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Cuban composer Leo Brouwer is highly regarded world-wide as one of today’s most distinctive and distinguished musical voices, as well as being a renowned conductor and recitalist. His guitar works hold that golden balance between intellectual challenge and sensual delight. While his works are terrifically popular amongst players and audiences as part of recital programmes, this complete Naxos edition will be the only such resource among record label catalogues. This month sees the release of Volume 5 in that series.

Leo BROUWER (b. 1939)
Guitar Music, Vol. 5
Danzas Rituales y Festivas Vol. 2 • Guitar Sonatas

Pedro Mateo González, Guitar

Leo Brouwer is universally acclaimed as an innovative composer, and this fifth volume of his complete guitar works contains some of his longest and most ambitious pieces. Danzas Rituales y Festivas Vol. 2 covers the gamut of virtuosic techniques and includes a movement dedicated to Pedro Mateo González, while Brouwer considers the Sonata del Pensador to be ‘one of my most valuable pieces’. Rich in Cuban rhythms, introspection and astonishing virtuosity, Brouwer’s work is the result of a lifetime of musical exploration alongside a passion for music of the past.

Listen to an extract from Danzas Rituales y Festivas, Vol. 2:
II. Glosas Camperas
Listen to an extract from Guitar Sonata No. 4:
II. Iluminaciones
About the Artist
Pedro Mateo González has performed in the major concert halls of Europe, Asia and the USA, and has won several prestigious competitions such as the 2009 Boston GuitarFest and the Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales de España (Jeunesses Musicales Competition). Previous recordings include a Naxos album (8.573363) of Leo Brouwer’s Music for Bandurria & Guitar together with Pedro Chamorro on bandurria, and on which ‘guitarist Pedro Mateo González is charismatic both in solo and duo guises.’ (Gramophone)
Previous volumes in the Leo Brouwer Guitar Music series
‘ … energy, sensitivity and a technique that leaves nothing to be desired.’
Gramophone
‘[Brouwer's] idiomatic yet extraordinarily inventive writing presents the guitar at its most dramatically arresting in works like Conticum and La Espiral Eternal. A superb second installment to the series.’
American Record Guide
‘[Devine's] musicianship is unimpeachable, his fleet technique is world-class, and his command of Brouwer's idiom is complete.’
American Record Guide
‘Devine confirms through this disc his position as one of the most accomplished guitarists now before the public and for the many admirers of Brouwer’s music this is an essential buy ... Of the many precious jewels in Naxos’s luminous crown, their guitar collection is certainly one of brightest shining.’
MusicWeb International


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