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Contemporary Italian Music for Guitar Quartet by Nicotra; Schiavone; Jappelli; Sollima; Maderna / Guitalian Quartet

Album Summary

>Nicotra, Carmelo : Absinthium, for 4 guitars
>Schiavone, Mauro : Quartet for guitars no 5
>Jappelli, Nicola : Katastroph Polka, for 4 guitars
>Sollima, Giovanni : Bestiario di Leonardo, for 4 guitars
>Arca, Paolo : Waltz for 4 guitars
>Maderna, Bruno : Serenata per un satellite, for 4 guitars
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Guitalian Quartet comprises four Italian guitar soloists who have joined forces to present new Italian compositions for guitar quartet. Most of this music has been composed for the Guitalians and presents a wide-ranging view of compositional style in present day Italy. A unifying theme through all the compositions is the use of the medium of guitar quartet as a vehicle for virtuoso display. The members of the Guitalian Quartet are: Guido Fichtner, Claudio Marcotulli, Maurizio Norrito and Stefano Palamidessi.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
All these works are first recordings - even the Maderna is a premiere in the arrangement for four guitars. Carmelo Nicotra's Absinthum is a lovely piece, in four sections alternating slow and fast and dreaminess with frenzy. Mauro Schiavone has written several quartets for various combinations. The fifth is for four guitars, conceived as a work for one 24-string guitar. Leonardo da Vinci, in one of his more playful moments, conceived of a series of imaginary animals, and five from his bestiary are reimagined musically in Giovanni Sollima's Bestiario di Leonardo. Bruno Maderna's Serenata per un Satellite celebrated the launch of the European ESRO 1 satellite in 1969. It was written for any set of four instruments, and this is the first time four guitars were used. The Guitalian Quartet plays marvelously. Ensemble is faultless, balance perfect, and their interpretations distinctive and often moving.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Civica Scuola delle Arti, Rome (01/2011).



Reviews

A terrific program
The Guitalian Quartet is comprised of four top-flight classical guitarists who perform together with seamless precision. This new release from Bridge presents a wonderful program of contemporary Italian guitar quartet music.

Giovanni Sollima's "Beastiario di Leonardo" depicts the exotic beasts of Da Vinci's imagination with equally imaginative writing for the ensemble. Sollima conjures up swirling wraiths of sound for the shining Lumerpa, undulating melodies for the Alep (fish), busy, bustling chords for the horned Ceresta, and so on.

Bruno Maderna wrote "Serenata per un satellite" in 1969 with an unusual score that can be combined and interpreted many different ways. The work has a metallic quality to it soft, slow sections with sudden bursts of energy. The Guitalian Quartet captures the essence of this aleatoric work in a performance that sounds both spontaneous and inspired.

The quartet rounds out the album with short but well-crafted works by Carmelo Nicotra, Mauro Shiavone, Nicola Jappelli, and Paolo Arca. An enjoyable and engaging album from start to finish.
Submitted on 07/30/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Nicotra, Carmelo : Absinthium, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Guitalian Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schiavone, Mauro : Quartet for guitars no 5
  • Ensemble: Guitalian Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Jappelli, Nicola : Katastroph Polka, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Guitalian Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sollima, Giovanni : Bestiario di Leonardo, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Guitalian Quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arca, Paolo : Waltz for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Guitalian Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Maderna, Bruno : Serenata per un satellite, for 4 guitars
  • Ensemble: Guitalian Quartet
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969