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Ponce: Complete Works For Guitar Vol 1 / Antonio Lopez


Release Date: 02/03/1998 
Label:  Soundset   Catalog #: 1006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Right from the start, the warmly engineered sound and strong tone of Antonio López invites the listener. In his hands, Ponce's music is once again alive and kicking. A pleasure to listen to this fine Mexican guitarist. This disc should appeal to all.

-- Afshar, American Record Guide [May/June 1998]

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Acknowledged as a major composer of guitar music Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948) it was nevertheless not high on the priorities of many guitarists to undertake recordings of his complete works, indeed Julian Bream never recorded any, although during the 1960's Bream did include 'The Folia de España' in his concert programmes. It was Ponce's
Read more collaboration with Andre Segovia during the 1920's, 30's and 40's that yielded the fine number of works in order to reinforce the maestro's repertoire of (for then) contemporary music for the guitar. But now with this, the first of five discs covering Ponce's complete guitar works, and another set already underway by Naxos, and yet another available from Guitar Masters Records played by Gérard Abiton, recording of Ponce's music seems to be enjoying something of a revival.

Although influenced by his country's popular music tradition, pieces like 'Cuatros Cancione Populares' and 'Sonata Mexicana' bear Manuel Ponce's unmistakable musical stamp, due to his individual harmonic sense.

Ponce also delighted in writing a number of works mimicking composers of the past, Bach (the 'Weiss Suite'), Schubert ('Sonata Romantica'), and Fernando Sor ('The Sonata Clasica'), included on this disc, which although in the style of the great Catalan guitar composer is still undeniably Ponce.

Guitarist Antonio López certainly demonstrates his ability in his interpretations of his fellow Mexican's compositions; the sonority of his tone used with subtle variation suit the music of Ponce perfectly (listen to 'Thème Varié et Final') getting the best out of it, even though there is rarely, if ever, in Ponce's works the type of show piece enabling the soloist to display dazzling feats of virtuosity, as there is, for instance, in the works of Barrios. The virtuosity is embedded within the music itself. Antonio López obviously knows this and is more than adequate for the task.

-- Andy Daly, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata mexicana by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Mexico 
2.
Prelude for Guitar in B minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Mexico 
3.
Theme, Variations and Finale for Guitar by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
4.
Sonata for Guitar no 3 by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Paris, France 
5.
Sonata clasica "Hommage à Fernando Sor" by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Paris, France 
6.
Canciones (3) populares mexicanas by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
7.
Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Antonio Lopez (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 

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