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Novecento Guitar Preludes / Cristiano Porqueddu

Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9292   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Boris AsafievManuel PonceHenk BadingsHenri Sauguet,   ... 
Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection brings together guitar preludes by Asafiev and Ponce, and includes world premiere recordings of Badings's 12 Preludes, Sauget's 3 Preludes and Farkas's Exercitium Tonale. Despite their very different styles, these composers are all linked together by a single trait: none of them were guitarists.

Originally bemoaned by patron Andrés Segovia for their fiendish difficulty, Ponce's 24 Preludes begin the compilation. Cast in each of the major and minor keys, and arranged in a circle of fifths, they are followed by Asafiev's 12 Preludes -- which, written in a single day, were probably intended as a single piece. This is also true of Bading's ensuing 12 Preludes, as confirmed by the same harmonic progression
Read more with which the work begins and ends. From the use of contrasts that appear throughout the movements, as exemplified in the strong, primitive rhythms of 'Yaya', to the air of mystery and timelessness that pervades Sauguet's offering, the compilation continues its stylistic journey, ending with Farkas's Exercitium tonale of 1982 -- a work which hints at a composer unafraid to push the performer to their limits or to be unpredictable in his use of harmony and counterpoint.

Cristiano Porqueddu, described as 'a point of reference for the new generation of guitarists', graduated from the Lorenzo Perosi International Academy in Biella, Italy. With an extensive knowledge of the technique and interpretation of 19th- and 20th-century music, he has won numerous international awards and now sits on the jury of several major guitar competitions. This is Porqueddu's sixt recording for Brilliant Classics.

Other information:
- A fascinating survey of 20-th century Preludes for guitar solo, recorded between 11-2010 and 3-2012, Chisea della Solitudine, Nuoro, Italy, including world premiere recordings.
- Guitars: Livio Lorenzatti (2009), Giuseppe Guagliardo (2005). - The prelude, originally an introduction to a more complex form (for instance a fugue), started living its own independent life with J.S. Bach, and developed in the 19-th century into a relatively short (roughly between half and five minutes) character piece in free form. Famous examples are the preludes of Chopin.
- Cristiano Porqueddu is one of the world's best and most adventurous guitarists, his previous recordings for Brilliant Classics of Barrios (BC 9204), Gilardino (BC 8886) and Sor (BC 9205) having won high praise from the international press.
- Includes booklet notes on each of the pieces. Read less

Works on This Recording

Preludes (12) for Guitar by Boris Asafiev
Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USSR 
Preludes (24) for Guitar by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Mexico 
Preludes (12) for Guitar by Henk Badings
Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Netherlands 
Preludes (3) for Guitar by Henri Sauguet
Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Preludes (24) for Guitar "Exercitium tonale" by Ferenc Farkas
Performer:  Cristiano Porqueddu (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Hungary 

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