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Anthology of Classical Guitar Music, Vol. 2

Anthology of Classical Guitar Music, Vol. 2


Andante con Variazioni in D Major, WoO44 No. 2

Sonatine for mandolin and fortepiano in C major, WoO 44a

Sonatine for mandolin and fortepiano in C minor, WoO 43a

Variations (6) in G major on the duet 'Nel cor più non mi sento' from the opera La Molinara by Giovanni Paisiello, WoO 70


Variations and Polonaise on a duet from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Op. 30


Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento, Op. 8

Coste, N:

Fantaisie on two themes from Bellini's Norma, Op. 16

Introduction and Variations on a theme by Bellini (Il Pirata)

25 Etudes, Op. 38

Grande Sérénade, Op. 30


Sonata Op. 29 No. 1 in C major

Sonata Op. 29 No. 2 in A major

Sonata Op. 29 No. 3 in F major

Giuliani, Mauro:

Introduction, Theme with Variations and Polonaise in A, Op. 65

Variations on "Deh alma oh cliel" from Rossinis Otello for Guitar "terzina" and String Quartet Op. 101

Sinfonia nell'opera Il barbiere di Siviglia del G. 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

Ouverture de l'opera La Clemenza di Tito par W. Mozart

Gran Pot-Pourri, Op. 67

Hummel, J:

Sonata for fortepiano and mandolin in C major, Op. 37a

Potpourri for Piano and Guitar in G minor, Op. 53


Fantasia on Elvira's Cavatina from Verdi's Ernani


Opern-Revue, Op. 8: Fantasia No. 11 on Marino Faliero (after Donizetti)



Grand Sonata in A major


Feuille d’album

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


Capricho arabe

La alborada

Marieta (Mazurka)


María, gavota

Isabel (Vals) [Johann Strauss II]

La cartagenera



El columpio

Danza Mora

Gran vals

Malagueña fácil

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Mazurka in G Major

Las Dos Hermanas

Minuetto in E major

Paquito (Vals)


Danza odalisca


Vals (in D)

Variations on Carnival of Venice


6 Variations, Op. 42

(arr. for mandolin, guitar and fortepiano)

Alon Sariel (mandolin), Izhar Elias (guitar), Michael Tsalka (fortepiano), Claudio Giuliani (guitar), Alberto Mesirca (guitar), Luigi Attademo (guitar), Roch Modrzejewski (guitar), Claudio Maccari (guitar), Paolo Pugliese (guitar), Flavio Apro (guitar), Giulio Tampalini (guitar)

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Coste: Guitar Music

Coste: Guitar Music

Coste, N:

25 Etudes, Op. 38

Grande Sérénade, Op. 30

Flavio Apro (classical guitar)

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” (94875BR) and “The Brazilian Guitar” (94810BR).

The extensive catalogue of guitar music issued by Brilliant Classics already includes music by Napoléon Coste within an album of duets. 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 throughcomposed, 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 and The Brazilian Guitar.

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Coste: Guitar Works, Vol. 4

Coste: Guitar Works, Vol. 4

Coste, N:

Introduction and Allegretto

25 Etudes, Op. 38

Reverie Nocturne

Etudes from Complete Method for Guitar by Sor

Jeffrey McFadden (guitar)

“"Naxos arrives at the fourth installment in its complete cycle of Napoleon Coste's guitar music. The influential 19th century French guitarist and composer wrote in an early Romantic style touched by sophisticated textures, idiomatic assurance, and formal symmetry. You might say that his music sounds like what Carl Maria von Weber might have written had he been a guitar specialist. In any event, Costé's 25 Etudes Op. 38 mask their didactic aims by way of sheer musical delight. It's fantastic guitar writing, packed with enough double-note patterns, glistening scale passages, ingenuous polyphonic effects, and sly harmonic twists to entice listeners and keep guitarists honest. Jeffrey McFadden not only is an extraordinary guitarist--he's also an inspired musician. Hear, for instance, how he breathes life into the second etude's flowing patterns, or his impeccable timing of all the cadenza-type passages throughout the etudes. What variety of touch, dynamic inflection, and color McFadden brings to the slower selections! Bass lines simply soar, and the bell-like sound he gets from the higher strings and remarkable registral independence makes us wonder if McFadden is actually playing a piano disguised as a guitar! Informative annotations, gorgeous engineering, and, well, you already know the rest. No question, this is one of the loveliest discs in Naxos' burgeoning guitar collection. Buy it.” Classics Today, 19th February 2001

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