics - 95480BR

(CD - 40 discs)

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