WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for KDFC!

Cinema Verismo / Mak Grgic


Release Date: 03/18/2014 
Label:  Marquis   Catalog #: 81447   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizPietro MascagniEnnio MorriconeVangelis,   ... 
Performer:  Mak Grgic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

All of the guitar transcriptions on this disc are based on classical, semi-classical, and Broadway musical selections that appear in movies, along with a few actual pieces of film music. That explains the collection’s title “Cinema Verismo”. Otherwise, why else would one place Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” (featured in the film Rainbow) between Nino Rota’s “Waltz” from The Godfather and Vangelis’ title theme from Chariots of Fire? Or go from David Russell’s lovely Bach “Air on the G String” arrangement (heard in Se7en) into Morricone’s “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”? If this seems like nothing more than some random crossover mélange, rest assured that the 14 tracks add up to a well-contrasted and satisfying hour-long recital. Read more More importantly, Mak Grgic’s abundant yet tasteful guitar virtuosity leaves a powerful impression.

In Chariots of Fire he maintains a steady, almost staccato running bass line against slow moving legato chords that give the impression of more than one instrument at work. The accompanimental clusters in Granados’ Spanish Dance No. 5 provide an urgent commentary alongside the curvaceous main tune. Some listeners may find the guitarist’s highlighting or accenting certain voices at the expense of others somewhat contrived in the Bach First Cello Suite Prelude based on Christopher Parkening’s arrangement, yet Grgic clearly knows what he wants to do. On the other hand, Grgic brings understated eloquence to a simple and effective arrangement of Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story.

Aside from Grgic’s own talent for nuance and multi-hued voicings, the coloristic variety also is due to his use of different instruments throughout the recital, and the excellent booklet notes discuss these various models of guitars in great detail. While many guitar recordings place the instrument at close range in an effort to embrace the listener, producer Peter Robels opts for a more distant concert-hall perspective. The CD cover art resembles a lowbrow movie advertisement that may well bolster CD sales, yet to my mind cheapens Grgic’s genuine artistry.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Asturias, prélude espagnol for piano by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
4.
Chariots of fire: Theme by Vangelis
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
5.
Cantata BWV 208: Sheep may safely graze, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 02/23/1713; Germany 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
The Godfather Waltz by Nino Rota
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
7.
Volver: Volverino by Alberto Iglesias
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
West Side Story: Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
Spanish Dances (12): Danza Española No. 5 by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1888-1890; Spain 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Adagio in C minor for strings & organ (previously attributed to Tomaso Albinoni) by Remo Giazotto
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
12.
The Deer Hunter: Cavatina by Stanley Myers
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo), film score by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Mak Grgic (Guitar)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1966 
Venue:  Guitar Salon International 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In