Franco Cavallone Music for Guitar è un cofanetto composto da quattro volumi per un totale di 5 ore di musica in ottantacinque tracce la maggior parte delle quali registrate qui in prima assoluta. Recensioni, anteprime e articoli della stampa sono disponibili qui.
Nel dettaglio, la tracklist completa è la seguente:
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Many first recordings on a comprehensive, newly recorded survey of a distinguished modern Italian guitar-composer.
Joining the extensive library of guitar music in the Brilliant Classics catalogue, Franco Cavallone is a worthy successor to Italian guitar composers from Giuliani to Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He is an accomplished performer himself, having studied with the likes of Leo Brouwer and Angelo Gilardino, and the pieces recorded here have been composed with an intimate knowledge of the guitar’s technical and timbral possibilities, which Cristiano Porqueddu exploits to the full, with the composer’s enthusiastic approval: ‘He has managed to create a kaleidoscope of sound and sense that is truly rewarding for the listener. I am convinced that this CD set is a benchmark recording for my music for the guitar.’
Cavallone’s mastery of diverse idioms is engagingly broad, making these 4CDs full of discovery and surprise. The four sonatas on CD1 are each conceived in homage to a different style: ‘to Ponce and Ravel’, American composers, neoclassicism and to 20th century modernism. While Cavallone embraces rich dissonance and an impressionistic handling of chromaticism in the 12 Studies, he also writes with a moving simplicity in the homage to Tarrega, Di tante lagrime. A collection of six Hebrew melodies – dedicated to Porqueddu – demonstrates how effectively he can embroider and enrich folk and popular melodies, enhancing rather than detracting from their original character.
Another ‘homage’ piece dedicated to Porqueddu is a three-movement sonata written with Benjamin Britten in mind, and recapturing some of the English composer’s deft, economical sketching of situation and place in his late music, especially Venice. There are three vivid ‘Suggestions’ inspired by the paintings of Lia Laterza and a haunting set of variations on Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna’. A collection of 12 Short Preludes encapsulates Cavallone’s eclectic language in microcosm, continually delighting and intriguing to the curious listener.
Praise for Cristiano Porqueddu’s recordings on Brilliant Classics: ‘The way Cristiano Porqueddu plays I can generally describe as ‘Ur’-mode, with extreme power, but also with great thoughtfulness. My immediate impression was that at last I have found a classical guitarist who takes his role seriously… My appreciation grew with every CD I listened to… It is a real enrichment for all of us that the Dutch label Brilliant Classics has teamed up with such a brilliant classic from Sardinia.’ Journal of Eurasian Studies (2014)
· Franco Cavallone (1957) is one of today’s most prolific and successful composers for the guitar. He himself studied the guitar with Bruno Mattioli, a pupil of Alirio Diaz, Leo Brouwer and Angelo Gilardino. He won several international competitions, both as a soloist and as a composer.
· Cavallone’s musical language is firmly based in the 20-th century, tonally centred, deriving inspiration from the wide spectrum of styles, such as folk music, Latin-American music, jazz and musical giants such as Ravel, Debussy, Bartók and Bernstein.
· Played with supreme mastery and total commitment by Cristiano Porqueddu, one of the leading guitarists of today, with an immense discography on Brilliant Classics to his name.
· The booklet contains excellent and personal liner notes written by the composer.
Dal canale YouTube di Cristiano Porqueddu è possibile ascoltare numerose anteprime: