Napoleon Coste - Guitar Music
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95255
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th September 2016
They were not written as a set but during the last two decades of his life, and thus they reveal both the growth of Coste as a mature composer and musician, and his talent for incorporating romantic subtleties of harmony with the pedagogy of the instrument. The composer supplied a self-deprecating introduction: ‘modest productions (…) dedicated to talented amateur players and former students, whose memory is precious to the author’, but the Etudes are true concert pieces, amounting to a mini-treatise on Romantic harmony and musical forms used in Europe at the time.
Coste wrote the Etudes for a seven-stringed instrument; playing them on a six-stringed Classical guitar, Flávio Apro has devised his own innovative solutions, which further enhance Coste’s intended technical challenges. The Op.30 Serenade, however, dates from seven years before the abrupt end to the composer’s concert career and is thus more ebullient in tone: a through-composed, 10-minute work of impressionistic imitation which takes in both Spanish and French influences from operetta to Bolero before a grand finale.
This is Flávio Apro’s third album for Brilliant Classics, after the success of Nocturne (BC94875) and The Brazilian Guitar (BC94810).
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