Ponce: Complete Guitar Music

Ponce: Complete Guitar Music
Composer Manuel María Ponce
Artist Gérard Abiton guitar
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94986
EAN code 5028421949864
Release October 2014

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The magic and mystery of Mexico make a welcome return on this recording, as the expert skills of Gérard Abiton explore Manuel Ponce’s complete works for guitar. There is a wealth of treasures to be enjoyed here, as Ponce’s vast career led him to explore a number of different styles. His time in Paris exerted a French influence on his music, heard in the wonderfully lyrical song-without-words motif in the second movement of his Sonata III. The folklike passage that follows it, alongside a daring counter-melody, are brought together in a joyous conclusion in the Sonata’s last movement, cleverly evoking a popular theme. But it is in the Tres Canciones populares mexicanas that the listener is musically transported to Central America, and Ponce’s beloved homeland. The composer’s tender nature is beautifully expressed in these three lyrical works, as, along with the Scherzino mexicano, he strives to create a testament to his Mexican roots.

Gérard Abiton, an ‘exceptional and talented’ French guitarist (Guitare Classique), is a magnificent performer of Ponce’s works. His elegant rendition succeeds in convincingly expressing the composer’s tender emotion, paying homage to Ponce’s diverse influences and never straying far from his cherished Mexican origins. Described as ‘one of the best guitarists in the world’ (Liberation) and a ‘leading light in the profession’ (Le pays), Abiton’s understanding of Ponce has led him to be regularly invited to play his works in Mexico. Joined by harpsichordist Beatrice Martin, whose assured touch is the perfect accompaniment to the Concierto del Sur and Sonata for guitar and harpsichord, as well as Jean Thorel’s professional conducting, this CD is sure to delight fans of guitar music looking to relax and unwind.

Other information:
- The complete guitar works by Manuel Ponce! Also included are the Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord, and the Concierto del Sur.
- Manuel Ponce was one of Mexico’s best and most popular composers. In his formative years he traveled to Europe, sniffing the air of Paris in the 1920’s (the experimental Groupe des six, of Poulenc, Milhaud and Honegger) and Germany, before settling in his home country again. His compositions are imbued with the native music and folklore of his beloved Mexico, irresistably lively, sensual and passionate.
- Excellent performances by Gérard Abiton, one of France’s most famous guitarists: “one of the best guitarists in the world” (Liberation), “exceptionally talented” (Guitare classique).
- Contains notes on the composer and the works.
- Contains biographies on each of the artists.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonatina meridional: I. Campo. Allegretto
  2. Sonatina meridional: II. Copla. Andante
  3. Sonatina meridional: III. Fiesta. Allegro con brio
  4. Sonata No. 3: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Sonata No. 3: II. Canción. Andante
  6. Sonata No. 3: III. Allegro non troppo
  7. Sonata Mexicana: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Sonata Mexicana: II. Andantino affettuoso
  9. Sonata Mexicana: III. Allegretto, tempo di serenata
  10. Sonata Mexicana: IV. Allegretto, un poco vivace
  11. 24 Guitar Preludes: I. Prelude in in C Major
  12. 24 Guitar Preludes: II. Prelude in in A Minor
  13. 24 Guitar Preludes: III. Prelude in in G Major
  14. 24 Guitar Preludes: IV. Prelude in in E Minor
  15. 24 Guitar Preludes: V. Prelude in in D Major
  16. 24 Guitar Preludes: VI. Prelude in in B Minor
  17. 24 Guitar Preludes: VII. Prelude in in A Major
  18. 24 Guitar Preludes: VIII. Prelude in in F-Sharp Minor
  19. 24 Guitar Preludes: IX. Prelude in in E Major
  20. 24 Guitar Preludes: X. Prelude in in C-Sharp Minor
  21. 24 Guitar Preludes: XI. Prelude in in B Major
  22. 24 Guitar Preludes: XII. Prelude in in G-Sharp Minor
  23. 24 Guitar Preludes: XIII. Prelude in in F-Sharp Major
  24. 24 Guitar Preludes: XIV. Prelude in in D-Sharp Minor
  25. 24 Guitar Preludes: XV. Prelude in in D-Flat Major
  26. 24 Guitar Preludes: XVI. Prelude in in B-Flat Minor
  27. 24 Guitar Preludes: XVII. Prelude in in A-Flat Major
  28. 24 Guitar Preludes: XVIII. Prelude in in F Minor
  29. 24 Guitar Preludes: XIX. Prelude in in E-Flat Major
  30. 24 Guitar Preludes: XX. Prelude in in C Minor
  31. 24 Guitar Preludes: XXI. Prelude in in B-Flat Major
  32. 24 Guitar Preludes: XXII. Prelude in in G Minor
  33. 24 Guitar Preludes: XXIII. Prelude in in F Major
  34. 24 Guitar Preludes: XXIV. Prelude in in D Minor

Disk 2

  1. Suite antigua: I. Preamble
  2. Suite antigua: II. Courante
  3. Suite antigua: III. Sarabande
  4. Suite antigua: IV. Gavottes 1 & 2
  5. Suite antigua: V. Gigue
  6. Suite in A Minor: I. Prelude
  7. Suite in A Minor: II. Allemande
  8. Suite in A Minor: III. Sarabande
  9. Suite in A Minor: IV. Gavotte
  10. Suite in A Minor: V. Gigue
  11. Preludio & Balleto: I. Preludio
  12. Preludio & Balleto: II. Balleto
  13. Sonate clásica: I. Allegro
  14. Sonate clásica: II. Andante
  15. Sonate clásica: III. Menuet
  16. Sonate clásica: IV. Allegro
  17. Sonate romántica: I. Allegro moderato
  18. Sonate romántica: II. Andante espressivo
  19. Sonate romántica: III. Allegro vivo
  20. Sonate romántica: IV. Allegro non troppo e serioso

Disk 3

  1. Diferencias sobre la folia de España y fuga
  2. Tema variado y final
  3. Variaciones sobre un tema de A. de Cabezón
  4. Vespertina
  5. Matinal
  6. Trópico
  7. Vals
  8. Postludio
  9. Tres canciones populares Mexicanas: I. La pajarera
  10. Tres canciones populares Mexicanas: II. Por tí mi corazón
  11. Tres canciones populares Mexicanas: III. Valentina
  12. Scherzino mexicano
  13. Estrellita

Disk 4

  1. Concierto del sur: I. Allegretto
  2. Concierto del sur: II. Andante
  3. Concierto del sur: III. Allegro moderato e festivo
  4. Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord: II. Andantino
  6. Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord: III. Allegro non troppo e piacevole
  7. Preludio for Guitar and Harpsichord

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