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Manuel Castillo (1930-2005): Guitar Music - Kasidas del Alcázar; Sonata; Guitar Quintet / Marcello Fantoni, guitar soloist; Marco Ramelli, guitar; Eleonora Mosca, voice; Castillo Quartet

Album Summary

>Castillo, Manuel del : Sonata for guitar
>Castillo, Manuel del : Kasidas del Alcazar, for 2 guitars
>Castillo, Manuel del : Preludes (3) for guitar
>Castillo, Manuel del : Vientecillo de Primavera (Spring Breeze), for guitar
>Castillo, Manuel del : Quintet with Guitar, for guitar & string quartet
>Castillo, Manuel del : Canción de cuna (Cradle Song), for guitar
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Spanish composer Manuel Castillo wrote prolifically in a wide range of genres. His works for guitar, many of which are unpublished, reveal a keen awareness of the instrument's expressive and virtuosic potential, whether in the passionate energy of the Sonata or the evocative imagery of the beautiful Kasidas del Alcazar, inspired by the kasidas (an Arabic poetic form) of the 20th-century Sevillian poet Joaquin Romero Murube. The masterly Quintet with Guitar is an important addition to the small body of twentieth-century works for guitar and string quartet.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The most interesting piece is the quintet, which recalls Bartok in his expressionist period. In particular, II catches the sense of stasis like the middle movement of the 4th Quartet. The final set of variations brings to mind Messiaen. I found Fantoni's playing admirable. I have the same response to this performance. I do admire his skill and commitment. He has no technical problems, and his range of color and dynamics is impressive. For anyone interested in discovering a new voice for the guitar.



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Works Details

>Castillo, Manuel del : Sonata for guitar
  • Performer: Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Castillo Quartet
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Castillo, Manuel del : Kasidas del Alcazar, for 2 guitars
  • Performers: Marcello Fantoni (Guitar); Marco Ramelli (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Castillo, Manuel del : Preludes (3) for guitar
  • Performer: Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Castillo, Manuel del : Vientecillo de Primavera (Spring Breeze), for guitar
  • Performer: Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Castillo, Manuel del : Quintet with Guitar, for guitar & string quartet
  • Performer: Marcello Fantoni (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1975

>Castillo, Manuel del : Canción de cuna (Cradle Song), for guitar
  • Performers: Marcello Fantoni (Guitar); Eleonora Mosca (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1954