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Agustin Barrios International Guitar Competition, Vol. 2: Emanuele Buono - Music by Leo Brouwer

Audio Samples

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Estudios Sencillos (20) for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Nuevos estudios sencillos, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Preludios epigramaticos, for guitar

Album Summary

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Estudios Sencillos (20) for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Nuevos estudios sencillos, for guitar
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Preludios epigramaticos, for guitar
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Notes & Reviews:

After the success of the First Barrios Guitar Competition CD (Elise Neumann, BC9287), this second issue by the 2012 winner Emanuele Buono establishes the extremely high level of this competition. This CD features Studies and Preludes by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, one of the best-known and appealing guitar composers of the 20th century.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The program is an attractive one. It's nice to have all three sets of Brouwer's Simple Studies - one of the best ways to introduce students to some new music techniques of the past century. The Nuevos Estudios Sencillos was recorded by Graham Anthony Divine for the Naxos series of Brouwer (M/A 2008). His performance is more imaginative. The program also includes the Preludios Epigramaticos, six haunting miniatures inspired by the poetry of Miguel Hernandez, who was a martyr in the Spanish Civil War. Buono's playing is excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: ME.TO. Recording Studio, Asti, Italy (12/22/2012-12/30/2012).



Reviews

Buono Meets Brouwer
“Brouwer – Estudios Sencillos – Preludios Epigramaticos”
Emanuele Buono Brilliant Classics

Talented young guitarist Emanuele Buono has recorded a collection of studies and brief preludes by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Mr. Brouwer’s music is often lyrical and always surprising, with many melodic twists and unexpected harmonies.

If there’s any complaint to be made, it would be with the brevity of some of the pieces, a few of which are so short as to feel more like notions than fully realized themes. While this approach can be effective in the studies written in homage to composers as varied as Sor and Stravinsky, it can leave the listener hanging; just when the melody gets interesting, the piece is over. As with a few of Paganini’s “Ghiribizzi”, one keeps hoping for an occasional repeat sign, though, given the difficulty of Mr. Brouwer’s music, it is unlikely that the average guitar student would agree.

Mr. Buono’s guitar playing is anything but average. Flawless technique is to be expected from the winner of so many international guitar competitions; the surprise with Mr. Buono is in the depth and maturity of his musical understanding, which brings an emotional coherence and sense of unity to this collection of diverse technical studies.

Mr. Brouwer’s music gets less exposure here in the US than it deserves, for reasons both aesthetic and political. With luck, this recording by Emanuele Buono will go some way toward rectifying that.

Highly recommended for guitar students, this recording should also come in useful for singer/songwriters seeking new melodic ideas and chord structures to “ borrow”.

Recommended 81/2 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano



Submitted on 08/24/13 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Estudios Sencillos (20) for guitar
  • Performer: Emanuele Buono (Guitar)
  • Notes: ME.TO. Recording Studio, Asti, Italy (12/22/2012-12/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Nuevos estudios sencillos, for guitar
  • Performer: Emanuele Buono (Guitar)
  • Notes: ME.TO. Recording Studio, Asti, Italy (12/22/2012-12/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2001

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Preludios epigramaticos, for guitar
  • Performer: Emanuele Buono (Guitar)
  • Notes: ME.TO. Recording Studio, Asti, Italy (12/22/2012-12/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1981