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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: 24 Caprichos De Goya / Zoran Dukic

Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572252-53   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Zoran Dukic
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The booklet accompanying this release reproduces each of the Goya etchings that inspired the 24 individual pieces within Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's solo-guitar suite, 24 Caprichos de Goya. To my eyes and ears Goya's stylized grotesquerie and twisted expressive palette has little in common with Castelnuovo-Tedesco's gentle, conservative, and masterfully idiomatic guitar writing. To be sure, there are inspired moments, such as No. 17's dissonant rapid repeated notes and drum-roll imitations, or No. 22's harmonically sophisticated cascading arpeggios, but don't expect an epic, six-stringed equivalent to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Had the composer bagged his Goya subtext and simply titled this suite "Guitar Moods", he Read more would have been right on the money. In any event, Zoran Dukic's sense of color and textural variety, his seamless technique, and his lyrical disposition serve this music beautifully, as does Naxos' warm, spacious engineering.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Caprichos (24) de Goya for Guitar, Op. 195 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Zoran Dukic (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 

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