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Gnattali: 4 Concertinos for Guitar & Orchestra / Salcito


Release Date: 07/21/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95491  
Composer:  Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Marco SalcitoSilvia Colageo
Conductor:  Marcello Bufalini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Radames Gnattali, son of Italian immigrants, is one of the most popular and famous composers of his native Brazil, where he is mentioned in the same breath as Villa-Lobos. His music is the perfect fusion of the high and the low, of formally structured classical music and the vibrant multi-colored folk culture of Brazil. The 4 Concertinos for guitar and orchestra are medium-sized, 3-movement works, highly entertaining and brimming with good tunes, groovy rhythms and brilliant instrumentation: a real discovery! Played with infectious enthusiams by guitarist Marco Salcito and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese conducted by Marcello Bufalini. Radames Gnattali, son of Italian immigrants, is one of the most popular and famous composers of his native Brazil, where he is mentioned in the same breath as Villa-Lobos. His music is the perfect fusion of the high and the low, of formally structured classical music and the vibrant multi-colored folk culture of Brazil. The 4 Concertinos for guitar and orchestra are medium-sized, 3-movement works, highly entertaining and brimming with good tunes, groovy rhythms and brilliant instrumentation: a real discovery! Played with infectious enthusiams by guitarist Marco Salcito and the Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese conducted by Marcello Bufalini. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertino for Guitar No. 1 by Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Marco Salcito (Guitar)
Conductor:  Marcello Bufalini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Brazil 
2.
Concertino for Guitar No. 2 by Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Marco Salcito (Guitar)
Conductor:  Marcello Bufalini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Brazil 
3.
Concertino for Guitar No. 3 "Concerto de Copacabana" by Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Marco Salcito (Guitar), Silvia Colageo (Flute)
Conductor:  Marcello Bufalini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Brazil 
4.
Concerto for Guitar No. 4 "Concerto a Brasileira" by Radamés Gnattali
Performer:  Marco Salcito (Guitar)
Conductor:  Marcello Bufalini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Abruzzese Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Brazil 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Tuneful, easy music for guitar and orchestra July 29, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Radames Gnattali (1906-1988) is such an interesting composer. Nearly 20 years younger than Villa-Lobos, his career in music has much in common with his older compatriot. Both were interested in music at a very early age; both played guitar in popular music ensembles and in silent movie houses; and a melding of popular and classical music became a keynote of their music. However, it's not Villa-Lobos but George Gershwin who Gnattali most reminds me of. Gershwin was only seven years older than the Brazilian, though Gnattali lived a full fifty years longer than the unfortunate George. American jazz was the third x in Gnattali's y along with erudite and Brazilian popular music, while Villa-Lobos had no time for that particular brand of music. These light and tuneful Concertinos for guitar and orchestra include samba and choros rhythms and bits of popular songs, but as the fine liner notes by Emiliano Giannetti explain, this music ... reveals the impact of jazz in the way it includes pentatonic scales, a particular layering of sound, and marked alternation of orchestra and soloist in the form of short, serried passages in dialogue. The balance between solo instrument and orchestra is always problematic when it comes to the guitar. Villa-Lobos thinned out his usually full-bodied orchestra for his concerto, which ended up as the Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra. Even then guitarists struggle to be heard; there's an oft-told story about Segovia's wife urging Villa-Lobos on the podium during rehearsals to quieten down the players. Gnattali also scores transparently and keeps things tuneful and easy. Concertino is the right designation for this kind of music. Of course it's easier to deal with balance issues in the recording studio, and the sound engineers have found the perfect place for Marco Salcito's guitar with respect to the orchestra. It's remarkable that these works aren't better known; this disc includes a premiere on CD (#1) and a world recording premiere (#2). Salcito acquits himself well, and with the strong support of conductor Marcello Bufalini and the Sinfonica Abruzzese provides us with a convincing Exhibit A in deciding whether Gnattali's four works deserve a place with the other masterworks for guitar and orchestra in the classic Spanish style, by Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Rodrigo and Castelnuevo-Tedesco. I'll need to ponder this question for a while!" Report Abuse
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