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El Diablo Suelto - Guitar Music Of Venezuela / Williams

Williams,John
Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 90451  
Composer:  Ignacio "Indio" FigueredoBenito CanonicoAntonio CarilloAntonio Lauro,   ... 
Performer:  John WilliamsAlfonso Montes
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The evolution of guitar-playing and guitar music in Venezuela as a "serious" art form is basically a 20th century phenomenon spurred on by the teaching of Raúl Borges (represented here by his vivacious Vals Venezolano) and particularly by his two pupils, guitarist Alirio Díaz and Antonio Lauro. Fittingly, the latter's work features prominently in this exceptionally well chosen and well played collection that includes the Scarlattian Seis por derecho, the lovely Romanza, and the delightful Angostura, among other works.

All of these pieces show the influence of Venezuelan folksong and dance, an intoxicating mixture of European forms such as the waltz and fandango
Read more married to native Indian and African rhythms and melodies. You won't hear much Strauss, for example, in the Venezuelan version of the waltz, which is much faster and more rhythmically intricate, and while most of these pieces are quite short and simple, what they lack in formal complexity they make up for in sheer energy and rhythmic gusto.

Several of these little gems, including the title work El Diablo suelto by Heraclio Fernández, Pedro Elías Gutiérrez's Alma Llanera, and Lauro's Nelly and El Marabino, call for the accompaniment of a second, small guitar (cuatro), here admirably played by Alfonso Montes; but in all of the remaining 22 tracks John Williams offers exceptional solo playing that is both rhythmically charged and lyrically impulsive. The concluding piece, Alfonso Montes' Preludio de Adíos, one of the few slow and reflective numbers here, has a particularly wistful charm that Williams captures perfectly.

There are mountains of guitar recordings on today's market, many of which feature music by Venezuelan composers (Lauro in particular), and even Alirio Díaz himself made several discs for Vanguard that were reissued on CD several years ago that may at some point return to the catalog, but it would be difficult to imagine a finer tribute to a remarkable and appealing musical tradition than this one. Sony's engineers offer extremely close-up, realistic sound that puts the players right in front of you--but happily Williams can withstand the scrutiny, and there's virtually no distracting squeaking of fingers across the frets such as mars so many guitar recitals. In a word: brilliant. [9/13/2003]
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Los Cuajaritos by Ignacio "Indio" Figueredo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
2.
Totumo de Guarenas by Benito Canonico
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
3.
Como Llora una Estrella by Antonio Carillo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
Seis por Derecho by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venezuela 
5.
No me olvides by Ovelio Riera
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
6.
Las Perdices by Pedro Lopez
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
7.
Alma Llanera by Pedro Elias Gutierrez
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Alfonso Montes (Cuatro)
8.
Salve by Vicente Emilio Sojo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
9.
Venezuelan Pieces (5) for Guitar by Vicente Emilio Sojo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
Quirpa guatirena by Vicente Emilio Sojo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
11.
Angostura by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
12.
El Diablo Suelto by Heráclio Fernandez
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Alfonso Montes (Cuatro)
Written: Venezuela 
13.
Virgilio by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Pasaje aragüeño by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Written: Venezuela 
15.
Que no te quiera mas by Vicente Emilio Sojo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
16.
Romanza by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
17.
Priva Resuello by Ignacio "Indio" Figueredo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
18.
María Carolina by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venezuela 
19.
Vals venezolano by Raul Borges
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venezuela 
20.
Nelly by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Alfonso Montes (Cuatro)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Venezuela 
21.
El marabino (The Half-Caste) by Antonio Lauro
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar), Alfonso Montes (Cuatro)
Written: circa 1940-1986 
22.
Preludio de adios by Alfonso Montes
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)

Sound Samples

Los Caujaritos
El Totumo de Guarenas
Como Llora una Estrella
Seis por Derecho
No me olvides
Las Perdices
Alma Llanera
Salve
Cántico
Cantemos, cantemos (Aguinaldo)
Si de noche ves qui brillan (Canción)
Malhaya la cocina (Aire Venezolano)
Ave María ¡ Que muchacho! (Galeron)
Quirpa Guatireña
Angostura
El Diablo Suelto
Virgilio
Pasaje Aragueño
Que no te quiera más
Romanza
Priva Resuello
María Carolina
Vals Venezolano
Nelly
El Marabino
Preludio del Adiós

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