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
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
Works on This Recording
Maxixe Choro by Joao Pernambuco
Friedemann Wuttke (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
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