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Ernst Bacon (1898-1990): The Complete Works for Classical Guitar / Bradley Colten, guitar

Album Summary

>Bacon, Ernst : Pieces (4) for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Toro, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Nuka, for piano
>Bacon, Ernst : Coon Hollow, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Cambiataria (Moderato), for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Cambiataria (Comodo), for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : A Christmas Canon, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Anniversary Canon, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Marinio, canon for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Just Wondering, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : The Erie Canal, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Bothin Street, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Allegro, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Episode, for guitar
>Bacon, Ernst : Pieces (2) for guitar
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Notes & Reviews:

This solo guitar recording by Bradley Colten consists of nineteen solo pieces, and approximately sixty minutes of music. It presents the newly unearthed, complete works for guitar solo by American composer Ernst Bacon.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The works are mostly brief, with only a few longer than five minutes. Colten proposes that four of the works be considered a multi-movement suite: 'Parting', 'Fulfillment', 'Quiet Hallelujah', and 'The Morning Star'. The four manuscripts are marked with successive Roman numerals, and the musical style is consistent. The rest of the music. It has a warm feeling of nostalgic beauty that I quite enjoy. Thanks to Dr Colten for his rescue of an important set of music.



Reviews

Melodic American Melodist Rediscovered
Bradley Colten ďThe Complete Works for Solo Guitar-Ernst BaconĒ AZICA

The little known early 20th century American modernist, Ernst Bacon, was widely praised in his day as a composer of over 250 art songs (notably musical settings for the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman), as well as chamber music and works for both piano and orchestra. His only known composition for guitar was published in 1968 and has long been out of print, which makes Bradley Coltenís excellent new recording of his works for solo guitar such a unique listening experience.
Working from the composerís own hand written manuscripts in consultation with Baconís guitarist son, Joseph, for whom these pieces were written, Mr. Colten has given us all a chance to hear music which, until now, was only known within the composerís immediate family.
Ranging from entire suites down to less-than-a-minute-long minatures, Baconís music bears many of the best traits of early American modernism; the harmonic palette is stretched to include newer, more dissonant sounds, while the use of elements of the folk tradition brings the music back toward a melodic center.
Obviously a labor of love, Bradley Coltenís well played and recorded ďThe Complete Works for Solo Guitar-Ernst BaconĒ makes a very welcome addition to the modern classical guitar repertoire. A must-have for guitar and/or composition students (and a virtual goldmine for songwriters seeking melodic inspiration), it is also full of pleasant surprises for the general listener.

Highest Recommendation 10 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano

Submitted on 10/08/14 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Bacon, Ernst : Pieces (4) for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : Toro, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Bacon, Ernst : Nuka, for piano
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : Coon Hollow, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Bacon, Ernst : Cambiataria (Moderato), for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Bacon, Ernst : Cambiataria (Comodo), for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Bacon, Ernst : A Christmas Canon, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1964

>Bacon, Ernst : Anniversary Canon, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Bacon, Ernst : Marinio, canon for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1988

>Bacon, Ernst : Just Wondering, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : The Erie Canal, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : Bothin Street, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : Allegro, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : Episode, for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : Pieces (2) for guitar
  • Performer: Bradley Colten (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern