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Castelnuovo-tedesco: Complete Music For Two Guitars Vol 1 / Brasil Guitar Duo


Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570778   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao LuizDouglas Lora
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you’re into the guitar, then you’ll lap up every minute.

"Born in Florence, Castelnuovo-Tedesco studied with Pizzetti and was helped in his early career by Alfredo Casella. He met Segovia in 1932 and this inspired him to write his 1st Guitar Concerto, subsequently he wrote nearly 100 works for the instrument. He left Italy in 1939, just before the outbreak of war, and found himself, through the good offices of Jascha Heifetz, for whom he had written his 2nd Violin Concerto in 1931, in Hollywood with a contract from Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer where, over the next fifteen years he wrote over 200 scores. He was also an influential teacher and among his pupils are Jerry Goldsmith, Louis Ballard and John Williams.
Read more Castelnuovo-Tedesco is probably best remembered today for his guitar music, especially that 1st Concerto, which has received many recordings, the solo guitar music and a handful of Shakespeare overtures.

The Sonatina Canonica is a pleasant miniature, which fills the time. It’s delightful but without depth. But what else would you want from such a piece? After a short time you don’t really notice that you’re listening to canonic writing, and the mind can simply enjoy the interplay between the instruments.

Les Guitares Bien Tempérées is a much more serious work, by which I mean that it is not light in the way that the Sonatina is light. These pieces are not primarily for entertainment, but there is much music here which is truly enjoyable. I would never have thought that it was possible to get so much variety from two guitars. Castelnuovo-Tedesco fills his pieces with every emotion imaginable, from pathos to, almost, belly laugh (is that an emotion?) There are light and breezy pieces, serious inventions, dance type pieces - very holiday advertisement time - and all this wide variety of invention adds up to a very satisfying and pleasurable whole."

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatina canonica for 2 Guitars, Op. 196 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
2.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 1, Prelude and Fugue in G minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
3.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 2, Prelude and Fugue in D major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
4.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 3, Prelude and Fugue in A minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
5.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 4, Prelude and Fugue in E major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
6.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 5, Prelude and Fugue in B minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
7.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 6, Prelude and Fugue in F sharp major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
8.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 7, Prelude and Fugue in C minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
9.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 8, Prelude and Fugue in A flat major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
10.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 9, Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
11.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 10, Prelude and Fugue in B flat major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
12.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 11, Prelude and Fugue in F minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
13.
Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 12, Prelude and Fugue in C major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Joao Luiz (Guitar), Douglas Lora (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo

Sound Samples

Sonatina canonica, Op. 196: I. Mosso, grazioso e leggero
Sonatina canonica, Op. 196: II. Tempo di Siciliane
Sonatina canonica, Op. 196: III. Fandango en Rondeau
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 1 in G minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 1 in G minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 2 in D major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 2 in D major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 3 in A minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 3 in A minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 4 in E major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 4 in E major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 5 in B minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 5 in B minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 6 in F sharp major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 6 in F sharp major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 7 in C sharp minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 7 in C sharp minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 8 in A flat major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 8 in A flat major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 9 in E flat minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 9 in E flat minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 10 in B flat major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 10 in B flat major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 11 in F minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 11 in F minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 12 in C major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 12 in C major

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent February 22, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Those who enjoy the classical guitar will surely savor the work of the excellent Brazil Guitar Duo on this high quality disk of works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Part of a 2-disk set of works for 2 guitars, Vol. 1 contains the Sonatina Canonica, a short and lively piece of 3 sections, as well as the first 12 preludes and fugues from the composer's The Well-Tempered Guitars (Op. 199). These 24 sections are short, generally running from 1-3 minutes, and are written in various keys, rhythms, tempos, and moods. The entire set can be characterized as lyrical, melodious musical statements. Castelnuovo-Tedesco's music makes for delightful listening, either as exquisite background music or for serious, dedicated study. Naxos' sonic qualities are superb throughout, ensuring that the recording holds interest for the entire recital. Great stuff, and I strongly recommend this disk, as well as its companion recording (Naxos 8.570779)." Report Abuse
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