Whatever stylistic and temperamental differences distinguish the six composers featured in Edoardo Catemario's recital of 20th century guitar music, the compositions are all easily accessible and skillfully crafted to exploit the guitar's potential. Catemario brings out all of the Rodrigo Sonata's supple wit and linear elegance, albeit without the rhythmic alacrity of Scott Tennant's flashier performance on the Gha label. Similarly, Catemario's lyrical approach to the Castelnuovo-Tedesco suite is no less valid than Segovia's subjective extroversion (he doesn't project the Allegro vivo finale's closing pages so fervently as the master).
Alexander Tansman's five-movement Cavatina finds Catemario at the top of his form.Read more He plays the Preludio faster and more fluidly than Martha Masters on Naxos, and similarly keeps the Sarabande's basic pulse from slackening at cadence points. In the Ponce Sonatina, I'm torn between Catemario's innate response to the Fiesta movement's galvanizing swing and the juicier sonics of Jason Vieaux's equally splendid recording (his projected cycle for Azica encompassing Ponce's complete guitar music bears watching). Fortunately for Catemario, his poised performances of the lovely Martin and Casares works seem to have no current recorded competition. By the same token, one hopes his performances will inspire other guitarists to follow suit. A most attractive disc all around.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Sonata a la españolaby Joaquin Rodrigo Performer:
Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1969; Spain