The composer Angelo Gilardino was born in 1941 and enjoyed a long career as a concert guitarist from 1958–81. As well as composing, he premiered hundreds of new works for the guitar. To date he has written several concertos for his instrument, and many chamber works and sonatas – all featuring one or multiple guitars.
His impetus to compose came from the composer Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who said that composition would be better for him – he’d discover more about himself – than he would from a life of concert and recital-giving and editing other composers’ works.
The 60 studies for solo guitar show the rich range of musical, literary and spiritual influences upon Gilardino: Lorca, Rimbaud, Bartók, Ravel, Berg, Gerhard, Villa- Lobos, Prokofiev and Albéniz to name a few.
A major addition to the catalogue of guitar music on record, this release will be eagerly awaited by students and guitar enthusiasts alike.
- Premiere release.
- The guitar remains one of the most popular instruments, and the guitar world is well served by specialist shops and magazines.
- Includes comprehensive booklet notes on every study.
• ‘A world-class player.’ SoundBoard magazine, January 2008 on Cristiano Porqueddu
• Reviews in the major guitar press