Fernando Sor: Early Works / William Carter

Release Date: 2/1/2010
Label: Linn
Catalog Number: CKD343
Composer: Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Quite simply some of the finest guitar playing you'll ever hear.? Gramophone

?Nothing obscures the subtlety and beauty of his solo guitar.? The Times

World-renowned guitarist William Carter presents an appealing collection of early works by Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer Fernando Sor (1778 ? 1839). William Carter employs a performance practice endorsed by Sor himself - playing without fingernails ? making this a truly unique recording.

Composer: Fernando Sor

? William Carter believes Sor?s guitar music is some of the finest ever written for the instrument. ?Fernando Sor: Early Works? includes three large-scale works, interspersed with shorter pieces, which are charming and intimate with a strong Spanish flavour.
? Carter?s use of his fingertips delivers wider dynamic contrasts and a softer, more subtle sound. This is the premiere recording of Sor?s early works to explore this performance practice.
? William Carter?s recording is a blend of his incredible knowledge of the instrument and composer, his extensive research and endless hours of perfecting his technique.
? A founding-member of the famous Palladian Ensemble, Carter has a deserved reputation as one of the finest baroque guitarists with critically acclaimed performances as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist.
? William Carter is a member of The Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert and Palladians and is well known in the UK as a regular performer at Early Music Festivals.
? William Carter?s passion for the guitar, baroque guitar, lute and theorbo enthuses his playing with a freshness and vitality, coupled with faultless technique.
Also available on Linn:
?La Guitarra EspaƱola - The Music of Santiago de Murcia? (CKD 288) ? named Editor?s Choice in Gramophone (2007)
?La Guitarre Royalle? (CKD 185) - named in Gramophone's ?Critic's Choice' list (2005)

Track Listing:
1. Three Minuets, Op.11 - No.6 in A major: Andante Maestoso
2. Three Minuets, Op.11 - No.7 in a minor: Andante
3. Three Minuets, Op.11 - No.8 in A major: Andante con moto
4. Air: ?Oh Cara armonia? from Il Flauto Magico, Op.9
5. Menuet in c minor, Op.24 No.1
6. Menuet in C major, Op.5 No.3
7. Andante Largo, Op.5 No.3
8. Two Minuets, Op.11 - No.5 in D major: Andante Maestoso
9. Two Minuets, Op.11 - No.4 in D major: Andante con moto
10. Studios for the Spanish Guitar, Op.6 - No.2 in A major: Andante Allegro
11. Studios for the Spanish Guitar, Op.6 - No.8 in C major: Andantino
12. Studios for the Spanish Guitar, Op.6 - No.9 in d minor: Andante Allegro
13. Studios for the Spanish Guitar, Op.6 - No.11 in e minor: Allegro Moderato
14. Studios for the Spanish Guitar, Op.6 - No.12 in A major: Andante
15. Grand Solo Op.14: Andante, Allegro
16. Menuet in G major, Op.3

Total Running Time: 61 minutes
Works on This Recording
1. Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 6 in G major by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; Paris, France
2. Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 7 in A minor by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; Paris, France
3. Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 8 in A major by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; Paris, France
4. Variations for Guitar on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute", Op. 9 by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; London, England
5. Short Pieces (8), Op. 24: no 1, Minuet in C minor by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830-1831 ;
6. Pétites Pièces (6) for Guitar, Op. 5: no 3, Minuet in C major by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1814 ;
7. Pétites Pièces (6) for Guitar, Op. 5: no 5, Andante largo by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1814 ;
8. Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 5 in D major by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; Paris, France
9. Variations and 12 Minuets for Guitar, Op. 11: Minuet no 4 by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; Paris, France
10. Etudes for Guitar, Op. 6: no 2 in A major, Andante allegro by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ;
11. Etudes for Guitar, Op. 6: no 8 in C major, Andantino by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ;
12. Etudes for Guitar, Op. 6: no 9 in A minor, Andante allegro by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ;
13. Etudes for Guitar, Op. 6: no 11 in E minor, Allegro moderato by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; Spain
14. Etudes for Guitar, Op. 6: no 12 in A major, Andante by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ;
15. Sonata for Guitar in D major, Op. 14 "Grand Solo" by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1823 ; London, England
16. Thème varié et menuet, Op. 3 by Fernando Sor
Performer: William Carter (Guitar)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1816 ;
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