Cookie Control

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer.
I am happy to proceed
Image

BRITISH GUITAR MUSIC (Graham Anthony Devine) (Naxos: 8.557040)


Buy + Add To Wish List + £4.99 (£6.99)

Shipping time: In stock | Expected delivery 1-2 days | Free UK Delivery
British Guitar Music


Walton Maxwell Davies Rawsthorne Berkeley Rodney Bennett


Julian Bream was the inspiration for many of the worksby British composers for the guitar. Building on thework of the great guitarist Andres Segovia, Breamcommissioned music from a number of composers withinternational reputations, thus creating a whole newrepertoire of guitar music, which had until then belongedlargely to the sound world of Spain and Latin America.

At the same time Julian Bream played an important r??lein the revival of interest in the Elizabethan lute, with hisrecitals of solo lute music, accompaniments for singerssuch as Peter Pears and Robert Tear, concerts with theharpsichordist George Malcolm and the establishment ofhis own consort, bringing early music to a new audience.

The present recording begins with WilliamWalton's only piece for solo guitar, his five Bagatelles.

Dedicated to Malcolm Arnold, these miniatures havewon firm favour among guitarists. They were firstperformed by Julian Bream in 1972. When Bream hadfirst asked him to write a piece for solo guitar, Waltonhad expressed some uncertainty in taking on such a task.

As he later remarked, \never having thought of writingfor the solo guitar I asked Julian for a fingerboard chart,which would explain what the guitar could do. Imanaged to write some rather pretty pieces for himexcept that the first six notes of the first piece all need tobe played on the open strings. So when he begins toplay, the audience will probably think he's tuning thebloody thing up!"Walton need not have worried: with its fanfare-likeopening, the first Bagatelle seizes the attention at once.

The first section is full of charm and wit fused with jazzyharmonies. This leads to a more melancholic midsection,where a beautiful reflective melody is setagainst lush accompanying chords. A return to theopening material is heard before a conclusion intriumphant style. The second Bagatelle is slightlyreminiscent of Satie, with its hypnotic accompanimentset underneath a cool, breezy melody. The third of theset, entitled Alla Cubana, uses the syncopated rhythmsoften found in Latin-American music. The serene fourthBagatelle leads to a virtuoso tour-de-force fifth, anexciting climax to the set.

One of the leading British composers of today, PeterMaxwell Davies has written compositions that cover awide variety of forms and musical styles, includingworks for the guitar. Farewell to Stromness was, in fact,originally a piano solo from a set of cabaret-style piecescalled The Yellow Cake Revue. It is a simple, hauntinglament, such as a Scottish piper or fiddler might haveplayed. The present arrangement is by Timothy Walker.

Alan Rawsthorne abandoned studies of dentistryand of architecture to enter the Royal ManchesterCollege of Music in 1925, at the age of nineteen,studying the piano with Frank Merrick and later, abroad,with Egon Petri. His Elegy for guitar was his lastcomposition, left unfinished at his death in 1971 andcompleted by Julian Bream. It is a moving work, full ofpassion and deep emotion, and from its broody darkopening Rawsthorne creates an atmosphere of sadnessand despair. A hectic toccata-like section follows beforea return to the opening section, in a work that seems apremonition of mortality.

In 1957 Lennox Berkeley wrote his Sonatina,Op. 52, for Julian Bream, who gave the firstperformance the following year. The first movement isin traditional sonata form, its lyrical opening reminiscentof English folk-song. The second movement suggestsFrench influence, a characteristic trait of a composer ofpartly French ancestry and a pupil of Nadia Boulanger.

It begins with a simple motif that twists and turnsthroughout a variety of moods, magically recalling thereflective delicacy of some of Debussy's piano music.

The final movement is in rondo form.

The same composer's Theme and Variations,Op. 77, was written in 1970 for the Italian guitaristAngelo Gilardino who gave the first performance thefollowing year in Italy. Again as in the Sonatina, bothEnglish and French influences can be heard. The themeis followed by six short and finely crafted variations,with a final variation of particular beauty, ending withan air of meditation.

Berkeley's Quatre pi?¿ces pour la guitare werewritten when the composer was a student of NadiaBoulanger in Paris between 1927 and 1932. Berkeleyhad been present at Andres Segovia's Paris debut recitalin 1924, a performance that must have made a strongimpression on the young composer as the Quatre pi?¿ceswere dedicated to the great Spanish guitarist. Although avery early composition, it demonstrates the composer'sunderstanding of writing for the guitar and of itspossibilities, confirmed in his later guitar pieces.

Curiously Segovia never performed the Quatre pi?¿ces,which were found among his papers only in 2001.

Richard Rodney Bennett is one of the most versatileof British composer/performers. His compositions rangefrom solo instrumental pieces to full symphonic works,and from brass band compositions to opera. As if allthese activities were not enough he writes film musicand regularly performs as a jazz pianist, singer andcomposer, touring extensively throughout the world.

The Five Impromptus of 1968 were his firstcompositions for the guitar, and were dedicated to JulianBream. Each one explores a different mood, restless,tranquil, gritty or sensual.

Graham Devine"
Facts
Item number 8557040
Barcode 747313204021
Release date 22/12/2004
Category Instrumental | Classical Music
Label Naxos Classics | Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Graham Anthony Devine
Composers Lennox Berkeley
Alan Rawsthorne
Richard Rodney Bennett
Peter Maxwell Davies
William Walton
Disc: 1
5 Bagatelles
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Lento
3 III. Alla Cubana
4 IV. (Lento)
5 V. Con Slancio
Farewell to Stromness (arr. T. Walker)
6 Farewell to Stromness (arr. T. Walker)
Elegy
7 Elegy
Sonatina, Op. 52
8 I. Allegretto
9 II. Lento
10 III. Rondo - Allegro non troppo
Theme and Variations, Op. 77
11 Theme and Variations, Op. 77
4 Pieces pour la guitare
12 I. Moderato ma con brio
13 II. Andante con moto
14 III. Lento (Sarabande)
15 IV. Allegro, energico
5 Impromptus
16 I. Recitativo
17 II. Agitato
18 III. Elegiaco
19 IV. Con fuoco
20 V. Arioso
Write your own review
You must log in to be able to write a review
If you like BRITISH GUITAR MUSIC (Graham Anthony Devine) (Naxos: 8.557040), please tell your friends! You can easily share this page directly on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail below.

You may also like.....

Image
£6.49 (£12.99)
A Choral Wedding (Anthems & Hymns for Church Weddings) (Naxos: 8.578196-97)
Image
£4.99 (£6.99)
Various: English Works for Viola and Piano (Naxos: 8.572579)
Image
£4.99 (£6.99)
BROUWER: Guitar Music, Vol. 4 - La Ciudad de las Columnas / Nuevos Estudios Sencillos (Graham Anthony Devine/ Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver) (Naxos: 8.570251)
Image
£4.99 (£6.99)
CHRISTMAS WITH WINCHESTER COLLEGE CHAPEL CHOIR (Christopher Tolley/ Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sara Macliver/ Tim Handley/ William Lacey/ Winchester College Chapel Choir) (Naxos: 8.557965)
ENGLISH SONG (Naxos: 8.557559-60) 8557559-60 23/07/2004 £12.99
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC (Naxos: 8.557557-58) 8557557-58 18/06/2004 £12.99
Guitar Music from Brazil (Graham Anthony Devine/ Norbert Kraft) (Naxos: 8.557295) 8557295 01/04/2004 £4.99 (£6.99)
BERKELEY: Crux Fidelis / Missa Brevis / 3 Latin Motets / A Festival Anthem (Andrew Walton/ Christopher Robinson/ Jonathan Vaughn/ St. John's College Choir/ Cambridge) (Naxos: 8.557277) 8557277 18/07/2003 £4.99 (£6.99)
Few in stock Buy +
BROUWER: Sonata / Hika / Suite No. 2 / Rio de los Orishas (Graham Anthony Devine/ Norbert Kraft) (Naxos: 8.554195) 8554195 01/05/2003 £4.99 (£6.99)
Few in stock Buy +
Guitar Recital: Ana Vidovic (Ana Vidovic) (Naxos: 8.554563) 8554563 01/07/2000 £4.99 (£6.99)
My account
My cart: 0 items