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Carulli, Molino: Guitar Concertos; Mozart / Romero, Brown, Et Al


Release Date: 06/01/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426263   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ferdinando CarulliWolfgang Amadeus MozartFrancesco Molino
Performer:  Pepe Romero
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the early nineteenth century, when the virtuoso guitar concerto was born, Italy and Spain produced their share of outstanding musicians who were, like British inventions, more likely to prosper outside their homeland: Sor and Aguado left Spain, Carulli and Molino departed from Italy; all four converged on Paris where, no doubt with much exaggeration, the rivalry of the supporters of the last two was depicted in a cartoon. Molino has derived negligible posthumous benefit from recording or concert performance, nor has Carulli done much better, the spotlight resting doggedly on some of their contemporaries.

Whether it was Giuliani (who decamped from Italy to Vienna and finally fled in the opposite direction) or Carulli who
Read more wrote the first virtuosic guitar concerto, we do not know, but whereas all three of the former's have been recorded, only Carulli's Op. 8a has been thus honoured—for, it must be said, its historical rather than its musical significance. That his Concerto in E minor has been passed over in its favour says more for the follow-my-leader programming habits of guitarists than anything else, for it is a much superior work—as is also Molino's in the same key. Pepe Romero is to be congratulated for bringing to light some of the fatter fish in this small pond. The smallness of the pond is illustrated by the inclusion of two arrangements of violin/orchestra works by Mozart; they are of course far less difficult for the guitarist than are the concertos, but their musical superiority is inversely proportional. Romero's fine tone and cultured delivery almost succeed in concealing the fact that the guitar does not have the violin's sustaining power.

The ASMF's alert performances suggest that they enjoyed working with a guitarist whose technical proficiency is second to none, and who—as here—is as capable of elegance as he is of pyrotechnical display.

-- John Duarte, The Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Guitar in A major, Op. 140 "Petit Concerto de Société" by Ferdinando Carulli
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1820; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  London 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major, K 261 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1776 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  London 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Pepe Romero 
3. Concerto for Guitar in E minor, Op. 56 by Francesco Molino
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  London 
Length: 24 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4. Rondo for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in C major, K 373 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1781 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  London 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Pepe Romero 
5. Concerto for Guitar in A major, Op. 8a by Ferdinando Carulli
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1809; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  London 
Length: 16 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Guitar Concerto in E minor, Op.140 "Petit Concerto de Société": 1. Allegro
Guitar Concerto in E minor, Op.140 "Petit Concerto de Société": 2. Largo
Guitar Concerto in E minor, Op.140 "Petit Concerto de Société": 3. Allegro
Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K.261 - Arr. for Guitar and Orchestra by Pepe Romero
Guitar Concerto in E minor, Op.56: 1. Allegro maestoso
Guitar Concerto in E minor, Op.56: 2. Tema con due variationi (Maestoso molto)
Guitar Concerto in E minor, Op.56: 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K.373 - Arr. for Guitar and Orchestra by Pepe Romero
Guitar Concerto in A, Op.8a: 1. Allegro
Guitar Concerto in A, Op.8a: 2. Polonaise

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Know what formats your Player can read. July 6, 2014 By Robert T. (McMinnville, OR) See All My Reviews "Purchased this CD through Amazon. This licensed recording by Phillips to Archive is listed as an 'On Demand' disc, Meaning it is burnt from a master when an order is placed. The disc codec is a CD-R format. Not all players will read CD-R. In My case I could play it by my desktop computer only. Well the sound was good quality but I wanted to play it on more than on my computer. Archive was very accommodating and finally credited my purchase" Report Abuse
 thrilling June 10, 2014 By Joe A. (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "I'm not particularly articulate when it comes to translating particular music and performances of particular music into words. Anyway . . . I had never heard of Carulli and I was thrilled by his music, especially the diminished 6th chords(?, I think they are diminished sixths in any event.) So ominous and foreboding -- though not really scary, just highly dramatic. As for Pepe Romero -- unbelievable. Has the man made a pact with the devil, his immortal soul in exchange for an unique combination of virtuosity and passion? Seriously, what a guy. As for Molino and Mozart, well, you know, unfailing genius." Report Abuse
 Pepe Romero - guitar Carulli guitar concerto in A September 26, 2013 By Isabel W. See All My Reviews "Excellent recording. I ordered it for my son's birthday and he told me he enjoyed it very much. I think the Arkiv Music company from whom I ordered this recording is a good Classical Music Company to do business with." Report Abuse
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