Carlevaro: Guitar Music

Carlevaro: Guitar Music
Composer Abel Carlevaro
Artist Cristiano Poli Cappelli guitar
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95684
EAN code 5028421956848
Release February 2019

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A Uruguayan pupil of Segovia: a man dedicated to the guitar, as a performer, teacher and even maker; a composer who wove together strands of melody and modernism.

This new 2CD set presents an absorbing portrait of Abel Carlevaro (1916-2001) through his music as performed by Cristiano Poli Cappelli, an Italian guitarist making his second album for Brilliant Classics. The first was of guitar music by another relatively forgotten figure, Alexander Tansman (BC95221), and it was enthusiastically reviewed by Classical Guitar magazine: ‘Highly recommended!’

Like Tansman, Carlevaro studied with Andres Segovia, the father of the modern guitar, during the 1930s. However, he broke away from his master’s teachings in order to make his own experiments in both guitar manufacture and composition. His music caught the ear of Heitor Villa-Lobos, another South American innovator, and it embraces the widest stylistic range captured by Poli Cappelli on this album, from the delicate watercolours of the Preludios Americanos (1969-74) to the vivid brushstrokes and abstract form of Cronomias (1972).

Carlevaro’s later music returned often to the milonga, a tango-related dance popularised in the classical sphere by Astor Piazzolla. Milonga para Ling (1999) is brief but saturated with melancholy, while to the Milonga Oriental (1994) belongs one of the composer’s happiest melodic inspirations. Later still, a pair of milonga suites describe a peaceful return to the composer’s heritage. An essential acquisition for guitar aficionados, but also a collection of beautiful South American melodies that deserve to travel more widely.

First recording of the complete guitar works by Abel Carlevaro.
Abel Carlevaro (1916-2001) was the most important guitarist of his native Uruguay. He had a successful international career and gained the admiration of Villa-Lobos and Andres Segovia, who was his teacher and mentor.
A profound and dedicated teacher, Carlevaro was the creator of a new school of instrumental technique which was revolutionary in its understanding of posture, sound development, and general philosophy of music. He also developed a new model of guitar which is still used nowadays.
Carlevaro was a serious and prolific composer, writing in the Latin-American style, a fusion of passion and nostalgia: dances, preludes, suites and studies.
Played with consummate skill and obvious love by Cristiano Poli Cappelli, a specialist of 20th century guitar music.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Preludios americanos: I. Evocación
  2. Preludios americanos: II. Scherzino
  3. Preludios americanos: III. Campo
  4. Preludios americanos: IV. Ronda
  5. Preludios americanos: V. Tamboriles
  6. Preludios americanos: VI. Aires de malambo
  7. Aires de vidalita
  8. Milonga oriental
  9. Introducción & capricho
  10. Milonga suite I: I. Azul y blanco
  11. Milonga suite I: II. Milonga triste
  12. Milonga suite I: III. Lunera
  13. Milonga suite I: IV. Rolear
  14. Milonga suite I: V. Milonga tangueada
  15. Milonga suite II: I. Milonga I
  16. Milonga suite II: II. Milonga II
  17. Milonga suite II: Una milonga para lin
  18. Cronomias: I. Poco libero
  19. Cronomias: II. Intermezzo
  20. Cronomias: III. Finale

Disk 2

  1. Suite de antiguas danzas españolas: I. Españoleta
  2. Suite de antiguas danzas españolas: II. Corranda
  3. Suite de antiguas danzas españolas: III.Pavana
  4. Suite de antiguas danzas españolas: IV. Rujero
  5. Suite de antiguas danzas españolas: V. Paradetas
  6. Suite de antiguas danzas españolas: VI. Pasacalle
  7. Estudio No. 1
  8. Estudio No. 2
  9. Estudio No. 3
  10. Estudio No. 4
  11. Estudio No. 5
  12. Tres cadencias: I. Punteo
  13. Tres cadencias: II. Secuencias
  14. Tres cadencias: III. Lejanìa
  15. 2 Estudios primaries: Estudio I
  16. 2 Estudios primaries: Estudio II
  17. 2 Estudios: I. Poco libero
  18. 2 Estudios: II. Movimiento alternado
  19. Microestudio No. 1. Festivo
  20. Microestudio No. 2
  21. Microestudio No. 3. Tranquillo
  22. Microestudio No. 4
  23. Microestudio No. 5. Poco rubato
  24. Microestudio No. 6. Calmo
  25. Microestudio No. 7
  26. Microestudio No. 8. Poco animato
  27. Microestudio No. 9. Espressivo, poco libero
  28. Microestudio No. 10
  29. Microestudio No. 11
  30. Microestudio No. 12. Comodo
  31. Microestudio No. 13. Espressivo
  32. Microestudio No. 14
  33. Microestudio No. 15. Poco rubato
  34. Microestudio No. 16
  35. Microestudio No. 17
  36. Microestudio No. 18
  37. Microestudio No. 19. Lento espressivo
  38. Microestudio No. 20