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Legnani: Guitar Works / Fantoni


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573728  
Composer:  Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Luigi Legnani was one of the great guitar virtuosos of the 19th century, a friend of Paganini and noted as a performer throughout Europe. Legnani’s substantial legacy of works for his instrument has remained largely neglected, but here we can experience the ‘delicacy and marvelous mastery’ of the Terremoto con variazioni (‘Earthquake with variations’), the expansive melodies of the Gran Ricercario o Studio, and the quasi-orchestral textures and brilliant pyrotechnics of the Gran Capriccio. This world premiere recording provides an essential rediscovery of Legnani’s works for guitar, and confirms his status as one of the finest guitar composers of his generation. Luigi Legnani was one of the great guitar virtuosos of the 19th century, a friend of Paganini and noted as a performer throughout Europe. Legnani’s substantial legacy of works for his instrument has remained largely neglected, but here we can experience the ‘delicacy and marvelous mastery’ of the Terremoto con variazioni (‘Earthquake with variations’), the expansive melodies of the Gran Ricercario o Studio, and the quasi-orchestral textures and brilliant pyrotechnics of the Gran Capriccio. This world premiere recording provides an essential rediscovery of Legnani’s works for guitar, and confirms his status as one of the finest guitar composers of his generation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Terremoto con variazioni for Guitar, Op. 1 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
2.
Gran Ricercario o Studio, Op. 3 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3.
Tema con variazioni sul terzetto Pria che l'impegno (Weigl), Op. 4 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
4.
Gran Capriccio for Guitar, Op. 6 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
5.
Scherzo ossia quattro variazioni, Op. 10 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
6.
Rondeau pour la guitarre, Op. 11 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
7.
Gran Variazioni sopra un motivo tirolese, Op. 12 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
8.
Gran Variazioni sul duetto Nel cor più non mi sento nell'opera La molinara (Paisiello), Op. 16 by Luigi Legnani
Performer:  Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Fantoni review July 31, 2018 By M. Mallard (Decatur, IL) See All My Reviews "I purchased this cd because I wanted to hear some different pieces by Legnani. It is obvious that Mr. Fantoni has considerable technical skills, chief among them speed. However at what expense? His playing is very aggressive and seems lacking in subtle nuance and expressive phrasing. While his pyrotechnics are impressive at times his tone tends to be very bright. I was left wanting to hear this pieces performed by someone else." Report Abuse
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