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20/21 - Rara / Leo Brouwer


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471589   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Cornelius CardewLeo BrouwerHans Werner HenzeSylvano Bussotti,   ... 
Performer:  Leo Brouwer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

I feel confident in my assumption that Leo Brouwer is one of the most respected personalities on the classic guitar scene today. His exciting, original compositions have embellished the instrument’s modern repertoire significantly and his efforts to promote the guitar’s status are exemplary. Sadly his own playing career was cut short by a hand injury, but there remain a number of his recordings in the catalogue.

Deutsche Grammophon have now reissued this recording - first available during the 1970s on vinyl. The playing illustrates perfectly Leo Brouwer’s highly developed guitar technique and skills of interpretation. He plays not only of his own works, but mainly those of other composers that presumably Brouwer held in high
Read more esteem; certainly high enough to record their work. This in itself is possibly an insight into the influences that he himself draws upon.

All the composers included here were born during the first half of the 20th century. The names of Hans Werner Henze and Maurice Ohana may be familiar to the more enthusiastic guitar aficionados, but most are relatively unknown.

It must be said that in no-way is this disc easy listening. The music may only appeal to the advocates of atonality or serialism or what is generally regarded as the avant-garde. But I still feel it is an important document in the times of this exceptional man, Leo Brouwer

Thankfully within the inlay notes there is some concise explanation about not all the works and composers but at least a few. These help the uninitiated along regarding the musical language. Given the complexity of the music this is essential.

-- Andy Daly, MusicWeb International [10/2002]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Material by Cornelius Cardew
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  Michaelsheim, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This piece is an arrangement of an earlier composition called "Third Orchestral Piece." 
2.
La espiral eterna by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
3.
Memorias de "El Cimarrón" by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  Michaelsheim, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Rara by Sylvano Bussotti
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1967; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Si le jour paraît, Plahn by Maurice Ohana
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Serenata for Guitar by Girolamo Arrigo
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Codex I by Cristobal Halffter
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Contrapunto especial III by Juan Blanco
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
Exaedros I by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  Michaelsheim, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
10.
Prelude for Guitar by Josep Mestres Quadreny
Performer:  Leo Brouwer (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 04/1972 
Venue:  UFA-Ton-Studio, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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