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Laureate Series, Guitar - Nirse González


Release Date: 08/28/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570446   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio JoséManuel PonceJohann Sebastian BachFrancisco Tarrega,   ... 
Performer:  Nirse González
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finely played throughout.

Naxos runs a Laureate Series under which rubric we find this guitar entrant. Its protagonist is the young Nirse González, first prizewinner at the 2006 Tárraga International Guitar Competition, held in Benicásim. The programme runs from the expected Ponce, transcribed Bach and Tárraga himself to some splendid vignette pieces written by Joaquin Clerch and a big 1933 sonata by the tragically short-lived Antonio José.

José was born in 1902 in Burgos, the city in which he died in 1936, executed by a Falangist firing squad. A friend of Dali he was also friends with Lorca, who of course shared his melancholy fate. The sonata was rediscovered in
Read more the late 1980s and from Graham Wade’s sleeve notes it appears that only one movement was performed at its incomplete premiere in November 1934, one given by Regino Sáinz de la Maza. The sonata is in four movements. There’s considerable metrical freedom in the opening Allegro moderato as it moves from reflective intimacy to more obviously virtuosic runs. There’s some especially fine control of dynamics from González and equally fine an array of tone colours. The Minuetto has a songful, rather contemporary sound, slightly jazz-inflected, lightly syncopated. The slow movement is a slow Pavane (Pavana triste), lucid, warm and redolent of harp balladry and the finale moves from quizzical moments to all-out flamenco drive. That a sonata this exciting and ear catching should have disappeared for so long has clearly been a considerable loss.

Inspired by, and dedicated to, Segovia Ponce’s Thème varié et finale is by now mainstream guitar repertoire. The molto più lent section is indeed a highpoint in any performance, and is so here. The songfulness and harmonic interest seldom flag and Ponce cannily avoids the trap of easy lyricism. The variations are arresting in terms of timbre, rhythm and colours to be evoked – Ponce relying on a full panoply of Segovian technique. The challenges are well met by González.

Doubtless it was Segovia who inspired the younger guitarist to try his hand at the inevitable Bach transcription; here it’s the A minor solo violin sonata. His articulation in the Fuga is impressive, and dynamics are well shaded. And he brings real warmth to the Andante without allowing the line to sag or cloy in any way. Joaquin Clerch dedicated Estudio de acordes to González and it’s the most technically demanding of the three pieces by the composer presented here. One of the guitarist’s strongest virtues is his capacity to generate warm sonorities in his playing, something he does in Clerch’s En Volos. As an envoi we have two characteristic pieces by Tárraga of which Adelita is a charming Mazurka.

The Naxos engineering team – Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver – have had considerable experience in presenting their guitarists in recital for Naxos and Kraft invariably secures a warm and well-balanced sound, as here. Finely played throughout the José is the centrepiece of the recital.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Guitar by Antonio José
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Spain 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
2.
Theme, Variations and Finale for Guitar by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 21 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nirse González.
St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
4.
Mazurkas (4) for Guitar: no 1 in G minor, Adelita by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
5.
Mazurkas (4) for Guitar: no 2 in G major by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
6.
En Volos by Joaquin Clerch
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
7.
Estudio de acordes by Joaquin Clerch
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 
8.
Estudio de ligados by Joaquin Clerch
Performer:  Nirse González (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, O 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ont., Canada (01/25/2007 - 01/28/2007) 

Sound Samples

Guitar Sonata: I. Allegro moderato
Guitar Sonata: II. Minuetto
Guitar Sonata: III. Pavana triste
Guitar Sonata: IV. Final
Tema variado y final: (Theme Varie et Finale)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (arr. N. Gonzalez for guitar): I. Grave
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (arr. N. Gonzalez for guitar): II. Fuga
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (arr. N. Gonzalez for guitar): III. Andante
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (arr. N. Gonzalez for guitar): IV. Allegro
En Volos
Estudio de acordes
Estudio de ligados
Adelita: Mazurka
Mazurka in G major

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