This month's bumper crop of new releases featuring great guitar music offers a choice of solos, duets and concertos with orchestra, performed by some of the instrument's greatest exponents - Pepe Romero, Vicente Coves, José Antonio Escobar, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff.
Take your pick – better still pick all three – sit back and enjoy!
An outstanding figure in the history of modern Spanish music, Federico Moreno Torroba is best known for his guitar works, his traditional style embracing the folklore and character of Spain. The Concierto en Flamenco requires an exceptional soloist, and Pepe Romero is justly famous for his masterful interpretations in both classical and flamenco genres. The playful Diálogosentre guitarra y orquesta adds the luminous sonorities of harp and celesta to its colourful orchestration. Aires de La Mancha is evocative of this distinctive region in central Spain, while the Suite castellana includes Torroba’s first ever composition for guitar, Danza. This is the first of three volumes of Torroba’s complete works for guitar and orchestra.
Listen to an extract from Torroba's Concierto en Flamenco played by Pepe Romero: IV. Bulerias
Listen to an extract from Torroba's Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta played by Vicente Coves: III. Andante
Over the last 25 years the Amadeus Guitar Duo have consistently proved to be one of the world’s most exploratory and admired ensembles. Through their many international tours, recordings, and the symposium they established at Iserlohn in Germany, they have extended the repertoire for the duo and for guitar duo with orchestra. In this release, their inaugural one for Naxos, the programme ranges across the centuries from the magnificent arrangement of Handel’s Suite in G minor, HV 432, through music by the nineteenth-century guitar composer Johann Kaspar Mertz, to contemporary works including the brilliant and virtuosic Fantasie d’oriente e d’occidente by Carlo Domeniconi, which was given its world première by the duo.
Listen to an extract from Georg Philipp Telemann's Partita polonaise: Rigaudon
Colombia’s thriving cultural heritage derives from Spanish, African and Amerindian elements. The rich blend of colour and rhythmic vitality found in the synthesis of dance forms and styles, notably the sharply accented Andean bambuco (‘pursuit dance’), the flowing, graceful pasillo and the traditional, rhythmic guabina, recurs throughout this programme. Poignant expressiveness and intricate virtuosity are features of Montaña’s two Suites. Saboya’s Suite Ernestina includes characteristically South American melodies and rhythms, while Caribbean rhythmic patterns are recreated in González’s Preludio. José Antonio Escobar’s Guitar Music of Chile (Naxos 8.570341) was described as “absolutely stunning” by MusicWeb International.
Listen to an extract from Gentil Montana's Suite ColombianaNo. 3: I.La Cancion del Sonador (Pasillo)