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14. Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concertos

The guitar, the national instrument of Spain and of Latin America, has found its place in the concert-hall in the 20th century, not least through the championship of the great guitarist Segovia, whose strengthening of the sound of the instrument and phenomenal technical command made such use a possibility. One of the best known of all concertos for the guitar is the Concierto de Aranjuez of the blind Spanish composer Joaqu'n Rodrigo, a work that makes thoroughly idiomatic use of the solo instrument. By the side of this concerto is a work for guitar and orchestra by the Italian-Jewish composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco, a valuable addition to guitar repertoire. The Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos had his musical formation partly from the street serenades of Rio and partly from extensive travel throughout the various regions of Brazil. His Guitar Concerto reflects this experience, as well as the technical expertise in composition, refined by residence in Paris in his earlier career.

Recommended recording
Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concertos, with the guitarist Norbert Kraft and the Northern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Ward. Naxos 8.550729

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