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Guitar Collection - Coste: Guitar Works Vol 4 / Mcfadden


Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554354   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Naxos arrives at the fourth installment in its complete cycle of Napoléon Coste's guitar music. The influential 19th century French guitarist and composer wrote in an early Romantic style touched by sophisticated textures, idiomatic assurance, and formal symmetry. You might say that his music sounds like what Carl Maria von Weber might have written had he been a guitar specialist. In any event, Costé's 25 Etudes Op. 38 mask their didactic aims by way of sheer musical delight. It's fantastic guitar writing, packed with enough double-note patterns, glistening scale passages, ingenuous polyphonic effects, and sly harmonic twists to entice listeners and keep guitarists honest. Jeffrey McFadden not only is an
Read more extraordinary guitarist--he's also an inspired musician. Hear, for instance, how he breathes life into the second etude's flowing patterns, or his impeccable timing of all the cadenza-type passages throughout the etudes. What variety of touch, dynamic inflection, and color McFadden brings to the slower selections! Bass lines simply soar, and the bell-like sound he gets from the higher strings and remarkable registral independence makes us wonder if McFadden is actually playing a piano disguised as a guitar! Informative annotations, gorgeous engineering, and, well, you already know the rest. No question, this is one of the loveliest discs in Naxos' burgeoning guitar collection. Buy it.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Études de genre (25) for Guitar, Op. 38 by Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1873; France 
2.
Introduction and Allegretto by Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1851; France 
3.
Prelude for Guitar no 11 in G major by Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1851; France 
4.
Andante for Guitar no 14 in D major by Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1851; France 
5.
Prelude for Guitar no 12 in G major by Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1851; France 
6.
Etude for Guitar no 13 in G minor by Napoléon Coste
Performer:  Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1851; France 

Sound Samples

Introduction and Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 1 in A minor: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 2 in C major: Scherzando
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 3 in D minor: Prelude
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 4 in D major: Andantino
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 5 in E major: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 6 in A major: Andantino
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 7 in A minor: Agitato
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 8 in E minor: Scherzando
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 9 in G major: Andantino
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 10 in D major: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 11 in G major
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 12 in C major: Prelude
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 13 in C major: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 14 in A major: Andante
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 15 in D major: Moderato
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 16 in G minor: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 17 in C major: Moderato
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 18 in A minor: Allegro
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 19 in A major: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 20 in D major: Allegretto
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 21 in G major
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 22 in A minor: Tarantelle
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 23 in A major: Moderato
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 24 in D minor: Andantino
25 Etudes, Op. 38: No. 25 in B flat major: Cantabile
Reverie Nocturne
Etudes from Complete Method for Guitar by Sor: Preludio (No. 11)
Etudes from Complete Method for Guitar by Sor: Andante (No. 14)
Etudes from Complete Method for Guitar by Sor: Preludio (No. 12)
Etudes from Complete Method for Guitar by Sor: Estudio (No. 13)

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