Cavallone: Music for Guitar

Cavallone: Music for Guitar
Composer Franco Cavallone
Artist Cristiano Porqueddu guitar
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 95831
EAN code 5028421958316
Release March 2021

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Many first recordings on a comprehensive, newly recorded survey of a distinguished modern Italian guitar-composer.

Joining the extensive library of guitar music in the Brilliant Classics catalogue, Franco Cavallone is a worthy successor to Italian guitar composers from Giuliani to Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He is an accomplished performer himself, having studied with the likes of Leo Brouwer and Angelo Gilardino, and the pieces recorded here have been composed with an intimate knowledge of the guitar’s technical and timbral possibilities, which Cristiano Porqueddu exploits to the full, with the composer’s enthusiastic approval: ‘He has managed to create a kaleidoscope of sound and sense that is truly rewarding for the listener. I am convinced that this CD set is a benchmark recording for my music for the guitar.’

Cavallone’s mastery of diverse idioms is engagingly broad, making these 4CDs full of discovery and surprise. The four sonatas on CD1 are each conceived in homage to a different style: ‘to Ponce and Ravel’, American composers, neoclassicism and to 20th century modernism. While Cavallone embraces rich dissonance and an impressionistic handling of chromaticism in the 12 Studies, he also writes with a moving simplicity in the homage to Tarrega, Di tante lagrime. A collection of six Hebrew melodies – dedicated to Porqueddu – demonstrates how effectively he can embroider and enrich folk and popular melodies, enhancing rather than detracting from their original character.

Another ‘homage’ piece dedicated to Porqueddu is a three-movement sonata written with Benjamin Britten in mind, and recapturing some of the English composer’s deft, economical sketching of situation and place in his late music, especially Venice. There are three vivid ‘Suggestions’ inspired by the paintings of Lia Laterza and a haunting set of variations on Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna’. A collection of 12 Short Preludes encapsulates Cavallone’s eclectic language in microcosm, continually delighting and intriguing to the curious listener.

Praise for Cristiano Porqueddu’s recordings on Brilliant Classics: ‘The way Cristiano Porqueddu plays I can generally describe as ‘Ur’-mode, with extreme power, but also with great thoughtfulness. My immediate impression was that at last I have found a classical guitarist who takes his role seriously… My appreciation grew with every CD I listened to… It is a real enrichment for all of us that the Dutch label Brilliant Classics has teamed up with such a brilliant classic from Sardinia.’ Journal of Eurasian Studies (2014)

· Franco Cavallone (1957) is one of today’s most prolific and successful composers for the guitar. He himself studied the guitar with Bruno Mattioli, a pupil of Alirio Diaz, Leo Brouwer and Angelo Gilardino. He won several international competitions, both as a soloist and as a composer.
· Cavallone’s musical language is firmly based in the 20-th century, tonally centred, deriving inspiration from the wide spectrum of styles, such as folk music, Latin-American music, jazz and musical giants such as Ravel, Debussy, Bartók and Bernstein.
· Played with supreme mastery and total commitment by Cristiano Porqueddu, one of the leading guitarists of today, with an immense discography on Brilliant Classics to his name.
· The booklet contains excellent and personal liner notes written by the composer.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: I. Moderato
  2. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: II. Tranquillo
  3. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: III. Moderato
  4. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: IV. Allegretto
  5. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: V. Andante mosso
  6. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: VI. Calmo ed espressivo
  7. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: VII. Mosso
  8. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: VIII. Moderatamente
  9. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: IX. Allegretto
  10. Franco Cavallone: 10 Progressive Studies: X. Andante poco mosso
  11. Franco Cavallone: Sonata I: I. Allegro moderato
  12. Franco Cavallone: Sonata I: II. Adagietto ritmico
  13. Franco Cavallone: Sonata I: III. Allegro moderato
  14. Franco Cavallone: Sonata II: I. Moderato
  15. Franco Cavallone: Sonata II: II. Adagio non troppo
  16. Franco Cavallone: Sonata II: III. Allegro
  17. Franco Cavallone: Sonata III: I. Moderato
  18. Franco Cavallone: Sonata III: II. Lento ma teso
  19. Franco Cavallone: Sonata III: III. Allegro
  20. Franco Cavallone: Sonata IV: I. Allegro moderato
  21. Franco Cavallone: Sonata IV: II. Andante
  22. Franco Cavallone: Sonata IV: III. Andante mosso
  23. Franco Cavallone: Di tante lagrime...

Disk 2

  1. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: I. Calmo
  2. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: II. Moderato
  3. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: III. Legato e flessibile
  4. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: IV. Lento ma non troppo
  5. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: V. Moderato
  6. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: VI. Allegro
  7. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: VII. Lirico, moderato
  8. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: VIII. Lento ed espressivo
  9. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: IX Liberamente, improvvisando
  10. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: X. Allegro
  11. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: XI. Allegro moderato
  12. Franco Cavallone: Dodici studi per chitarra: XII. Allegretto
  13. Franco Cavallone: Sei canzoni ebraiche: I. Hinne' ma tov
  14. Franco Cavallone: Sei canzoni ebraiche: II. Vihda'h Le'Olam Teshev
  15. Franco Cavallone: Sei canzoni ebraiche: III. Kesheharrabbí Shar
  16. Franco Cavallone: Sei canzoni ebraiche: IV. Ro'e' Vero'a'
  17. Franco Cavallone: Sei canzoni ebraiche: V. Yafutzu Oyevecha
  18. Franco Cavallone: Sei canzoni ebraiche: VI. Hevenu shalom
  19. Franco Cavallone: Trois Reflets: I. Andante misterioso
  20. Franco Cavallone: Trois Reflets: II. Cantabile
  21. Franco Cavallone: Trois Reflets: III Allegretto ritmico
  22. Franco Cavallone: Comme des variations: I. – Moderato II. – Stesso tempo III. – Meno IV. – Mosso VI. – Corale VII. – Andante VIII. – Tempo I IX. – Stesso tempo X. – Delicato XI. – Scherzando XII. – Andantino finale

Disk 3

  1. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: I. Riflessivo
  2. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: II. Lentamente
  3. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: III. Leggero
  4. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: IV. Mestamente
  5. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: V. Con calma
  6. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: VI. Teso e drammatico
  7. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: VII. Vivo
  8. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: VIII. Corale
  9. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: IX. Solare
  10. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: X. Adagio
  11. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: XI. Arioso
  12. Franco Cavallone: 12 Short Preludes: XII. Come un ricordo
  13. Franco Cavallone: Sonatina “omaggio a B. Britten”: I. Liberamente, non troppo lento – Allegretto
  14. Franco Cavallone: Sonatina “omaggio a B. Britten”: II. Adagio
  15. Franco Cavallone: Sonatina “omaggio a B. Britten”: III. Allegretto
  16. Franco Cavallone: “Anime gementi” sonatina per chitarra: I. Con andamento flessibile
  17. Franco Cavallone: “Anime gementi” sonatina per chitarra: II. Lento
  18. Franco Cavallone: “Anime gementi” sonatina per chitarra: III. Allegretto
  19. Franco Cavallone: Varii lamenti – omaggio a Claudio Monteverdi
  20. Franco Cavallone: Dance Scenes: I. Ritmico
  21. Franco Cavallone: Dance Scenes: II. Moderato
  22. Franco Cavallone: Dance Scenes: III. Vivace
  23. Franco Cavallone: Dance Scenes: IV. Moderato
  24. Franco Cavallone: Dance Scenes: V. Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Franco Cavallone: Liriche d’autunno: I. Sognante
  2. Franco Cavallone: Liriche d’autunno: II. Mesto
  3. Franco Cavallone: Liriche d’autunno: III. Arioso
  4. Franco Cavallone: Liriche d’autunno: IV. Grazioso
  5. Franco Cavallone: Liriche d’autunno: V. Elegiaco
  6. Franco Cavallone: Liriche d’autunno: VI. Ritmico
  7. Franco Cavallone: Quattro poemetti – Omaggio ad Alda Merini: I. Meditativo
  8. Franco Cavallone: Quattro poemetti – Omaggio ad Alda Merini: II. Lento, contemplative
  9. Franco Cavallone: Quattro poemetti – Omaggio ad Alda Merini: III. Andante largo
  10. Franco Cavallone: Quattro poemetti – Omaggio ad Alda Merini: IV. Allegretto
  11. Franco Cavallone: Tre suggestioni meditazioni sonore sui dipinti di lia laterza: I. – Dopo la furia
  12. Franco Cavallone: Tre suggestioni meditazioni sonore sui dipinti di lia laterza: II. – Ombre allungate
  13. Franco Cavallone: Tre suggestioni meditazioni sonore sui dipinti di lia laterza: III. – Quiete notturna
  14. Franco Cavallone: Tre pezzi per chitarra: I. Campane di natale
  15. Franco Cavallone: Tre pezzi per chitarra: II. I Fiori del tempo – Studio da concerto
  16. Franco Cavallone: Tre pezzi per chitarra: III. Une petite nuage rose