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A Guitar for Segovia / Somoza


Release Date: 07/14/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 2195487  
Composer:  Alonso de MudarraSantiago de MurciaMaurice OhanaMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,   ... 
Performer:  Javier Somoza
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are two themes to this recording: the time-honored genre of the folia, and an instrument made for and played by the greatest guitarist of the 20th century, Andres Segovia. With his determination to expand the repertoire of guitar music and extend the instrument beyond its associations with his native Spain, Segovia commissioned three works played here by Javier Somoza: the Variations à travers les siècles by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Variaciones y Fuga sobre la Folia de España by Ponce and a set of Four Short Pieces by Frank Martin. Segovia eventually decided that Martin’s idiom was too dissonant for his taste and so never played them, but the pieces have since become classics of the mid-20th-century repertoire Read more alongside works by Britten and Henze. As their titles suggest, however, the other two works have a conscious relationship with the history of the guitar and its repertoire, developed from the lute and vihuela of previous centuries. Ponce only partially fulfilled Segovia’s request for ‘a series of brilliant variations on the Folias de España theme […] in the Classical Italian style of the 18th century.’ What resulted was a monumental, thoroughly eclectic work definitely not in 18th-century style. Segovia, again, decided to adapt the piece for his own ends but Somoza has returned to the original. Meanwhile Castelnuovo-Tedesco, in his first work for the guitar, also consciously embraced eclecticism in a series of different idioms: a stylized chaconne reminiscent of early music; a free variation, a waltz, and a foxtrot. There is one more modern work on the album – the dazzling Tiento by Maurice Ohana that also looks back to 18th-century Spanish idiom – which functions as a pivot between the ages. Two examples of the folia theme-and-variation form by Santiago de Murcia date from roughly 1730; and to open, Somoza travels back in time to the tientos of 16th-century Spain with three brief works by Alonso Mudarra. ‘A Guitar for Segovia’ is both an absorbing journey through the history of guitar music and an important record of a Segovia instrument: a significant addition to the expansive library of guitar music on Brilliant Classics. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Pavana by Alonso de Mudarra
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1546; Spain 
2.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Tiento by Alonso de Mudarra
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
3.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Ludovico by Alonso de Mudarra
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1546; Seville, Spain 
4.
Saldivar Codex no 4: Folias italianas by Santiago de Murcia
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; Spain 
5.
Saldivar Codex no 4: Folias espańolas by Santiago de Murcia
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; Spain 
6.
Tiento by Maurice Ohana
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; France 
7.
Variazioni attraverso i secoli, Op. 71 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Italy 
8.
Pičces brčves (4) for Guitar by Frank Martin
Performer:  Javier Somoza (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Switzerland 

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