venerdì 26 ottobre 2012

Review of Rossiniane, Pot Pourri di Claudio Maccari- Paolo Pugliese, Brilliant 2007


Italian Translation

Mauro Giuliani is one of the most important composers and point of reference for the classical guitar repertoire, composer and performer born in Bisceglie, near Bari, in 1781 and died in Naples in 1829, was active mainly in Vienna, where he had contacts with musicians of his contemporaries as Hummel, Haydn, Beethoven. The friendship that bound him to Rossini is well attested, in fact, with the Rossiniane opp. 119-124, six musics explicitly inspired and reflecting on guitar the themes of the works of famous composer from Pesaro. This kind of composition also reflects a widespread practice in early nineteenth century bourgeois: to play in the "lounge" dimension music then in vogue. The intent was to able to stimulate, imitatine through allusions and quotations, the fashion music heard in the major theaters of Vienna and Paris, the curiosity of a bourgeoisie that took part in the musical life of that time. So a kind of amateur flavor, the one by the Rossiane which should not be confused with the music of poor quality. In this work of three compact discs Masters Claudio Maccari and Paolo Pugliese are able to recreate that good cocktaill between the harmonies of Rossini and the virtuosity of Mauro Giuliani that was so successful that even by the appearance of the music from the early nineteenth century.
The photo that shows the two Masters in the CD cover with their faces and eyes smiling in the company of their "vintage" guitars represents the entire satisfaction for an excellent job both in terms of amount of repertoire for both the interesting and philological care with which the recordings were made. In fact, in the three CDs there are not only teh Rossiniane but also Pout-Pourri opp. 18-26-28-31-42-108, Grand Overture op. 61 and the Gran Sonata Eroica op.150 for a total of over 180 minutes of music at high quality! The quality of recordings is remarkable for the high skill of the musicians, long appreciated specialists in nineteenth-century repertoire, and the attention devoted to philological attempt to perform these pieces as much as possible trying to recreate the atmosphere and the musical context in which they were created and executed. All musics were recorded with the original instruments of the time: the guitars Guadagnin 1819, Pons 1825 and Guadagni 1830 from the collections of the two interpreters, and for the Pons's from the collection of Giovanni Accornero, strictly tuned in the 425 Hz. In the booklet and CD are given the history of these guitars and exact references to Rossini arias, which at times with a distracted listening, may escape the titles of arias and works cited. Recording clean and balanced accurately highlighting all the colors of this music so fascinating.

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