Gilardino - Sicilian Guitar Music
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95266
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
WorksAu pays parfume: 5 inventions
Capriccio etneo for solo guitar
Concertino di Hykkara
Parthenicum: Sonatina for solo guitar
ArtistsAngelo Marchese (guitar)
Adalgisa Badano (harpsichord)
Winds of Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana
Au pays parfumé is a set of five inventions for guitar and harpsichord (2013), taking its title from the poetry of Baudelaire. The instruments are not timbrally contrasted but woven to create a composite texture of constantly changing hues. Parthenicum and Capriccio Etneo are both solo works dating from 2014, the former an abstractly structured sonata, the latter a more free‐form fantasia loosely based on a Classical rondo.
The Concertino di Hykkara (2012) is named after a legendary city between Palermo and Partinico, designed by the architect Daedalus, who immortalised the name of his tragic son Icarus. Thus the Concertino aims to celebrate the guitar as a bird in flight and surrounded by a light‐filled accompaniment for chamber orchestra.
Previous well‐received Gilardino albums on Brilliant Classics have featured both solo and orchestral works with the idiomatic musicianship of Angelo Marchese on the composer’s own instrument. When the Concertino was originally released in 2014, MusicWeb reported that ‘This is often soloistic, surreal in nature and open in texture. It is never congested… The guitar part is virtuoso but is not called on to produce outlandish effects at odds with the instrument’s nature. This is a treat for adventurous pursuers of the guitar concerto on the look‐out for refreshing and distinctive contemporary additions to the repertoire.’
Recorded November-December 2015
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