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Adagio / Austin Moorhead

Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Soundset   Catalog #: 1029   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergio` AssadSérgio AssadDenis MortagneDavid Mallamud,   ... 
Performer:  Austin Moorhead
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 55 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"As debuts go, this one's right up there with the some the best playing you'll ever likely to listen to... Immediately, we we struck by Austin's superb technical facility and musicianship... excellent clarity and musicality by the performer... [A] quality release by any standard and one which will undoubtedly whet the appetite of listeners for future recordings... Bravo!"
-- Classical Guitar News (UK)

This debut CD by one of North America’s finest young guitarists is a collection of mostly new guitar works, beginning with Sergio Assad’s fiery and virtuosic Fantasia Carioca, composed in 1994 as a “celebration of the city of Rio de Janeiro.” The contemplative and nostalgic Jeff Buckley Requiem (2007), by
Read more French guitarist-composer Denis Mortagne, was written in memory of the New York underground musical icon who died tragically in 1997. In sharp contrast, Spatula (2000) is a lighthearted pastiche with seemingly disparate elements of Spanish guitar music, bluegrass, and a Cuban habanera, “scrambled” together by New York composer David Mallamud. Adagio, K. 540, a work originally for piano (and the only non-contemporary piece on this recording), was beautifully transcribed for guitar by Benjamin Verdery. Written in Italy in 1984, the first of Nuccio D’Angelo’s Due Canzoni Lidie explores unusual sonorities with the Lydian mode and also uses space as a compositional element. The concluding work, Robert Beaser’s Shenandoah (1995), is based on the traditional American folksong by the same name. Fragments of the original melody are heard throughout the piece within rich harmonies and a variety of guitar effects, yet full quotations of the melody occur only three times.
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Works on This Recording

Fantasia Carioca by Sérgio Assad
Performer:  Austin Moorhead (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Brazil 
Jeff Buckley Requiem by Denis Mortagne
Performer:  Austin Moorhead (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Spatula by David Mallamud
Performer:  Austin Moorhead (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Adagio for Piano in B minor, K 540 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Austin Moorhead (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Canzoni (2) lidie by Nuccio D'Angelo
Performer:  Austin Moorhead (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Italy 
Shenandoah by Robert Beaser
Performer:  Austin Moorhead (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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