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Image 3CD-BOX: Complete Harpsichord Concertos
HARPSICHORD: Menno van Delft
HARPSICHORD: Siebe Henstra
HARPSICHORD: Christine Schornsheim
Musica Amphion
Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum

In 1717 Johann Sebastian Bach entered the service of the Prince of Anhalt-Cöthen. It was an appointment that was to prove highly fruitful, as, free from ecclesiastical duties and with an instrumental ensemble of about 17 players to hand; Bach took the opportunity to expand his instrumental output -- writing, among others, a collection of violin concertos...

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Image Rossini & Giuliani: Semiramide, arranged for Guita
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Image 5CD-BOX: Sonatas
Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord
Michelangelo Carbonara, piano
Luigi Attademo, guitar
Godelieve Schrama, harp
Mie Miki, accordion

Baroque powerhouse Domenico Scarlatti - son of the great Alessandro Scarlatti and born in 1600, the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friderich Handel - wrote an enormous 555 keyboard sonatas. These were mostly to be performed on the harpsichord, although several sources suggest that he may have also written some for the fortepiano at the Spanish court, where he was employed from 1733. The universal appeal of these sonatas - containing Scarlatti's trademark influence of Iberian folk music and dances - is such that they have been pushed beyond the boundaries of the intended instrument, and thus the recording also boasts performances of selected sonatas on the harp and accordion, bringing these wonderful sonatas into the 21st century.

Each of the performers on the recording are leading interpreters on their instrument. The awards that the performers have won include prizes at the Schubert International Piano Competition (Michelangelo Carbonara), Leipzig Bach Harpsichord Competition (Pieter-Jan Belder), the Concours International d'Exécution Musicale (Luigi Attademo), as well as the RecordAcademy Award (Mie Miki) and the Dutch Music Prize (Godelieve Schrama) This collection boasts a handpicked selection of these for harpsichord, piano, guitar, harp and accordion.

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Image 4 Concertinos For Guitar And Orchestra
Brazilian composers already feature in the extensive library of guitar music on Brilliant Classics: not only the obvious name of Villa-Lobos (BC9196) but on a more diverse survey by Flavio Apro (BC94810), including lesser-known names such as João Pernambuco and Egberto Gismonti whose work also fused traditional Brazilian genres with elements of jazz, classical, world and contemporary music. To their names may now be added Radamés Gnattali (1906-1988). Having composed much music of a consciously national flavour in the early part of his career, emulating Villa-Lobos, he sought a broader appeal during the 1950s with works such as these four guitar concertinos, dating between 1951 and 1967, which use neo-Romantic and neo-classical moulds while maintaining the light style often associated with symphonic jazz. The tricky balance between guitar and orchestra is skilfully handled by means of dialogue and contrast, investing the structure of each work with a degree of intimacy more usually associated with chamber music. The Second Concertino was written for Aníbal August Sardinha, known as Garoto, one of the creators of the bossa nova sound. Even though the concerto clearly reflects the guitarist’s manner of playing, the first movement also reveals the influence of American composers such as Bernstein and Gershwin, the third that of the new trends in symphonic and progressive rock music, with its pressing patterns, while the second embodies something of the melancholy typical of the bossa redolent of saudade. The Third is scored for an unusual ensemble of guitar, flute, timpani and strings, in which the flute also has a soloistic part; the Fourth returns to a string-only ensemble for accompaniment. These premiere recordings are the work of Marco Salcito, who returned to Gnattali’s original manuscripts to edit the scores afresh; all guitar-music enthusiasts will be keen to hear his work. Nikolay First recording of the complete Concertinos for guitar and orchestra by Radamés Gnattali. Radamés Gnattali (1906-1988), son of Italian immigrants, is one of the most popular and famous composers of his native Brazil, where he is mentioned in the same breath as Villa-Lobos. His music is the perfect fusion of the high and the low, of formally structured classical music and the vibrant multi-coloured folk culture of Brazil. The 4 Concertinos for guitar and orchestra are medium-sized, 3-movement works, highly entertaining and brimming with good tunes, groovy rhythms and brilliant instrumentation: a real discovery! Played with infectious enthusiasm by guitarist Marco Salcito and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese conducted by Marcello Bufalini.

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Image The Complete London Manuscript
Almost an exact contemporary of Bach, Silvius Leopold Weiss (16871750) was renowned in his day as one of the most proficient lutenists in Europe. Born in Grottkau, now part of Poland, he soon established himself in the service of Prince Elector of Saxony August the Strong, based in Dresden, where he eventually became the highest paid musician of the court. Over his lifetime he composed over 200 sonatas, and, remarkably, many of them remain conserved and unplayed to this day. The manuscripts can be found in various libraries scattered across Europe, and the London Manuscript, held in the British Library since 1877, contains a staggering 26 solo sonatas as well as other individual and ensemble works with flute. The sonatas are not like the typical Classical sonatas that would appear in Mozarts time; they are structured more like a Baroque suite, normally comprising six individual movements, lively gigues and courantes as well as allemandes and slow sarabandes. Although Weisss lute music has been compared to that of J.S. Bach, there is a wealth of originality here that is not always found in Bachs works, due to Weisss deep understanding of the instrument. Weiss utilised unusually sophisticated harmonies, particularly in the later works, where he frequently employed diminished seventh chords and bold enharmonic changes. His ensemble works for flute and lute add a striking new voice, leading to lively interplay between the two instruments.

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Image 14CD-BOX: Complete Music for Solo Guitar 1965-2013
Cristiano Porqueddu, guitar

Angelo Gilardino is one of the most important guitar composers of the last half century. His unique style is a blend of the old and new, folk art and contemporary music, from Mozart to Messiaen, all his works are illuminated by a warm and mediterranean glow, a feeling of humanity and love for life.

Included are all the works he wrote for guitar solo & guitar and orchestra. Included are his famous 60 Trancendental Studies.

The set includes many world premieres. No better advocate and interpreter could be wished than guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu, a lifelong pupil and friend of the composer, sharing the same musical passions.

Italian composer and guitarist Angelo Gilardino has been at the forefront of contemporary classical guitar music for over 40 years. His legacy is fittingly recognised by Cristiano Porqueddu, himself already firmly established as one of Italy's leading guitarists, who pays tribute to the composer with this integral release of Gilardino's works.

Recorded in chronological order, starting with compositions from the mid 1960s and ending with works written just a few years ago, Porqueddu delves in to the astonishing variety of music Gilardino has produced. From the 'dreamy' works of his early period - including Estrellas para Estarellas, Abreuana and Trepidazione per Thebit - a more formal style began to take hold from the 1980s, with the composer writing his first series of 12 studies (Studi di virtuosità e di trascendenza) in 1981. He followed up this success by adding another 48 to the collection, and since the 2000s the 60 Studies have become a central part of Gilardino's oeuvre, having entered the concert programmes of several prominent guitarists.

Constantly striving to create a new type of dialogue between the guitar and accompanying instruments, Gilardino composed his first concerto for guitar and orchestra in 1996, sealing his reputation as an accomplished orchestral composer with an additional 16 concertos thereafter. During the 2000s, Gilardino returned to writing for the solo guitar, skilfully bridging the divide between atonal chromatic and diatonic modal music.

Gilardino's compositions are inspired by music from all areas and epochs; from Mozart, Ravel and Messiaen to Scottish folk tunes and the beauty of the Mediterranean, there are few elements that are not represented in some shape or form in the composer's works. Porqueddu studied under Gilardino at the 'Lorenzo Perosi' Academy in Biella, and under the composer's guidance his compositions have won him international plaudits in his own right.

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Image The Russian Guitar 1800-1850 (7 CD)
Oleg Timofeyev, guitar
John Schneiderman, guitar

The seven-string guitar appeared in Russia in the 1790s and experienced its Golden Age during the first half of the 19th century. This Box Set is a monument to this remarkable era.

The 7 CD’s of this set follow chronologically the development of the guitar in Russia: from the very first works by the “Patriarch of the Russian guitar” Andrey Sichra, through the Muscovite School of Aksionov, Vysotsky and Vetrov, the St. Petersburg School with works by Morkov and others, to the Romantics Alexandrov, Zimmerman and Sarenko.

Also included are songs accompanied by the guitar and chamber music in which the guitar has a prominent part.

A unique project, played by master guitarist Oleg Timofeyev as soloist, seconded by second guitarist John Schneiderman. Timofeyev wrote the extensive and scholarly liner notes himself.

With artist biographies and extensive liner notes written by the artist.

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Image Complete Music for Lute
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Image Goldberg Variations (2 LP)
As one of the house artists of Brilliant Classics, having an association with the label which stretches back over two decades and countless recordings, Pieter-Jan Belder has the luxury here of presenting his third recording of the apex of Baroque keyboard music, the endlessly absorbing Goldberg Variations. It also marks the start of a project to record the entire harpsichord oeuvre of J.S. Bach, mixing older recordings with new ones such as this. ‘I always dream that I can do better,’ says Belder. ‘I suppose this dream will never end because there will always be something to be improved. I promise though, this will be my last recording of the piece!’ Belder is not short of critical acclaim for previous Bach recordings, many of which are contained within the present incarnation of the label’s complete Bach box (BC94940). According to one reviewer of his previous recording (on BC92284) he is ‘an apostle of mainstream common sense and sanity in Bach interpretation… playing intelligibly and expressively so consistently and so well, alternating sorrowful intensity, tenderness, wit and virtuoso dash as required.’ Belder also contributes his own, lively but scholarly booklet note. Although the old story of Bach composing these variations for Count Kaiserling and his young music-servant Goldberg has often been dismissed as apocryphal, Belder gives it credence. He also points out how the cycle of variations was designed by the composer as the apex of his output for the instrument, with as much educational as expressive purpose. Most recently he has released eight CDs dedicated to the works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. He is also working on a complete recording of the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, a double album with ostinato compositions of various composers and C.P.E. Bach's Violin Sonatas with violinist Rie Kimura. Bach’s Goldberg Variations are the touching stone of a musician’s stature, and no wonder that award-winning Dutch harpsichordist Pieter-Jan Belder considers it a necessary and rewarding task to record it again (having recorded it already 15 years ago), his immense experience and increased knowledge finding new hidden secrets and treasures in this iconic work. The personal booklet notes by Pieter-Jan Belder show his great insight, knowledge and love for this work, which has been on his music stand for over 30 years. Belder is one of the world’s foremost keyboard players, with an astonishing number of CD’s to his name: the complete Scarlatti Sonatas, Bach keyboard works, Rameau, Soler, Duphly, Marais, CPE Bach, Corelli, Purcell, Telemann, the complete Fitzwilliam Virginal be continued…

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Image Easy Studies For Guitar Vol. 1
The growing library of guitar music on Brilliant Classics already encompasses several albums of etudes and miniatures written for students and amateur players. From rare to well-known, there are the studies of Gangi (BC95204), Tansman (BC95221), Castelnuovo-Tedesco (BC95219) and Gilardino (BC9285), among many others.

The Gilardino album features the artistry of guitarist and composer Cristiano Porqueddu, who has made several other well-received albums for Brilliant Classics, including collections of rarely encountered composers in ‘Novecento Guitar Preludes’ (BC9292) and ‘Novecento Guitar Sonatas’ (BC9455), both of which include many first recordings. Reviewing the set of Preludes, MusicWeb International praised the ‘coruscating variety, fine recorded sound and lovingly shaped playing… Porqueddu’s playing is miraculously clean and there’s very little fret noise.’

Porqueddu’s appetite for the unusual and sense of adventure is further confirmed by a new set of ‘Easy Studies for Guitar’, containing music that is as satisfying to listen to as it is relatively unchallenging to master for the intermediate-to-advanced student guitarist. Only Tansman has a currency outside guitarists, but the other three, more contemporary figures speak with powerfully individual voices.

The Russian composer-guitarist Nikita Koshkin may be a particularly welcome discovery for non-initiates: born in 1956, he counts the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev as important early influences, but his own music lies within the Spanish guitar tradition, while employing more modern harmonies and building to climaxes of unexpected tension and drama. Born in Granada in 1975, Eduardo Garrido now teaches and composes in Mexico, and in his studies can also be heard a non-native wildness and urgency, for all that they are sympathetically composed with intermediate students in mind.

Master guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu embarks on a praiseworthy and ambitious recording project: Easy Studies for Guitar, works written by famous or less well known composers with the special aim to educate, challenge, develop and entertain the aspiring guitar student. The works focus on certain technical issues disguised as it were in the musical content and its emotions.

The first CD contains works by Eduardo Garrido, Nikita Koshkin, Alexandre Tansman and Reginald Smith-Brindle.

Cristiano Porqueddu, who already recorded more than 40 CD’s, all of them to great critical acclaim, takes his task seriously, always finding the right atmosphere and character of these delightful musical gems, aided by his immaculate technique.

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Image Chamber Works With Guitar
Described by fellow composer-guitarist Maximo Diego Pujol as 'one of the most interesting composers I've met in recent years', Giorgio Mirto is a leading light in the world of contemporary guitar music. Following in the footsteps of a series of critically acclaimed volumes dedicated to guitar works and transcriptions by everyone from Mirto's own contemporaries to Rossini and Scarlatti, this new recording focuses the spotlight on Mirto's own compositions.

Music of great imagination and evocation is a defining characteristic of this recording. Tres piezas de Abril, a set of three songs for two guitars, draws inspiration from the vibrant dances of the tango, milonga and candombe, conjuring the characters and colours of Argentina, just as Triste, Solitario y Final is 'drenched in the characteristic atmosphere' of this country. I sentieri del sogno, meanwhile, is an inspired musical re-telling of Sergio Bambarén's The Dolphin, while Su Bentu uses three guitars to give voice to the fierce winds that whip at the coast of Sardinia.

With performances by Mirto himself, in collaboration with additional guitarists and chamber musicians, these pieces are given ample expression. Mirto's deep affinity for his instrument permeates each composition, resulting in a recording that will delight both the casual fan and the connoisseur of guitar music.

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Image Austria 1676
Miguel Yisrael, Lute.

1676 was an important year for European lute music -- Thomas Mace published his famous volume Musick's Monument, and the two Austrian composers and lutenists Wolff Jacob Lauffensteiner and Johann Georg Weichenberger were born. Although these composers' works were stylistically similar to the German school of lute music, they carved out a distinct and independent Austrian movement; this new recording by acclaimed lutenist Miguel Yisrael celebrates their achievements through a programme dedicated to their partitas.

Lute music was, in fact, a central part of Austrian culture in the 17th and 18th centuries: the Habsburgs, for example, played the instrument and employed virtuoso musicians to compose and perform for them. In addition to this, Lauffensteiner and Weichenberger were also exposed a wealth of stylistic influences, primarily the intricate French style of lute playing and the emerging Italian style, which featured a greater emphasis on melody. This rich combination of influences is embodied in their music -- idiomatic works blending French textures with song-like melodies that foreshadow the 18th-century galant style.

This recording is a valuable snapshot of the uniquely Austrian style of lute playing that Lauffensteiner and Weichenberger established. Miguel Yisrael's performances demonstrate a deep resonance with this repertoire, and reveal his exemplary approach to the technical and stylistic intricacies of his instrument.

Recordings made in October 2011.

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Image Pavanas, Fantasias and Dances for Lute
Joachim van den Hove lived and worked in Amsterdam in a particularly prosperous and culturally vibrant period, the Golden Age of the Republic of the Netherlands, when overseas trade brought in immeasurable riches. Van den Hove's instrument was the lute, the most fashionable instrument at the time. He published three substantial collections of lute compositions, one of them called 'Florida', published in 1601, containing a wealth of works from a wide variety of sources: Italian Pavans, German Allemandes and Passemezzos from France, a proof of the attraction of Amsterdam as an international cultural melting pot. Most of the works were in fact written or arranged by van den Hove himself.Lutenist Massimo Marchese did extensive research into the lute manuscripts of the Golden Age, he is a brilliant instrumentalist who already successfully recorded for Brilliant Classics, including lute works by The Visee.

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Image Complete Music For Guitar
The wirily coiffured man in his middle years who glares from the cover of this new Brilliant Classics release is Luigi Mozzani. Perhaps he has misgivings about his picture being taken; if so, it does not apparently unsettle his playing. His left-hand position suggests a stretch of unusual breadth: a Rachmaninov of the guitar, perhaps. The expression, without being too fanciful, suggests a man of pride and personal independence, and gives life to a remarkable story. Mozzani was born into grinding poverty in 1869 but as a child gained a basic musical education that enabled him to earn a living in his home-town of Faenza as a clarinettist in the town band. He taught himself the guitar, and more profitably learnt the oboe, which eventually took him across the Atlantic where he became a member of the New York Philharmonic. There too he published a method-book for the guitar which, once he had returned to Europe, made his name in the guitar fraternity. By the turn of the century, as a player, teacher and maker of guitars, Mozzani had found his metier. His output was not large, and focused on education, but full of original lyric inspiration (complemented here by the sole work for guitar of another born Italian melodist, Ottorino Respighi). The studies are as much tone-pictures as they are technical exercises, no less satisfying as a listening than a playing experience. As wider audiences will now appreciate, his works certainly belong to the finest guitar repertoire of the late 1800s: they have never been gathered together on a single CD, and many of the pieces here receive first recordings. For further historical resonance, Giulio Tampalini presents them on a guitar, built by Mozzani, which once belonged to Andres Segovia. Luigi Mozzani (1869-1943) was born into a poor family in Ancona, Italy. At a very young age he learned to play the guitar and the oboe, later he became principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. However it is the guitar which was his great love. He wrote a “Mozzani” method, which included his technical innovations in Etudes for advanced students. He was also active in the development of the guitar as instrument, and promoted the so-called “lyra-guitar” in the form of a lyre. Mozzani’s music is charming, lyrical and beautifully atmospheric, the works issued in cycles of studies or character pieces. Included as a bonus is the only guitar piece by Ottorino Respighi, a set of variations. Played by one of Italy’s leading guitarists, and “house-guitarist” of Brilliant Classics: Giulio Tampalini, with an impressive discography to his name of works by Tarrega, Llobet, Mirto, Ugoletti a.o. Excellent liner notes in both English and Italian.

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Image Latin American Guitar Music
Deion Cho, guitar

This is the CD debut of Korean guitarist Deion Cho, first prize winner of the Concorso Internacional de Guitarra Clásica Gredos San Diego.

For his first CD Cho chose 4 leading 20-th century guitar composers, differing in style and tradition: Ginastera, Lauro, Montaña and Martínez Palacios.

Although all originating from South America the composer's styles differ greatly: from the neoclassical idiom to folk inspired, from charming Waltzes to harsh expressionism.

All these dazzling, attractive works make full use of the resources of the guitar and show the prodigious gift of this young virtuoso, Deion Cho.

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Image Complete Guitar Music
Guilio Tampalini, guitar

Barcelona-born Miguel Llobet was a renowned guitar virtuoso who once played for the Spanish royal family in the early 20th century. Credited with beginning the notion of a touring classical guitarist, Llobet travelled throughout Europe and beyond, briefly settling in both Paris and Buenos Aires. He later returned to Barcelona, unable to distance himself from his birthplace despite the grip of the civil war in which the city found itself.

This collection brings together Llobet's complete works for guitar, beginning with Leonesa and his popular arrangements of 13 Catalan folk songs. These arrangements, each of a varying character, wring a different emotion from the guitar, from the sprightly L'Hereu Riera and lilting El Noi de la Mare to the flourishes of Cançó de Lladre and the mournful El Testament d'Amelia. The Variations on a Theme of Sor, based on Fernando Sor's B minor study, contrast a haunting melody with complex articulation. Also featured on the disc are Llobet's 5 Preludes, the Argentinian Folk Songs, Etudes, the witty and bright Scherzo-Waltz, and the composer's debut composition Romance, among others.

Italian guitarist Giulio Tampalini studied at the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia and the G.F. Ghedini Conservatory in Cuneo, and has attended masterclasses all over the world with performers such as Tilman Hoppstock, Eliot Fisk and Dusan Bogdanovic. He has won awards at many international competitions and has performed with orchestras across Europe, America and Asia, including the Andalusian Symphony Orchestra, the European Soloists of Luxembourg, and Pittsburgh's Point Chamber Orchestra.

Recorded in 2012.

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Image 3CD-BOX: Novecento Guitar
Cristiano Porqueddu, guitar

This collection brings together guitar preludes by Asafiev and Ponce, and includes world premiere recordings of Badings's 12 Preludes, Sauget's 3 Preludes and Farkas's Exercitium Tonale. Despite their very different styles, these composers are all linked together by a single trait: none of them were guitarists.

Originally bemoaned by patron Andrés Segovia for their fiendish difficulty, Ponce's 24 Preludes begin the compilation. Cast in each of the major and minor keys, and arranged in a circle of fifths, they are followed by Asafiev's 12 Preludes -- which, written in a single day, were probably intended as a single piece. This is also true of Bading's ensuing 12 Preludes, as confirmed by the same harmonic progression with which the work begins and ends. From the use of contrasts that appear throughout the movements, as exemplified in the strong, primitive rhythms of 'Yaya', to the air of mystery and timelessness that pervades Sauguet's offering, the compilation continues its stylistic journey, ending with Farkas's Exercitium tonale of 1982 -- a work which hints at a composer unafraid to push the performer to their limits or to be unpredictable in his use of harmony and counterpoint.

Cristiano Porqueddu, described as 'a point of reference for the new generation of guitarists', graduated from the Lorenzo Perosi International Academy in Biella, Italy. With an extensive knowledge of the technique and interpretation of 19th- and 20th-century music, he has won numerous international awards and now sits on the jury of several major guitar competitions. This is Porqueddu's sixt recording for Brilliant Classics.

Recorded between October 2010 and March 2012.

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Image Guitar Concertos
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Image Guitar Vibes
Izhar Elias has produced several successful and imaginative albums for Brilliant Classics. None of them have confirmed to a ‘Spanish guitar’ stereotype but all have engaged in various original ways with the developing heritage of the instrument during the 19th century, from ‘Paisiello in Vienna’ (BC95301) to ‘Beethoven and the Guitar’ (BC94631) to Giuliani’s astonishing transcription of Rossini’s grand tragedy Semiramide (BC93902). His latest recording brings the classical guitar up to date with works by composers from four different countries; within them may be heard influences from classical music, avant-garde, Caribbean music, Spanish folklore, flamenco, Arabic music, blues, Argentinean tango and even trip-hop and heavy metal: provocative testament to the world’s most versatile instrument. The Guernica Suite by Pujol (b.1959) focuses on different aspects of Picasso’s painting in six movements, with a tentatively positive conclusion. The Triptych of Roberto Sierra (b.1953) evokes some nocturnal sounds from his native Puerto Rico, including the tropical tree frog as well as a night on the tiles. The three Danzas Concertantes pulse and glide with the rhythms of Leo Brouwer’s native Cuba, offset by some astringent harmonies that place the guitar’s usual role as purveyor of folkloristic colour under threat. Finally there is the Schattenspiel Suite by Florian Magnus Maier (b.1973), who also plays electric Moog guitar on this recording. Maier pursues a diverse career as a composer, guitarist and vocalist with bands including Alkaloid, Dark Fortress and Noneuclid; this tripartite suite inspired by shadows is his best-known work in the classical tradition, and for this recording he has made a new arrangement for two guitars and string quartet. There is something for everyone on this album: it’s essential listening for guitar-music enthusiasts who want to broaden their horizons. For this exciting new recording Dutch guitarist Izhar Elias selected 4 works for guitar and strings to show the versatility of his instrument. In these works by Brouwer, Pujol , Sierra and Maier influences can be traced from classical music, Avant-Garde, Caribbean music, Spanish folklore, Flamenco, Arabic music, tango, blues and even trip-hop and heavy metal: fascinating! Izhar Elias secured the collaboration of world-class musicians (composer Florian Magnus Maier plays the Moog electric guitar), each bringing a different musical background and an open mind. In the booklet text each composer comments on his own work, a better introduction is hardly possible.

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Image Scarlatti: vol. IX
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Image Complete Music for Guitar
Alfonso Baschiera, guitar
Federica Lotti, flute
Nicola Boscaro, cello

Henri Sauguet (1901-1989) was a favourite pupil of Erik Satie and Charles Koechlin. Later he became closely related to the famous Groupe des Six, the composers around Poulenc, Auric and Milhaud. His fame spread, and he was commissioned to write ballets for Diaghilev's Les Ballets Russes and Ida Rubinstein.

Sauguet's style is a reflection of the pluriform development of 20-th century music: impressionism, expressionism, Darmstadt School, all had their influence on him. His "native' language however is one of expressive lyricism, and that warmth of feeling shines through all his works.

This new recording presents Sauguet's complete output for guitar: small scale works written in cycles, miniatures of great beauty, originality and strong contrasting feelings.

A first recording with excellent performances by guitarist Alfonso Baschiera, who is joined by flutist Federica Lotti in the Six Pièces Faciles.

Booklet contains excellent liner notes in English and Italian, written by the artist.

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Image Beethoven and the Guitar
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Image Sonates Et Suites Pour Le Clavecin
The output of Jean Barrière (1707-1747) largely focuses around his own instrument, the cello, for which he wrote several books of suites and sonatas that have received sporadic attention on record. His work for harpsichord alone is much less well-known, though hardly less stylish. Like his contemporaries Jacques Duphly and Jean-Phillippe Rameau, Barrière entitled one of his pieces La Boucon for Anne-Jeanne Boucon, who later married Jean-Joseph de Mondonville: she must have been a woman of enviable poise and dignified beauty to judge from the music written in her honour. The first five of his six sonatas on this album are not French dance suites but transcriptions of Italian-inspired sonatas which he had originally composed for the smallest and highest instrument of the old family of viols, the pardessus de viole. The Italian influence can be traced in the bold and often unprepared dissonances which lend the sonatas both charm and unpredictable drama; the elaborate ornamentation, too, derives at least as much from the florid violin writing of Corelli and Geminiani as from the French harpsichord tradition. Bernard de Bury is a figure whose music was lost to history until very recently, when in 2009 the scholar-musician Ruta Bloomfield transcribed these pieces from obscure manuscripts and gave them their first performances in modern times. De Bury (1720-1785) was born into a musical family in Versailles, and there he stayed to serve the court. There are four suites, which in the style of Rameau and Couperin describe with wit and tender affection characters from ancient mythology and the composer’s own time, with melodies almost buried beneath cascades of exquisite decoration. In his dedication, de Bury states that he was fifteen years old when he wrote the suites, though such precocious youth could not be guessed from the music itself, which is far from immature. This coupling is unique on record; only one previous recording of de Bury’s work is presently available. This 2CD set present two French masters of the keyboard, sons of the French Enlightenment: Jean-Baptist Barrière (1707-1747) and Bernard de Bury (1720-1785). Both composers lived through an age in which the French culture absorbed many “foreign” elements, notably the Italian style of the Concerto-style (solo versus tutti), vocal Cantabile and instrumental brilliance. Luca Quintavalle played with many leading Early Music ensembles such as Concerto Köln and Les Talents Lyriques. He recorded for Sony, DGG, Hyperion and DHM. Scholarly written liner notes by the artist are included in the booklet.

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Image Galuppi: Complete Harpsichord Concertos
Excellently played by Roberto Loreggian and his group. Loreggian is universally praised for his great achievements for the Frescobaldi Edition.

Baldassare Galuppi was born on the Italian island of Burano in 1706, and died in Venice in 1785. His life was an extremely eventful and productive one for the son of a humble barber and violinist in the village band.

After his father gave him his first musical education, he composed his first opera at the age of 16, following this by taking up studies with Lotti. A steady flow of operas followed, and Goldoni became his regular librettist -- distinguishing his operas from a literary viewpoint as well as a musical one. He lived in London from 1741-3, and in St Petersburg from 1765-8. He later became Vice Chapel Master in St Marks, Venice in 1748 before becoming Chapel Master in 1762.

Apart from Galuppi's vast body of work for the opera house, he was also a prolific composer of concertos and chamber music. These CDs contain his entire harpsichord concertos, which are generally in the traditional fast--slow--fast pattern of the classical concerto. Cadenzas had started to become fashionable in the mid 18th century, and the soloist has taken the liberty of utilising cadenzas composed by Muzio Clementi for use in these recordings.

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Image Les Rois De Versailles
This release brings us to the magnificent court of Louis XIV, the Sun King, whose palace was a hotspot of the greatest artists of the time. Both composers De Visée and Pinel worked at the court, playing and composing for the lute, the fashionable instrument for the aristocracy.The repertoire consists of suites of different kind of dance forms: solemn allemandes, courtly sarabandes and spirited gigues alternate as entertainment for kings and courtiers.Lutenist Miguel Yisrael already recorded several CDs for Brilliant Classics, all of which met with great critical acclaim: 5 star reviews and a Diapason dOr.The booklet contains excellent and extensive liner notes, biography and information on the historical instruments used.

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Image El Otro Astor - Music For Guitar And Strings
Alessio Nebiolo, guitar
Nadio Marenco, accordeon
Alessandro Schillaci, double bass
Quartett Orfeo

Most albums of music by the undisputed master of Argentine tango, Astor Piazzolla are still issued at full price but following the success of 'Café 1930' (94896) with guitarist Andrea Dieci and violinist Piercarlo Sacco, Brilliant Classics presents some of the composer's best-loved ensemble works. The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires is a chic 20th-century counterpart to Vivaldi's cycle of violin concertos, and has been paired as such in performance and on record by Gidon Kremer among others, as Piazzolla's music has always been susceptible to sympathetic arrangement; here the cycle of four character pieces is performed in a version (created by the guitarist Giorgio Mirto, who has made many albums for Brilliant Classics) nearer to its origins as a piece for Piazzolla to play on bandoneon with his tango quartet.

The five Tango Sensations are heard in an arrangement adapted from one made by Manuel Barrueco, where the solo bandoneon part has been reassigned to the guitar, rather than the more common arrangements for chamber orchestra which arose after Piazzolla's death in 1990; the recording sessions with the Kronos Quartet were the last he attended, and the music itself may reflect a 'late' character of melancholy which is shared by the concerto he wrote in 1985 for bandoneon and guitar. Here the parts for string orchestra are played one to a part by the members of QuartettOrfeo, an exciting young string quartet based in Rome. The album is rounded off by an arrangement made especially for this recording of the Ave maria which has become such a signature tune for Piazzolla, and featured on many film soundtracks.

The album overall is a fine demonstration of Yo-Yo Ma's remarks about Piazzolla: 'His music is endlessly passionate, full of yearning and at the same time tremendously contemporary. There's a quote to the effect that Piazzolla is the Ellington of Argentina, and in a way it's true. The music grew in him and he adeptly incorporated the influence of his surroundings whether from New York, Paris or Buenos Aires.'

This fascinating disc contains lesser known music by Astor Piazzolla, in arrangements for guitar, (accordion) and string quartet, a formation with which Piazzolla himself performed many of his works.

The music, vintage Piazzolla, breathes the pulse of Buenos Aires, the bohemian atmosphere, the yearning, the joy, the passion and the ever present Tango melancholy. Included are The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, The Five Tango Sensations, the Concerto for Bandoneon, Guitar and Strings and the Ave Maria.

Performed by virtuoso guitarist Alessio Nebiolo (winner of numerous International guitar Competitions), the QuartettOrfeo, and Nadio Marenco, accordion.

Booklet contains excellent liner notes and artist biographies.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Novecento Guitar Sonatas
A fascinating survey of 20th century sonatas written for solo guitar.Another great and original project of guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu, a point of Reference for the new generation of guitarists, bringing together a wide range of guitar sonatas by Baev, Biberian, Cavallone, Manén, Migot, Gilardino, Rózsa and Porqueddu himself. A journey through wildly differing styles, from Impressionism to Expressionism, from the simple to the complex, from the folkloristic and descriptive to absolute music.A most compelling collection placing the guitar on absolute par with other classical instruments something to be treated seriously, wrote Musicweb about Porqueddus collection of Novecento Preludes (BC 9292), and that applies also to this new set of sonatas, an important collection for scholars, guitarists and music lovers alike.Liner notes written by Cristiano Porqueddu.

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Image Harpsichord Sonatas
Andrea Chezzi, harpsichord

Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785) was one of the most successful and famous composers of his time. A highly versatile composer, he covered basically every possible genre, from opera, sacred music, concertos to chamber and solo music. His greatest success was in opera: he was the "inventor" of the Opera Buffa, the comic opera so much in vogue in the 18th century. A commercial genius as well, he published his works all over Europe, making him a wealthy man.

Galuppi's works mark the transition from the Baroque to the Classical Era. The Sonatas Opus 1 are varied in style and content, ranging from one movement to four movements, from relatively simple keyboard writing to virtuoso passages reminiscent of the sonatas by his contemporary Domenico Scarlatti. The style is charming, melodious and brilliant, perfect examples of the emerging "Galant Style" of the late 18th century.

Harpsichordist Andrea Chezzi is an excellent Italian musician and scholar, highly specialised in his field. His thorough understanding of the style and historical background of the repertoire is enhanced by with his deep love for the music he is playing. He wrote the liner notes for the CD himself.

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Image Complete Music for Solo Guitar
Cristiano Poli Cappelli, guitar

The music of Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) is getting more and more attention lately, and rightly so, because here is a highly original yet accessible voice from 20-th century Poland, a highly prolific composer for both the student and the professional.

Tansman's style is influenced by Ravel (the colouristic effects), Scriabin (the extended harmonic language) and his deep love for Polish music and folklore.

This set contains his complete output for guitar solo, suites of Dance forms (often Polish), an Homage a Chopin, Inventions (an homage a Bach), Homage a Lech Walesa and many other exquisite miniatures full of melodic invention, surprising harmonies and a sincere expression of feeling.

Beautifully played by Italian guitarist Cristiano Poli Cappelli, who wrote the liner notes in English and Italian.

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Image Complete Keyboard Music
Laura Farabollini, harpsichord
Carlo Guandalino, organ

Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726) led an turbulent and adventurous life. A student of Alessandro Scarlatti and Pasquini he held important posts as organist and composer in Florence and Rome. However he went to Spain to join the Jesuit Society from where he was sent to South America, where he settled in Cordoba (Argentina) as missionary and composer.

Zipoli wrote in the Italian keyboard style as a worthy successor of Frescobaldi, Scarlatti and Pasquini. He wrote for both organ and harpsichord, and both instruments are included in this new recording of his complete output for the keyboard.

Played by Carlo Guandalino on a historical 1612 organ of Castelnuovo Scrivia, and by Laura Farabollini on a copy of a 17th century French Taskin harpsichord.

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Image Fitzwilliam Virginal Book Vol 2
Among the most prized exhibits of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, stands the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, the largest surviving anthology of Elizabethan and Jacobean keyboard music. Dating from a period during which theory and notation were undergoing radical change, the collection was probably compiled by Francis Tregian and falls just short of 300 compositions. These include a number by William Byrd, the foremost composer of the Elizabethan age.

Bringing together all of Byrd's works as featured in the anthology, this release contains many sets of variations -- including the infamous Walsingham MB8, which comprises no less than 22 embellished statements of the theme. The piece ranks among the most virtuosic of the composer's keyboard compositions, and appears alongside several instrumental dances such as the Pavan and Galliard. Often modal in flavour, these abound in rhythmic energy and continuity -- important features considering the static harmony and repetitive nature of the material. The Carman's Whistle also makes an appearance, a piece first popularised by Arthur Rubinstein during his historical recital programmes and which was later arranged by Percy Grainger.

A leading expert in the field of early music, Pieter-Jan Belder has recorded widely for Brilliant Classics over the years and returns once again to perform this illustrious programme of works. The release is an engaging follow-up to the first volume in the series, extending its instrumental range to include performances on a 1604 virginal by Ruckers as well as a chest organ, and comprises essential listening for keyboardists and early music aficionados alike.

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Image Complete Music for Solo Guitar
Andrea Dieci, guitar

Hans Werner Henze was one of the most important composers of the 2nd half of the 20th century, and certainly one of the most prolific. He often wrote for the guitar, exploring the evocative potential of the instrument so that it could express a wide range of different emotions and atmospheres.

This CD presents the two Sonatas on Shakespearean Characters, an important cycle portraying characters like Lady Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Ariel, finding a new dramatic expression in these personifications of timeless human values.

Italian guitarist Andrea Dieci, a winner of several international competitions, is called “A true star of the classical guitar” (Corriere della sera) and “an impressive guitarist” (New York Times Herald). He recorded for Brilliant Classics the complete works by Jappelli (BC9435) and guitar works by Piazzolla (BC 94896).

Excellent liner notes by a musicologist, in both English and Italian.

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Image Complete Harpsichord Music
Gaspard le Roux (c. 1660-c. 1707) is one of the most enigmatic composers of late 17th century France, as there is nothing known about him, except a mention on a tax paper roll and his legacy of his “Pieces de clavecin,” which are recorded here for the first time in completion. Le Roux might be roughly placed between D’Anglebert and Couperin. His preludes are written in the “non mesure” style, which means that the performer has to invent the rhythms himself, thus creating the required improvisational character of the music. The special, basic notation of the music also leaves open the choice of instrument: the suites may be played in both solo and duo formation, that is for one or two harpsichords. Both possibilities are presented on this recording. This release is another excellent recording by Dutch keyboard player Pieter Jan Belder (“stand-out exponent in this repertoire” Musicweb) and Siebe Henstra, playing two brand new, magnificent harpsichords from Pieter-Jan Belder’s collection, built by Titus Crijnen after Ruckers and Blanchet.

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Image Libro d'intavolatura di Lauto
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger was active in Italy during the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time when many questions were arising about the unity of speech and music. Kapsberger was known to influence Girolamo Frescobaldi and Domenico Mazzocchi, but during his lifetime reactions to the composer differed wildly among his contemporaries; he was simultaneously hailed as a genius and reproached for his supposedly lack-lustre compositions. This disc presents the First Book of Tablature of 1611 in its entirety, with the pieces showing the influence of the stylus phantasticus, as outlined by the famous theorist Athanisius Kircher, in which music was not bound by words and could instead take on its own free form.

Bulgarian Yavor Genov studied classical guitar at Sofia University, where he developed a keen interest in music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. He has performed in festivals and recitals throughout Europe and has recorded several pieces for Bulgarian National Radio. This disc marks Genov's first recording for Brilliant Classics.

Recorded in 2012.

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Image 22 Studies for Guitar
Andrea Pace, guitar

Mario Gangi (1923-2010) was one of the most important protagonists of the guitar in 20th century Italy. A performer of world rank he also did extensive scholarly work to promote the publication and performances of contemporary guitar works.

The 22 Studies by Gangi deal with every technical aspect of the guitar technique: scales, arpeggios, repeated notes, polyphony, melodic use of the thumb. But far from being dry exercises they reveal a warm musical personality, which imbued the 20th century influences of Jazz, Latin- America, and the European guitar tradition.

Played with consummate skill and feeling by master guitarist Andrea Pace, who already recorded successfully for Brilliant Classics works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (94833).

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Image Latin Latitudes
Luciano Tortorelli, guitar

"Latin Latitudes" is a musical journey between two latitudes, connected by latin musical roots. The composers originate from Spain and Italy, Latin and South America.

Astor Piazzolla, Argentina's most famous composer, was the grandson of Italian immigrants, and in his music the melancholy for an abandoned and lost country lends a sweetly poignant atmosphere.

The Waltz by Tárrega brings us back to 19-th century Vienna. Crossing the ocean again we meet Augustin Barrios, who brought European charm to Latin America. Leo Brouwer is Cuba's most famous guitar composer as is Heitor Villa-Lobos for Brazil.

Guitarist Luciano Tortorelli plays also a composition of his own: Dobrú noc Brno. Inspired by a traditional Czech Berceuse it is an homage to the famous Brno Guitar Festival.

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Image Nocturnes for Guitar
A highly original selection of guitar works in which the night is the inspiration: darkness, suspense and fright for the unknown, but also the mystery, the sense of the supernatural and the immaterial.

With its romantic and mystical connotations, 'night' has long been the inspiration behind many works of art. This release presents an alternative reading of its beguiling message, detailing a selection of little-known and contemporary compositions that have all been written for guitar.

The compilation contains expert performances by Giorgio Mirto and begins with his 3 Nocturnes -- the first of several Italian works featured on this disc. As well as revisiting the music of Máximo Diego Pujol, whose complete guitar duets are detailed in a former Brilliant Classics' release and whose exotic Nocturno brilliantly captures the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires, the collection also includes Valse crépusculaire -- written by Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa for the award-winning film Providence. Andrew York's spirited Into dark completes the survey, a work that perfectly encapsulates the American's predilection for mixing classical music with folk and rock elements.

Brimming with colour and expression, these miniature and highly varied evocations form a gem of a recording that is not to be passed up. The compilation is a worthy addition to the guitar enthusiast's library, with the instrument's subtle nuances perfectly capturing night's enigmatic nature.

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Image Six Recercatas, Fugas and Sonatas
Alejandro Casal, harpsichord

Sebastian de Albero (1722-1756) was a highly talented Spanish composer, who eventually attained a prestigious position at the Royal Court of Ferdinand VI in Madrid, alongside with Domenico Scarlatti and Carlos Seixas. With his early death at age 34 a brilliant career came to a sudden end.

Albero left only two manuscripts, one of which is completely recorded here: the 6 Recercatas, Fugues and Sonatas. This rather unusual set of musical forms which each belong to a different era Albero showed his complete mastery in all existing styles. The Recercatas are free, improvisatory preludes without barlines, in which the imagination of the performer / composer is given free reign. The Fugue is the Baroque form par excellence, and Albero wrote them in grand style of substantial proportions. The Sonatas are single movement pieces in binary form, much like Scarlatti's Sonatas, revelling in brilliant keyboard virtuosity.

Alejandro Casal, one of the finest Spanish cembalists of today, plays a magnificent instrument, built by Ugo Casiglia, after Antunes, measuring 2,5 meters long.

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Image Solo Guitar Music
Fernando Carulli, Italian guitarist and composer, has been left to dwell in obscurity when it comes to guitar music, eclipsed by the arrival of Fernando Sor not long after his death. Luckily for modern listeners, this oversight has been firmly put to rights by Nicola Jappelli and this new recording of Carullis works, a treasure trove of innovative and exciting guitar music. Italian by birth, Carulli moved to Paris to further his career and passion for the guitar as a valid solo instrument, at a time when it was still considered deeply unfashionable. As the founder of guitaromanie, he singlehandedly ensured its revival, enjoying considerable commercial success and not without reason. This recording gives life to some of Carullis most impressive works, showcasing his elegant style and innate sense of lyricism. His works feature many examples of glissandi, rapid ornamentation and quick arpeggio passages, illustrating the composers virtuosic characteristics. All of the works featured here have been recorded for the first time, allowing the listener to truly appreciate the skill and inventiveness Carulli has to offer.There is surely no one better than Italian guitarist Nicola Jappelli to lead the Carulli renaissance. As a soloist and composer, Jappelli is well known for his performances on period instruments, focusing in particular on the Golden Age of the guitar. His compositions regularly feature the guitar as a solo instrument, and they have met with widespread critical acclaim, now being part of concert programmes the world over. This recording is a testament to Jappellis longstanding commitment to undiscovered guitar music; his expert knowledge of Carullis works comes to the fore, and makes thisperformance one for all lovers of guitar music to treasure.

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Image Fantasias on Operas for Guitar
Roch Modrzejewski guitar

The 19th century was a significant time for both opera and the guitar. Opera was everywhere, and its characteristics gradually began to appear in other styles of music as composers tried to encapsulate the expressiveness and flexibility of the voice into their works. At the same time, the guitar underwent major changes in construction; this disc showcases pieces that combine these two major elements of 19thcentury music, all of which are played by Roch Modrzejewski - praised in Les Cahiers de la Guitare as an 'extraordinary, demanding, gifted and clever guitarist'.

The collection begins with Coste's light and lively interpretations of Bellini's Norma and Il pirata, followed by Legnani's Cavatina from Ernani by Verdi, a simple piece that makes full use of all facets of the guitar. Then come the variations on a theme of Rossini's Otello, by the immensely important guitarist Giuliani, who shows off his skill by combining simple, natural harmonisation and texture at the outset and a brilliant vitality and vigour in the final section. Bobrowicz was known to his contemporaries as the 'Chopin of the guitar', and his variations on Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi display a romantic nostalgia and a regal finale. Mertz explores all sound colours of the guitar in the beautiful Marino Faliero after Donizetti, and the collection ends with the Variations on an air from Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Regondi: a work full of innovative modulations and rich texture which transcended the boundaries of 19th-century guitar composition.

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Image Harpsichord Suites
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Image Complete Keyboard Music
The Ferrara-born Luzzasco Luzzaschi might not exactly be a household name, but his contribution to the development of the madrigal places him within that elite category of composers who helped shape the course of music history. The favourite musician of Duke Alfonso II, the last of the legitimate d'Este (the most intellectual and cultivated dynasty of Renaissance Italy) it was Luzzaschi who, in his role as the finest keyboard player of the period, cultivated the open score approach to performance. This was essentially a sort of motet of madrigal without words that focused on highly refined counterpoint and on the complexity of fugues i.e. four-voice writing, without recourse to embellishment or any added prettiness.

Only the second of the composer's three books of ricercari, as detailed in this recording, has survived - a regrettable fact, given that the 1578 manuscript is unrivalled in its complexity among keyboard music of the second half of the 16th century. The book also comprises the only known free-form composition by Luzzaschi, the melancholic Toccata del quarto tuono; also included on the recording are two counterpoints on the plainchants 'La Spagna' and Ave Maris stella, as well as the simple, unpretentious Canzona - Maestro Messori's keyboard arrangement of an ensemble piece published in the Raveri collection of Canzoni per sonare con ogni sorte di stromenti (1608) by various composers.

Indeed, Messori's interest in and understanding of this period of music history is confirmed by his critical open score edition used for the recording (shortly to be published by Ut Orpheus at the time of writing), as well as his assured performances. Using different Italian harpsichords to convey a sense of 'chamber music', in addition to the organ and spinet, he conjures up the refinement and splendour of the Ferrarese court with ease and grace, presenting a strong case for why this Renaissance composer - and former teacher of Frescobaldi, who further cultivated keyboard open-score notation - deserves to be better known.

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Image 36 Fantasies for Harpsichord
Andrea Coen, harpsichord

While Telemann is, today, considered among the very greatest of Baroque composers, he was one of the last of the period to be reappraised by later generations, and his music had to be 'rediscovered', just as that of J.S. Bach and Vivaldi was. Despite this, he enjoyed a great deal of fame during his lifetime, and his long career resulted in a vast output. He was, in fact, one of the most prolific composers of any age, and travelled widely, assimilating different styles into his own compositions. This allowed him to produce music of such individuality and quality, with a noticeable sense of ease, that it must have astonished his colleagues and patrons, as it does us today.

The 36 Fantasias for harpsichord were published in 1732/3, and are divided into three groups of 12 -- the second set is in the French style, while the outer sets are in the Italian style. Each fantasia closes with a da capo repeat of the first movement, expertly and sensitively embellished by harpsichordist Andrea Coen. These are energetic and energising works, at once intellectual and entertaining 'so that the player enjoys them, and you can take pleasure from that (because) variety revives the spirit' as Telemann commented.

Other information:
- Recording made in 2011

- Includes booklet notes in both English and Italian by Andrea Coen

- Andrea Coen knows the style inside out, as proven by his many recordings, among which the Complete Sonatas by Giustini (94021), which got rave reviews by the international press.

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Image Complete Music for Harpsichord
Yago Mahugo harpsichord

One of the lesser-known composers of the mid 18th-century, Turin-born Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer relocated to Paris, where he earned a reputation as a formidable harpsichordist. He was in the service of Louis XV for many years, and wrote many operas and ballets for the court at Versailles, later becoming administrator of the Concert Spirituel.

Royer's harpsichord works bear the hallmarks of his work in the musical theatre. In a preface to the Premier Livre de Pièces pour Clavecin, the composer states that the 'pieces are open to great variety, passing from the tender to the lively, from the simple to the tumultuous, often successively within the same piece'. They also show the impact of his work in the musical theatre, with several being arrangements of instrumental numbers from his operas. The lilting La Zaïde - with L'Aimable, La Sensible and Les Tendres Sentiments - is an example of a 'tender' piece, with the latter particularly notable thanks its rhythmic freedom. Several pieces can be described as 'tumultuous', in particular the relentlessly energetic and demanding La Marche des Scythes, and the changeable L'Incertaine lives up to its title, not conforming to a specific definition.

Yago Mahugo, prizewinner at the International Harpsichord Competition and at the Bruggen Competition (Belgium), leads an active concert life and has performed in many of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals throughout Europe and the USA.

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Image 30 Sonatas - Arrangements For Guitar
Domenico Cimarosa (1749-1801) was one of the most famous and successful Italian composers of the late 18th century. Renowned for his operas, of which one Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) was rivalled in popularity only by Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and is still in the repertoire today. Cimarosa was a fine composer, with a fluent melodic gift, and this is apparent in other areas of his output. He composed some 88 keyboard sonatas during the years he spent at the court of Catherine the Great in St Petersburg (1787-91), and were probably intended as study pieces for wealthy female students at court.

These short, 'Scarlatti-proportioned' sonatas reveal the melodic vein and rhythmic vitality that made Cimarosa's operas so popular. This music is not in any way influenced by Haydn's or Clementi's sonatas of the period. Cimarosa chose a simpler Neopolitan style of writing. This makes them ideally suited to the guitar as these transcription by Claudio Giuliani reveal.

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Image 5CD-BOX: Sonaten fur Kenner und Liebhaber
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Image The Brazilian Guitar
Brazilian guitar music of the 20th and 21st century is typical of Brazilian music, the amalgamation of various European influences with Afro-Brazilian rhythms and harmonies. The boundaries between art music and popular music are always flowing. This CD of Brazilian guitarist Flavio Apro introduces a selection of original compositions and arrangements for guitar by Brazilian composers of the 20th and 21st centuries as João Pernambuco, Alberto Nepomuceno, Ernesto Nazareth, Garoto, Leo Brouwer, Egberto Gismonti and others. A good mix of folklore, sensuality, vitality and creativity, beyond all clichés.

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Image Guitar Music
Angelo Marchese, guitar

Dusan Bogdanovic, born in 1955 in former Yugoslavia, is one of the foremost guitar composers and guitarists of today. A pupil of Alberto Ginastera and winner of the prestigious Geneva Competition he successfully toured the world's continents as performer and composer.

Bogdanovic's style may be described as a fusion of classical, jazz and ethnic, a unique and personal style of strong expression and feelings.

Guitarist Angelo Marchese is "an profound performer of supreme technical mastery" (Guitart magazine). His recording of Gilardino's guitar concerto for Brilliant Classics (94747) was widely praised in the press.

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