Novecento Guitar Sonatas | Brilliant Classics 9455

Novecento Guitar Sonatas


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 9455

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 21st July 2014



Pioneering guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu follows his fascinating set of Novecento Guitar Preludes – released on Brilliant Classics in 2012 and hailed by MusicWeb International as “a most compelling collection [where] the guitar is placed on a par with other classical instruments: something to be treated seriously” – with this equally intriguing selection of 20th‐century guitar sonatas.

Featuring a wealth of world premiere recordings, the collection is yet another showcase for Porqueddu’s spirit of adventure.

Once again, Porqueddu takes us on a colourful journey that passes through all kinds of different styles and moods: from Gilbert Biberian’s fusion of traditional formal structures with the dance and folk music of the Middle East, to Franco Cavallone’s four sonatas that are inspired by such diverse influences as Ravel, Ponce, Bernstein and the 20th‐century Italian composers Frazzi and Lupi; from Angelo Gilardino’s evocative sonatas that recall great Italian paintings and warm Mediterranean winter days, to Georges Migot’s refined and virtuosic sonata, to name just a few examples.

And one of the many world premiere recordings featured here is an exciting new sonata by Porqueddu himself.

Cristiano Porqueddu, described as “a point of reference for the new generation of guitarists”, graduated from the Lorenzo Perosi International Academy in Biella, Italy. With an extensive knowledge of the technique and interpretation of 19th‐ and 20th‐century music, he has won numerous international awards and now sits on the jury of several major guitar competitions. Porqueddu has made many acclaimed recordings for Brilliant Classics.

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