Gangi - 22 Studies for Guitar | Brilliant Classics 95204

Gangi - 22 Studies for Guitar

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95204

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 19th August 2016

Contents

Artists

Andrea Pace (guitar)

Works

Gangi, Mario

Studies for guitar (22)

Artists

Andrea Pace (guitar)

About

This is only the second complete recording of the 22 Studies by Mario Gangi (1923‐2010), and the first to have international distribution. Gangi wrote them towards the climax of his professional career as one of the most renowned guitarists in postwar Italy. He gave first performances of works by his fellow Italians Ennio Porrino and Goffredo Petrassi, among others, but this album grows from his lasting work as a teacher at the conservatories of Rome and Naples.

Ricordi published his three‐volume method which gathers up the fruits of decades of experience as a performer and teacher. The last part is dedicated to this set of 22 Studies. Gangi devoted special attention to techniques pertaining to the left hand: fixed and barre chords, polyphony, scales and legato. In addition he developed exercises for perfecting advanced arpeggios, repeated notes and melodic thumb position.

However, even the most casual attention paid to the album, and to Andrea Pace’s sensitive performance, will reveal to the listener that these studies are so much more than technical exercises, but fine, free‐standing pieces in their own right. Admitting the influence of jazz and the Latin‐American world of Astor Piazzolla and Villa‐Lobos, they are unfailingly tuneful, readily capturing a mood whether snappy (the Seventh in particular) or often surprisingly rhapsodic: in this regard the first study sets the tone for the set as a whole. ‘Small masterpieces,’ Pace calls them in his booklet note, ‘small works of art in their own right, pieces that can hold their own in concert halls’; they will find an appeal way beyond the specialised guitar market.

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