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Agustin Barrios International Guitar Competition Vol 2 - Emanuele Buono

Brouwer / Buono,Emanuele
Release Date: 07/30/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9445   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Emanuele Buono
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leo Brouwer had a promising career as a virtuoso guitarist ahead of him -- until an injury to his left hand stopped him from progressing any further. The Cuban then turned his attention to conducting and teaching, both of which would become crucial aspects of his life. Indeed, it was for the purposes of teaching that Brouwer wrote the studies that we find on this disc, although they have proved to be much more than rudimentary training tools.

The first group of studies (published in 1971) showcases a vibrant creativity, with each concentrating on a particular, and sometimes neglected, area of guitar performance. This is also true of the Nuevos studios sencillos (2003), although the skills demonstrated are motivated by the
Read more characteristics of the music of different composers -- so that the composer's personal style is essentially the basis of the study, such as the arpeggios of Claude Debussy and the tremolos of Francisco Tárrega. Each of the pensive and tense Preludios epigramáticos (1981) is based on a poem by Miguel Hernández, who was executed in prison during Franco's regime.

Turin-born Emanuele Buono is an internationally acclaimed performer. Among the many prestigious awards that he has received are the gold medal at the Parkening International Competition (2009), the 'Golden guitar' at the XIII Convegno Internazionale in Alessandria (2008) and first prize at the Concorso Internazionale Agustín Barrios in Nuoro (2012).

Other information:
- Recorded 22--30 December 2012, ME.TO. Recording Studio di Ermanno Brignolo, Asti, Italy.
- Emanuele Bouno performs on a guitar by Lucio Antonio Carbone. - After the success of the 1st-prize-winner-CD of the First Barrios Guitar Competition (Elise Neumann, BC 9287), this second issue, by the 2012 winner Emanuele Buono, establishes the extremely high level of this competition. Buono recorded a CD with Studies and Preludes by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, one of the best-known and appealing guitar-composers of the 20-th century, a fine mix of the intellectual modernist language and Latin-American colours and spices.
- Emanuele Buono already won several international guitar competitions, and this CD will pave the way for a successful solo career.
- CD includes liner notes and biography. Read less

Works on This Recording

Preludios epigrammaticos (6) for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Emanuele Buono (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Cuba 
Nuevos estudios sencillos (10) for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Emanuele Buono (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001 
Estudios sencillos (20) for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Emanuele Buono (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 

Customer Reviews

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 Buono Meets Brouwer August 24, 2013 By Oscar O. Veterano See All My Reviews "“Brouwer – Estudios Sencillos – Preludios Epigramaticos” Emanuele Buono Brilliant Classics Talented young guitarist Emanuele Buono has recorded a collection of studies and brief preludes by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Mr. Brouwer’s music is often lyrical and always surprising, with many melodic twists and unexpected harmonies. If there’s any complaint to be made, it would be with the brevity of some of the pieces, a few of which are so short as to feel more like notions than fully realized themes. While this approach can be effective in the studies written in homage to composers as varied as Sor and Stravinsky, it can leave the listener hanging; just when the melody gets interesting, the piece is over. As with a few of Paganini’s “Ghiribizzi”, one keeps hoping for an occasional repeat sign, though, given the difficulty of Mr. Brouwer’s music, it is unlikely that the average guitar student would agree. Mr. Buono’s guitar playing is anything but average. Flawless technique is to be expected from the winner of so many international guitar competitions; the surprise with Mr. Buono is in the depth and maturity of his musical understanding, which brings an emotional coherence and sense of unity to this collection of diverse technical studies. Mr. Brouwer’s music gets less exposure here in the US than it deserves, for reasons both aesthetic and political. With luck, this recording by Emanuele Buono will go some way toward rectifying that. Highly recommended for guitar students, this recording should also come in useful for singer/songwriters seeking new melodic ideas and chord structures to “ borrow”. Recommended 81/2 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano" Report Abuse
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