The medium of guitar duo has established an increased presence in the world's concert halls. This month's new release of concertos for two guitars showcases Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and the Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati. Their works are performed by the brilliant guitarists João Luiz and Douglas Lora who, as the Brasil Guitar Duo, gave the first performance of Bellinati's concerto in 2012. This recording follows the duo's splendid recording of Brouwer's music for two guitars (8.573336) that was awarded a 10/10 rating by ClassicsToday.com for being “ … technically impeccable and stylistically right on the money.”
These two concertos show the increasing importance of the guitar duo on the world’s concert stages. Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement. A crucial figure in the global promotion of Brazilian rhythms for the guitar, Paulo Bellinati deploys luxurious harmonies and brilliantly effective techniques to pay tribute to the country music of São Paulo State in Concerto Caboclo.
Listen to an extract from Bellinati's Concerto Cabocio:
I. Toada: Andante, quasi andantino
About the Artists
Winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Brasil Guitar Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have performed together for 20 years. Equally at home in classical and world music, they joined cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto in the 2014 world premiere of El arco y la lira, a work for two cellos and two guitars by Leo Brouwer. That occasion also saw the Cuban premiere of Brouwer’s Sonata de Los Viajeros, which was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best New Composition.
David Amado is music director and conductor of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and, since April 2016, music director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida. His national and international conducting appearances have brought increasing recognition for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he received the Delaware Governor’s Award for the Arts.
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is one of the premier regional orchestras in the United States and Delaware’s only fully professional orchestra. The DSO has been an integral part of the First State’s cultural life since 1906. The orchestra presents classical and contemporary repertoire in full orchestra and chamber music concerts, educational programmes, and special events.
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