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Cecilio Perera: First Prize 2011 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition

Perera / Ponce / Brouwer / Oliva / Sojo
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573025   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel PonceLeo BrouwerJulio César OlivaVicente Emilio Sojo
Performer:  Cecilio Perera
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another day dawns and another guitar competition prizewinner emerges. Will there be room for them all in the upper echelons of the musical world? I doubt it, but the young Mexican, Cecilio Perera—winner of the 2011 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition—has already created a career as performer and teacher, presently holding the post of professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. The disc opens with a breathless account of Ponce’s Preludio and he seems to enjoy presenting himself with considerable demands in terms of agility, the Gigue taken at a tempo a long way from the intended dance. I would have equally liked a little more of the ‘moderato’ indication in the opening Allegro of the Ponce’s First Sonata. Yet present him with the Read more extreme difficulties of Leo Brouwer’s Sonata, and musically he seems to relax, the many ‘effects’ the work calls for created in the most varied musical colours. It is a piece already well represented in the Naxos catalogue, but this is the performance I would want, the unhurried central Saraband de Scriabin quite magical. More comfortable tempos continue in the world premiere recording of Julio Cesar Oliva’s Tangomania. Though composed in 2011, and taking its inspiration from Piazzolla, it is in a purely tonal style from a much earlier era, the third section having a particularly catchy tune. Vincent Emilio Sojo’s Five Pieces from Venezuela are charming miniatures, while Ponce’s equally engaging Tres Canciones populares mexicanas make for a happy conclusion. Audible left hand shifts are few; the playing technically flawless, and the Canadian team have produced another of their top-flight recordings.

-- David Denton, Naxos [9/2012]
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Works on This Recording

Suite for Guitar in A minor: Gigue by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Sonata mexicana by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Mexico 
Preludio for Guitar "In the style of Weiss" by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Balletto for Guitar by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Sonata for Guitar by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Cuba 
Tangomania by Julio César Oliva
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Piezas Venezolanas (5) by Vicente Emilio Sojo
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Canciones (3) populares mexicanas by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Cecilio Perera (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 

Sound Samples

Suite in A minor: V. Gigue
Sonata Mexicana: I. Allegro moderato
Sonata Mexicana: II. Andantino affettuoso
Sonata Mexicana: III. Allegretto quasi serenata
Sonata Mexicana: IV. Allegretto un poco vivace
Guitar Sonata: I. Fandangos y Boleros
Guitar Sonata: II. Sarabanda de Scriabin
Guitar Sonata: III. La Toccata de Pasquini
Tangomania: I. Infortunio
Tangomania: II. Te esperare siempre
Tangomania: III. Vagando en la soledad
Tangomania: IV. Te llevo en mis venas
5 Pieces from Venezuela: No. 1. Cantico
5 Pieces from Venezuela: No. 2. Aguinaldo
5 Pieces from Venezuela: No. 3. Cancion
5 Pieces from Venezuela: No. 4. Aire Venezolano
5 Pieces from Venezuela: No. 5. Galeron
3 Canciones populares mexicanas: No. 1. La Pajarera
3 Canciones populares mexicanas: No. 2. Por ti mi Corazon
3 Canciones populares mexicanas: No. 3. La Valentina

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