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SOR: 24 Exercises, Op. 35 / Pieces de Societe, Op. 33 (Bonnie Silver/ Steven Novacek) (Naxos: 8.553341)


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One of the greatest composers born in Spain during the eighteenth century, Fernando Sor first set out life as an opera composer, and later wrote symphonies, string quartets and sacred works. Now he is almost entirely known for his solo guitar music, though we may not have had this if he had not had a few lucky escapes fighting the French during the invasion of 1808.



But then he made the fateful decision of going over to the French side and worked on their administration during the occupation of Spain and was therefore forced to leave his homeland when the French retreated five years later. He eventually found asylum in London where he composed a ballet Cendrillon (Cinderella) which achieved such fame that it was danced over one hundred times at the Paris Opera, and was chosen to open the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1823.



This disc is part of the Sor Guitar Series on the Naxos label, and was recorded by the brilliant musician Steven Novacek at the studio in Newmarket, Canada in January 1995.



For hi-fi buffs we should point out that it uses twenty-bit technology for high definition sound.

Facts
Item number 8553341
Barcode 730099434126
Release date 01/01/2000
Category Instrumental | Classical Music
Label Naxos Classics | Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Steven Novacek
Composers Fernando Sor
Producers Bonnie Silver
Disc: 1
Trois Pieces de Societe, Op. 33
1 No. 1 - Introduction and Allegretto
2 No. 2 - Andante and Valse
3 No. 3 - Sicilienne
4 No. 3 - March
Vingt-Quatre Exercises, Book I, Op. 35
5 No. 1 Andante
6 No. 2 Andantino
7 No. 3 Larghetto
8 No. 4
9 No. 5 Allegretto
10 No. 6
11 No. 7 Andante
12 No. 8 Allegretto
13 No. 9 Andante
14 No. 10
15 No. 11 Allegretto
16 No. 12 Andantino moderato
Vingt-Quatre Exercises, Book II, Op. 35
17 No. 13 Andante
18 No. 14 Andante
19 No. 15 Allegretto
20 No. 16 Moderato
21 No. 17 Moderato
22 No. 18 Andantino
23 No. 19 Moderato
24 No. 20 Tempo di minuetto
25 No. 21 Andante
26 No. 22 Allegretto
27 No. 23 Andante
28 No. 24 Allegro moderato
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