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Barrios: Guitar Music Vol 3 - Caazapá, Etc / Mcfadden


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557807   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The history of classical instrumentalists abounds in eccentric and colourful characters. Among classical guitarist no more apt example of the latter could be found than Agustín Pio Barrios.

During a particular period of his career Barrios advertised himself as ‘The Paganini of the guitar from the forests of Paraguay’. For the first part of his concerts he donned Indian headdress and regalia. The second part was played in traditional European evening wear. Highlighting his partly Indian ancestry, Barrios added to his own name that of ‘Mangoré’, a legendary Guarani chief. However, according to an acquaintance, by 1936, both the headdress and ‘Mangoré’ had been abandoned.

Like many great
Read more instrumentalist-composers, after his death his compositions fell into obscurity. He rarely played a piece of music the same way twice, and was not fastidious in committing his work to paper. Both these factors contributed to his later obscurity. He was the first guitarist to make recordings from 1909 and these left a legacy of information from which a later generation of aficionados could, in part, effect a renaissance of Barrios’s music.

Despite his prodigious output a survey of printed music catalogues from four decades ago would reveal only a handful of original Barrios compositions. Similarly recordings of original compositions be Barrios were relatively rare.

One of the very first guitarists to embrace Barrios the composer in the recording studio was the great Spanish master Jose Luis Gonzalez (1932-1998). During an Australian teaching/concertising tenure from 1962 to 1966, Gonzalez recorded Preludio and Danza Paraguaya (CBS BR 235068) and the Medallon Antiguo (BR 235157). Laurindo Almeida’s recording Sueno (Capitol T 2345), from the same era, included Waltz Op. 8 No. 4. Interestingly, although a contemporary, Segovia appears to have ignored the works of Barrios including them in neither his concerts nor his discography. Despite having been personally given a manuscript of La Catedral by Barrios, Segovia avoided any potential endorsement of a competitor and never played this beautiful composition in public.

It was not until the 1970s that a real renaissance of Barrios’s music occurred and entire recordings of his works appeared by guitarists such as John Williams. Original recordings by Barrios provided a valuable source from which to access his original compositions and has contributed to making them available in printed form for classical guitarists at large.

Barrios spent much of his early career playing in cinemas, cafes, theatres and private functions. To achieve his objective of pleasing the audience, he composed many original works based on the folk music and dances of his native country. These include the maxixe, milonga, pericon, polka, cueca and zamba. He also composed a valuable corpus of studies for guitar. These are often musically beguiling and always technically challenging. Both categories of composition are represented on this review disc which is McFadden’s third Naxos-Barrios CD. What are not represented are the arrangements and transcriptions he made of music by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Donizetti, Mendelssohn and others.

Having first heard Medallon Antiguo (3) some time ago, a new awareness of the context in which it was composed heightened my appreciation of the review version. Medallon Antiguo (Old Medallion) was apparently a piece of jewellery worn by an opera singer from Buenos Aires with whom Barrios had fallen in love. Its first three notes are said to come from a Pergolesi song that she sang.

The playing on the review disc is probably best described as impeccable, and technically inspiring. Medallon Antiguo (3) is executed with a warmth and passion of which Barrios would have approved, given his inspiration for the composition. The studies (5, 6, 7, 9) reflect not only technical mastery, but also an insight into how the composer mastered the balance between technical development and musical content. A fine instrument by R. de Miranda, Milan, Italy augments McFadden’s warm and full tone.

Over the past two decades McFadden has established himself as the leading Canadian guitarist of his generation. His list of achievements is long including a silver medal in the 1992 Guitar Foundation of America Competition. He has the distinction of being the first to record in the current Naxos Laureate Series. This debut recording, released worldwide, has sold tens of thousands of copies.

Having listened to countless different guitarist play the music of Barrios and Antonio Lauro, Alirio Diaz remains the standard of reference for these composers. This music is often technically demanding but Diaz appears to have a grasp of intrinsic cultural components of the music, which often escape even the most technically deft performer. One should not exclude outstanding renditions by other South American guitarists but Diaz remains supreme in music from the pen of these composers.

That said the current offering by Jeffrey McFadden is strong motivation to seek out his earlier two Barrios volumes which if anything akin to the review disc are guaranteed to please.

-- Zane Turner, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Perez Freire by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
2.
Medallon antiguo by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
3.
Estudio no 4 "Arabescos" by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
4.
Vals Estudio for Guitar no 1 by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
5.
Estudio in A major by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
6.
Estudio inconcluso by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
7.
Tango for Guitar no 2 by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
8.
Capricho Español by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
9.
Suite Andina: Luz Mala by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
10.
Estilo uruguayo by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
11.
Suite Andina: Danza Guarani by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 134 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
12.
Tarantella for Guitar by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeffrey McFadden.
St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
13.
Escala y Preludio for Guitar by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
14.
Caazapá by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1925; Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jeffrey McFadden.
St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
15.
Vals Tropical by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
16.
Pais de Abanico by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
17.
Fabiniana by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
18.
Waltzes (6) for Guitar, Op. 8: no 2, Tua imagem by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
19.
Leyenda de Espana by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
20.
Allegro sinfonico by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Paraguay 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 
21.
Minuet for Guitar in A major by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1924; Argentina 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (02/02/2006 - 02/05/2006) 

Sound Samples

Caazapa - Aire Popular Paraguayo
Don Perez Freire
Medallon Antiguo
Vals Tropical
Arabescos, "Estudio No. 4"
Escala y Preludio
Estudio Vals
Estudio in A
Estudio Inconcluso: Estudio inconcluso
Pais de Abanico
Fabiniana
Tango No. 2
Tua Imagem - Vals: Tua imagem - Vals
Leyenda de Espana
Capricho Espanol
Alegro Sinfonico
Luz Mala
Minuet in A major: Minuet en la
Estilo Uraguayo: Estilo Uruguayo
Danza Guarani
Tarantella

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