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Xianji Liu Guitar Laureate Recital
First Prize, 2016 Tárrega International Guitar Competition (Benicàssim)
SCARLATTI • TÁRREGA • SOR • ALBÉNIZ
MALATS • PIAZZOLLA • COSTE • BERKELEY
Xianji Liu, Guitar
When Xianji Liu became the first Chinese-born winner of the prestigious Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Competition in 2016, a new star emerged in the world of the classical guitar. Spanning the centuries and crossing the globe from Argentina to Britain, his recital includes some of the most beguiling and evocative pieces ever written for the instrument as well as four transcriptions so idiomatic to the guitar that they sound utterly natural on the six plucked strings.
Andrea González Caballero Guitar Laureate Recital
Winner, 2016 ‘Alhambra’ International Guitar Competition
CLERCH • TÁRREGA • ARCAS • ASSAD
BRITTEN • ALBÉNIZ • CALANDÍN • MANJÓN
Andrea González Caballero, Guitar
This programme by Andrea González Caballero, winner of the 2016 Alhambra International Guitar Competition in Spain, has been carefully chosen for comparison and contrast. Containing a wide range of compositional styles from the romantic 19th century to the present, it includes characteristic Spanish music by Tárrega and Albéniz, freshly minted works by some of today’s most important composers from Cuba, Spain and Brazil, as well as one of the most significant mid-20th-century works for guitar, the Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten.
JUNE RELEASEXavier Jara Guitar Laureate Recital
Winner, 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Competition
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO • COUPERIN
DOWLAND • RAWSTHORNE
BOGDANOVIĆ • ASSAD • COLLINS
Xavier Jara, Guitar
American classical guitarist Xavier Jara has taken first prize at numerous international competitions, including the prestigious 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. This release stands out not only for the sheer musicality and technical brilliance of the performer, but for his imaginatively structured and adventurous programme. It balances the poetic beauty of John Dowland and Alan Rawthorne with the broad appeal of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Variations across the Centuries, technically challenging works by Dušan Bogdanović, as well as intriguing discoveries such as young composer Jeremy Collins’s Elegy.
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