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Giuliani: Guitar Concertos No 1-3 / Catemario, Et Al


Release Date: 05/30/2006 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47810   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mauro Giuliani, the most prominent guitar virtuoso in early 19th-century Vienna, a frequent musical collaborator of Hummel and Moscheles and cellist in the premiere of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, was also possibly the first to write a guitar concerto – a project until then considered foolhardy given the modest dynamic range of the instrument. But this release, featuring Giuliani’s three extant guitar concertos together with a selection of chamber works, shows just how successful he was.

The two-CD set contains the well known Concerto No 1 together with No 2 (both for guitar and string orchestra – although the Second exists in another version for guitar accompanied by strings and winds) and Concerto No 3 for guitar and full
Read more orchestra. Also included are the Gran quintetto for guitar and strings and the Variations for guitar and string quartet. Edoardo Catemario plays an 1825 ‘Pons l’aîné’ (Joseph Pons), which is apparently identical to Giuliani’s own guitar; the Third Concerto and the Variations specify a ‘terzina’ guitar (tuned a minor third higher than is usual, thereby gaining a brighter tone and increased projection). The Vienna Academy, too, perform on period instruments.

Catemario proves more than a match for Giuliani’s technical hurdles: the brilliant passagework and legato phrasing in the slower sections are seamlessly integrated into the orchestral texture, while the orchestra seem to relish the challenge of passing through the eye of a needle, so to speak – it’s as though there’s a heightened sensitivity for dynamic contrast and internal balance, the result of having so subtle a focus.

Beethoven’s writings reveal that he thought highly enough of Giuliani to attend some of his many concerts; anyone who considers the guitar incapable of sophisticated utterance in the realm of Viennese Classicism may think rather differently after hearing these beautiful new recordings.

-- William Yeoman, Gramophone [2/2006]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Guitar no 1 in A major, Op. 30 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 30 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 
2.
Concerto for Guitar no 2 in A major, Op. 36 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 
3.
Concerto for Guitar no 3 in F major, Op. 70 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Period: Romantic 
Length: 26 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 
4.
Quintet for Guitar and Strings, Op. 65 "Gran Quintetto" by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 
5.
Variations on "Deh, calma, o ciel" from Rossini's "Otello" for Guitar, Op. 101 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 
6.
Introduction and Variations for Guitar on a theme of Generali, Op. 102 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 
7.
Introduction and Variations for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 103 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  Edoardo Catemario (Guitar)
Conductor:  Martin Haselböck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Academy
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: 12/2003 

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