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Danza Española / Friedmann Wuttke

Release Date: 07/19/2005 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 4024   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Enrique GranadosIsaac AlbenizFernando SorMaximo Diego Pujol,   ... 
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Friedemann Wuttke is a German virtuoso who loves playing Spanish and Latin American music on his guitar. His playing exhibits a wide range of color, well-judged dynamics, and finely shaped melodic lines. He begins this program with the most popular of the Spanish Dances by Enrique Granados, and follows with a longer, also highly popular work, the Asturias of Isaac Albéniz. From these pioneers of modern Spanish classical music he drops back to the era of classical-romantic guitar virtuosos with two substantial works by Fernando Sor. The program takes a more adventurous turn with the 20-minute Sonata written for Wuttke by another German, Ulrich Wedlich (b. 1954), who has also immersed himself in Spanish guitar music. A few mild Read more dissonances testify to the work’s being more up-to-date than its predecessors, and its lovely Adagio suggests the benign influence of Joaquín Rodrigo. Next comes the shortest work on the disc at two minutes, the Maxixe-choro by the Brazilian João Pernambuco. Profil’s notes inform us that the maxixe is a popular dance from which the samba evolved. The recital’s finale is an effective piece by the contemporary Argentine composer, Maximo Diego Pujol (b. 1957), Preludio tristón. As the title suggests, its mood is sad, or at least serious and thoughtful in its opening and concluding sections. That sort of thing must appeal to Wuttke, because Wedlich’s sonata also begins and ends slowly and quietly; in its case, however, there are lively sections in the first movement, and most of the finale is a vigorous toccata.

The most substantial works on the disc—those by Sor and Wuttke—were recorded in 1995 and perhaps released on another label at that time. All the other selections were recorded in 2004. The passage of time affects neither the playing or the sound, both of which are uniformly excellent on the present disc. This disc is highly recommended for guitar buffs and fans of Spanish and Latin American classical music.

Robert McColley, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Notes: This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Asturias" (Op 47,
no 5) nine years after the composer's death. 
Variations for Guitar on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute", Op. 9 by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; London, England 
Preludios (5) for Guitar: no 2, Preludio Tristón by Maximo Diego Pujol
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1979; Argentina 
Sonata for Guitar in D major, Op. 14 "Grand Solo" by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; London, England 
Sonata for Guitar "Hommage à Leo Brouwer" by Ulrich Wedlich
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Maxixe Choro by Joao Pernambuco
Performer:  Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 

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