, June 2012
Three CDs, three recordings, three fine guitarists and three aspects of Italian composer Mauro Giuliani’s marvellous music for guitar. There is some mystery about CD 1, however…Either way, Giuliani’s easy-going if rather strait-laced cycles of National Airs that constitute a very short CD 1 were dedicated in each case to a pupil of Irish and Scottish nationality, this fact accounting for their pretty but undemanding nature. The Scottish Airs were published posthumously and there is no definite proof that they were written by Giuliani, although their style is certainly similar to that of the Irish set. Cartoni breezes through them with as much enthusiasm as the music allows.
CD 2 consists of 54 Studies…are superb, despite their pedagogic intent: brief, but inventive and endlessly tuneful, unbeatable listening for a lazy sunny weekend afternoon. Càsoli plays well, although her breathing is unnecessarily audible through headphones. The only pity is, perhaps, that she did not stick at least to sequences from Giuliani’s original opus groupings.
CD 3 is called ‘Rossiniana…touching, lightly humorous, surprisingly introspective work that all but disguises whatever music Giuliani has borrowed from his famous friend. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review