Easy Studies for Guitar Volume 2

Easy Studies for Guitar Volume 2
Composer Alexandre Tansman, Franco Cavallone, Ivan Patachich, Manuel María Ponce, Stephen Dodgson
Artist Cristiano Porqueddu guitar
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95557
EAN code 5028421955575
Release December 2017

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This second volume in the 3-part series of Easy Studies for Guitar (the first was released in December 2016, BC95402) continues to focus on lesser-known modern compositions that lend themselves to teaching the guitar. The aim of the series is to further awareness and understanding of musical idioms that do not necessarily reflect traditional preconceptions of classical harmony. The selection by Cristiano Porqueddu was determined by a number of features: music without a strong sense of tonality; a wide range of timbre; and a polyphonic conception of the instrument.

Volume 2 begins with the second collection of 12 Easy Pieces for Guitar by the Polish composer, Alexandre Tansman – the first collection having been included within Volume 1. These delightful, elegant studies reveal meticulous construction and a certain constancy of form that speak for the composer’s inventive skill. Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013) wrote works for the guitar that attracted the attention of outstanding performers such as Julian Bream and John Williams: these Transitional Studies call for more advanced skill than the other works on the album.
Unlike the other works here, the limpid collection of Ten Progressive Studies by the Italian guitarist and composer Franco Cavallone (1957) does not aim at improving technique, but at helping the player master control of sound and colour. The Hungarian composer Iván Patachich (1922-1993) wrote two collections of Gyermekdalok gitárra (Children’s Songs for Guitar) published in 1978, a series of fresh, original vignettes that belie the composer’s remarkable technical skill and elegance.

The music of Manuel Ponce is better known than any of the previous composers: he wrote the Six Short Preludes for Juanita, the young daughter of the Mexican composer Carlos Chávez, shortly after she had begun to study the guitar. Nonetheless, in simplifying his idiom Ponce managed not to drain his music of its vivacity: the result is music that guitarists of all abilities will take pleasure from.

This second volume in the 3-part series of “Easy Studies for Guitar” continues to focus on lesser-known original compositions for the guitar of the 20th and 21st century that lend themselves to teaching purposes. The aim is to develop the awareness of musical styles and structures beyond the restrictions of Classical Music, in terms of harmony, rhythm and a wide range of timbres.
Included are works by Alexandre Tansman, Stephen Dodgson, Franco Cavallone, Ivan Patachich and Manuel Ponce. In its small scale the music is utterly charming, entertaining and innovative, a joy for both guitar amateur and music lover.
Cristiano Porqueddu is one of today’s foremost guitarists. Critics call him “A reference point for a new generation of musicians”. His recent Carnegie Hall recital was a triumph: “he has the vision and fortitude to forge a new and substantial path by discovering, recording and performing great works that have been largely ignored” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle). His Brilliant classics discography is substantial and impressive and includes works by Barrios, Sor, Gilardino, and many others.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: I. Promenade
  2. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: II. Berceuse
  3. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: III. Boîte à joujoux
  4. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: IV. Air populaire
  5. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: V. Nocturne
  6. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: VI. Petit chant
  7. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: VII. Menuet
  8. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: VIII. Appel
  9. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: IX. Valsette
  10. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: X. Barcarolle
  11. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: XI. A l’espagnole
  12. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: XII. Etude
  13. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: I. Allegro non troppo
  14. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: II. Allegretto scherzando
  15. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: III. Andante sostenuto
  16. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: IV. Andante con moto
  17. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: V. Allegretto
  18. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: VI. Poco lento
  19. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: VII. Moderato ed espressivo
  20. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: VIII. Andante calmo
  21. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: IX. Allegro deciso ma non troppo
  22. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: X. Poco allegro
  23. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: XI. Agitato
  24. 12 Transitional Studies for Guitar: XII. Molto moderato
  25. 10 Progressive Studies: I. Moderato
  26. 10 Progressive Studies: II. Tranquillo
  27. 10 Progressive Studies: III. Moderato
  28. 10 Progressive Studies: IV. Allegretto
  29. 10 Progressive Studies: V. Andante mosso
  30. 10 Progressive Studies: VI. Calmo ed espressivo
  31. 10 Progressive Studies: VII. Mosso
  32. 10 Progressive Studies: VIII. Moderatamente
  33. 10 Progressive Studies: IX. Allegretto
  34. 10 Progressive Studies: X. Andante poco mosso
  35. Children’s Songs for Guitar: I. Balazs-nota
  36. Children’s Songs for Guitar: II. Aranykapu
  37. Children’s Songs for Guitar: III. Fehér Liliomszal
  38. Children’s Songs for Guitar: IV. Kiskutya
  39. Children’s Songs for Guitar: V. Hívogató
  40. 6 Short Preludes: I. Moderato
  41. 6 Short Preludes: II. Andante
  42. 6 Short Preludes: III. Moderato
  43. 6 Short Preludes: IV. Andante espressivo
  44. 6 Short Preludes: V. Allegretto con moto
  45. 6 Short Preludes: VI. Allegretto