Various Artists / Sharon Isbin (Guitar) / Pacifica Quartet: Souvenirs of Spain & Italy
Album: Sharon Isbin (Guitar) / Pacifica Quartet: Souvenirs of Spain & Italy   Collection:Classical
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Oct 2022
Label:Cedille Records  

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Add Date: 2022-10-30 Pull Date: 2023-01-01 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Nov 13
Airplays: 1

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1. Nov 09, 2022: Virtually Happy
Guitar Quintet, Op. 143

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2022-10-01
This recording (January 19-21, 2019) assembles three combinations of plucked and bowed strings, by composers who shared an Italian heritage and Spanish cultural affinities. All the pieces extend what had been originally the lute tradition; and even the most contemporary of the composers, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968), called himself an “anti-modernist.” His 1939 Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, written for virtuoso Andres Segovia, represents one of the first modern examples of this chamber music genre, a work in a genial, folk style, affectionate in its use of Spanish scalar effects and habanera rhythm.
Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto, here transcribed for guitar, is a product of his travel to Prague, in Bohemia, c. 1730. In this arrangement by Emilio Pujol, the viola takes the second violin part. The middle movement Largo has gained a renown of its own, often appearing in dream-sequences in film.
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) composed his La oracion del Torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer) in 1925 for lute quartet. The piece captures the concentrated intimacy and piety of a prayer in an incense-filled chapel, where considerations of mortality occupy the toreador’s thoughts.
Italian composer Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) absorbed the flamenco style of Spain, even while cultivating Italian and French styles into his significant number of compositions. He wrote his Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D Major in 1798, one of some dozen he created for Francois de Borgia of Benavente, a Spanish nobleman who had mastered the guitar. Boccherini himself was a master cellist, and his cello concertos, too, occupy a large part of the modern repertory. The most famous movement of this popular work is the last, the Fandango, in festive colors, supported by the strings and castanets.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Quintet, Op. 143, I. Allegro, Vivo E Schietto (5:53)
2. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco II. Andante Mesto (6:54)
3. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco III. Scherzo: Allegro Con Spirito, Alla Marcia (4:49)
4. Mario Castelneuov0-Tedesco IV. Finale: Allegro Con Fuoco (6:02)
5. Antonio Vivaldi Guitar Concerto in D Major, RV 93. I. Allegro (3:42)
6. Antonio Vivaldi II. Largo (5:00)
7. Antonio Vivaldi III. Allegro (2:16)
8. Joaquin Turina La Oracion Del Torero for String Quartet, Op. 34 (7:56)
9. Luigi Boccherini Quintet No. 4 in D Major for Guitar and String Quartet, G.448 I. Pastorale (4:45
10. Luigi Boccherini II. Allegro Maestoso (6:43)
11. Luigi Boccherini III. Grave Assai – Fandango (6:59)