UPCOMING RELEASE OF APRIL 2018
Composer(s): Barrios, Ponce, Torroba, Villa-Lobos
Artist(s): Daniele Lazzari
Augustin Barrios: (b San Juan Bautista de las Misiones, 5 May 1885; d San Salvador, 7 Aug 1944). Paraguayan guitarist and composer. In his youth in Asunción he studied the guitar with Gustavo Sosa Escalada and composition with Nicolo Pellegrini, and practised his compositional skills by transcribing works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. In 1910 he left Paraguay intending to give a week of concerts in Argentina, but such was his success that he was away for 14 years, playing in Brazil, Chile and Uruguay (where he studied with Antonio Giménez Manjón). He found a patron in the diplomat Tomás Salomini, who arranged recitals for him in Mexico and Cuba. His first real successes date from about 1919, when he played for the President of Brazil. In 1930 he adopted the pseudonym Mangoré (after a legendary Guaraní chieftain), and in 1934 he went to Europe with Salomini, living in Berlin and visiting Belgium and Spain. In 1936 he returned to Latin America, and taught at the conservatory in San Salvador from 1939 to 1944. Critics compared Barrios Mangoré with Segovia as an interpreter and with Paganini as a virtuoso. He was the first Latin-American guitarist of stature to be heard in Europe, and made numerous recordings between 1913 and 1929. Although he lacked a formal musical education, Barrios Mangoré wrote guitar music of high quality that combined many of the characteristics of his predecessors, Sor and Tárrega. He reputedly composed about 300 works for solo guitar, of which over a third have been located either in manuscripts or from his recordings. These include La catedral, Danza paraguaya, Un sueño en la floresta, Preludio, op.5 no.1, Julia Florida, Una limosna por el amor de dios, Mazurka apasionata, Vals, op.8 nos.3 and 4, and Variations on a Theme of Tárrega, all of which have become part of the repertory.
Heitor Villa-Lobos: born in Santiago de Chile in 1967, Mauro Godoy Villalobos grew up in Växjö in Sweden. He now lives and works as a composer in Stockholm. Villalobos started studying guitar at the Music Conservatory “Civica Scuola di música” in Milan. For the last fifteen years he has focussed on musical composition and continued his studies under the supervision of the composers Henrik Strindberg, Per Mårtensson and Johan Hammerth. Villalobos’ compositions both solo works and orchestral pieces have been performed worldwide on a regular basis. His compositions include works for solo guitar, duos with piano, chamber music, choral music, works for string orchestra, wind orchestra and symphony orchestra. His latest project is a Guitar Concerto with orchestra called Qualia written for the Swedish guitarist Georg Gulyas
Manuel Maria Ponce: (b Fresnillo, Zacatecas, 8 Dec 1882; d Mexico City, 24 April 1948). Mexican pianist and composer. He was the leading Mexican musician of his time, and made a primary contribution to the development of a Mexican national style – a style that could embrace, in succession, impressionist and neo-classical influences.
Lazzari, Daniele (Guitarist)
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