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Unreal City: Guitar Sonatas by Ginastera, Ligeti, Halffter et al. / Kostas Tosidis, guitar

Album Summary

>Ginastera, Alberto : Guitar Sonata, Op. 47
>Hurwitz, Tal : Guitar Sonata
>Ligeti, György : Sonata for Cello solo
>Halffter, Cristobal : Sonata for violin, Op. 20
>Ourkouzounov, Atanas : Sonata for guitar no 2 ("Hommage à Bartók")
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Sonata fosters challenging and innovative ideas and is the playground for musical innovation. For his recording, Kostas Tosidis chose five sonatas of five contemporary composers that create completely different results of sound and structure. The starting points are astonishingly similar as all five sonatas try to reconcile the demands of contemporary music with their musical roots by including elements of their respective national traditions. The recording shows the quality of current guitar music as state of the art with general developments of the Avant-garde and its followers.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Greek guitarist Kostas Tosidis follows the path of many - studies with distinguished figures, quite a number of prizes in international competitions - and currently works as Eliot Fisk's assistant at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He presents a challenging - for performer and listener - program of five contemporary sonatas for guitar, two of which are transcriptions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Videostudio University Mozarteum (06/2012/06/2013).



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Works Details

>Ginastera, Alberto : Guitar Sonata, Op. 47
  • Performer: Kostas Tosidis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Hurwitz, Tal : Guitar Sonata
  • Performer: Kostas Tosidis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ligeti, György : Sonata for Cello solo
  • Performer: Kostas Tosidis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Halffter, Cristobal : Sonata for violin, Op. 20
  • Performer: Kostas Tosidis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1959

>Ourkouzounov, Atanas : Sonata for guitar no 2 ("Hommage à Bartók")
  • Performer: Kostas Tosidis (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary