Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Music for Two Guitars, Vol. 1

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Music for Two Guitars, Vol. 1

by Brasil Guitar Duo
     
 

The "Sonata Canonica, Op. 196," by the prolific Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, has opened many a duo-guitar recital. It's a pleasant neo-classic romp that's over in 10 minutes, with the lively use of counterpoint implied by the title. Not so common, or so easily programmed, is another Castelnuovo-Tedesco work from the early '60s, "Les Guitares… See more details below

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The "Sonata Canonica, Op. 196," by the prolific Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, has opened many a duo-guitar recital. It's a pleasant neo-classic romp that's over in 10 minutes, with the lively use of counterpoint implied by the title. Not so common, or so easily programmed, is another Castelnuovo-Tedesco work from the early '60s, "Les Guitares Bien Tempérées, Op. 199," a set of 24 preludes and fugues for two guitars, inspired by Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier." Castelnuovo-Tedesco's preludes and fugues, unlike other sets written in homage to Bach, are arranged not in scalar sequence but in minor-major pairs a fifth apart, beginning with G minor and ending with C major. They're also exceptional in that they can be classified as light music. The dominant spirit is playfulness, and this emerges most of all, oddly enough, in the fugues. Each one has something unexpected. Perhaps a long, complex theme will be recovered piecemeal for its subsequent appearances, or perhaps it will be derived, seemingly impossibly, from that of its corresponding prelude. The preludes itself are quite a varied lot, with effects such as flamenco rhythms and harmonics introduced in an unobtrusive way. There is logic to the whole set, but individual pieces could be included on any recital tracing Bach's influence and would contribute something unusual to it. The performance by the youthful Brasil Guitar Duo is clean and sensitive to the fun of the music, and the engineers avoid putting the listener too close to the players in the live environment of suburban Toronto's St. John Chrysostom Church. A pleasant guitar release that will insinuate itself into your playpile.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313077878
catalogNumber:
8570778
Rank:
276530

Tracks

  1. Sonatina canonica, for 2 guitars, Op. 196  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  2. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 1 in G minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  3. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 1 in G minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  4. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 2 in D major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  5. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 2 in D major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  6. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 3 in A minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  7. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 3 in A minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  8. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 4 in E major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  9. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 4 in E major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  10. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 5 in B minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  11. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 5 in B minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  12. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 6 in F sharp minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  13. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 6 in F sharp minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  14. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 7 in C sharp minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  15. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 7 in C sharp minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  16. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 8 in A flat major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  17. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 8 in A flat major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  18. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 9 in E flat minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  19. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 9 in E flat minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  20. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 10 in B flat major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  21. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 10 in B flat major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  22. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 11 in F minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  23. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 11 in F minor  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  24. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Prelude No. 12 in C major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti
  25. Les Guitares bien tempérées (Well-tempered guitars), preludes & fugues (24) for 2 guitars, Op. 199: Fugue No. 12 in C major  - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  - Andrea Danti

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