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Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Complete Music For Two Guitars Vol 2 / Brasil Guitar Duo


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570779   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas LoraJoao Luiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO The Well-Tempered Guitars: Preludes and Fugues Nos. 13–24. Fuga elegiaca Brasil Gtr Duo NAXOS 8.570779 (54:16)


This 2009 album, together with their earlier “Complete Music for Two Guitars 1” marks the Brasil Guitar Duo’s complete collection of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s (1895–1968) works for two guitars. Coming toward the end of his fertile composing career (1967) and just before his death, these Read more are his most mature works and mark a landmark in the genre. Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s preludes and fugues for two guitars have defined the genre for the past 40 years, and they may define it for years to come, they’re that good. If you love classical guitar, this album is a “must have.” If you are new to this form of chamber music, it is merely a near “must have.” It was a welcome surprise for me.


The first work in this collection is Fuga elegiaca , or simply a “Melancholy Fugue,” or a complex “Fugue Lamenting Lost Youth.” It was written to commemorate the loss of guitarist Ida Presti, who died a still-youthful 43-year-old in 1967. It is deceptively simple and never gets too overwrought with death and grieving. It is paradoxical in the way it feels upbeat and celebratory, as many modern funeral services are said to celebrate the life of the recently departed. The Prelude starts with what might be seen as an arrival in heaven of a worthy soul. The Fugue seems, at first, to examine Presti’s personality in a major key, but then shifts to minor mode to emphasize her passing. In this way, the elegiac Prelude and Fugue is subtly successful. It is a complex miniature of high order, packing a lot into 4:36.


The rest of this album is unabashedly successful. An obvious hômage to J. S. Bach in many ways (the way it progresses in fifths around the circle of keys, for one; the use of counterpoint, for another), it is not a slavish repetition of The Well-Tempered Clavier . To demonstrate that it is not, nor will ever be, it begins with an academic sounding Prelude and Fugue No. 13 (tracks 3 and 4) that sounds a bit like Bach in its use of counterpoint. But in tracks 5 and 6, the composer develops a prelude and fugue on “I’ve Got Plenty of Nothin’” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess . These four tracks set the tone and structure for the rest of the collection: classically modern. By looking backward and forward in time, this collection stakes for its playing field the whole of classical music from 1967 backwards, or nearly 250 years. This is done with good will, great taste, and superb musicianship.


This album is very worthwhile as the background for silent meditation, alone in the night, with a good headphone rig. It might also serve as a conversation starter as the background music for a dinner party. Sound is excellent, as Naxos engineers have a trail-blazing way of presenting chamber music; and performance is beyond super with each phrase expressed with much forethought. I am prompted to say something about welcoming the next super-stars of the guitar, but I won’t. It wouldn’t be the Oblomovian thing to do. I’ll just say, most highly recommended.


FANFARE: Ilya Oblomov
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Works on This Recording

1. Fuga elegiaca for 2 Guitars, Op. 210a by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 24, Prelude and Fugue in C minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
3. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 23, Prelude and Fugue in F major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
4. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 22, Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
5. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 21, Prelude and Fugue in E flat major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
6. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 20, Prelude and Fugue in G flat minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
7. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 17, Prelude and Fugue in B major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
8. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 16, Prelude and Fugue in E minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
9. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 15, Prelude and Fugue in A major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
10. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 14, Prelude and Fugue in D minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
11. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 13, Prelude and Fugue in G major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
12. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 18, Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo
13. Well-tempered Guitar, Op. 199: no 19, Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Douglas Lora (Guitar), Joao Luiz (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brasil Guitar Duo

Sound Samples

Fuga elegiaca: Preludio: Agitato e tremante
Fuga elegiaca: Fuga: Moderato e mesto
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 13 in G major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 13 in G major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 14 in D minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 14 in D minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 15 in A major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 15 in A major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 16 in E minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 16 in E minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 17 in B major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 17 in B major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 18 in F sharp minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 18 in F sharp minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 19 in C sharp major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 19 in C sharp major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 20 in G sharp minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 20 in G sharp minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 21 in E flat major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 21 in E flat major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 22 in B flat minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 22 in B flat minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 23 in F major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 23 in F major
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Prelude No. 24 in C minor
Les guitares bien temperees (The Well-Tempered Guitars): Preludes and Fugues, Op. 199: Fugue No. 24 in C minor

Customer Reviews

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 Outstanding Recording February 22, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "I am in complete agreement with Arkivmusic's professional reviewer (Ilya Oblomov) concerning the excellence of this disk. Vol. 2 of a 2-disk set featuring the works for 2 guitars by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco contains the brilliant Fuga elegiac and the last 12 preludes and fugues from the composer's The Well Tempered Guitars. As I indicated in my comments on Vol. 1 (Naxos 8.570778), this material is ideal for several types of occasions- serious, concentrated listening or merely as great background music. Either way, you can't go wrong with the superb playing of the Brazil Guitar Duo. Naxos has again given us a technically outstanding recording, and I highly recommend it, along with Vol. 1. Happy listening!" Report Abuse
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