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Manuel Ponce: Guitar Music, Vol. 3 - Four Guitar Sonatas / Aleksandr Tsiboulski

Album Summary

>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata for guitar No 1 ("Mexicana")
>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata Clásica for guitar (Hommage à Fernando Sor)
>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata for Guitar no 3
>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata Romántica for guitar
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although he was already an established figure in Mexico City, Manuel Ponce's life was transformed after meeting the guitar virtuoso Andrés Segovia in 1923. Their subsequent life-long friendship and artistic collaboration started with the sprightly wit and airy playfulness of the Sonata 'Mexicana'. The Third Sonata reveals Ponce's romantic-era roots and his affinity for Chopin, while the Sonata clásica is both an homage to Fernando Sor and Mozart's delightful Italian operatic style. The remarkable Sonate romantique is almost like a lost work by Schubert. Peeling aside Segovia's editorial changes, Aleksandr Tsiboulski's performances return as much as possible to Ponce's original manuscripts.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Tsiboulski's performance is quite fine. This is the third in Naxos's survey of Ponce's guitar works, and his teacher Adam Holzman did the first two. His performances are delightful - expressive, technically strong, with a strong grasp of the architecture of each work. Indeed, his Sonata Mexicana is the finest I've ever heard - sparkling with pure delight. While his Sonata Romantica is strong, Gerard Abiton's performance in his set of the complete works for guitar (Mar/Apr 2015) is truly remarkable. He captures the Schubert in each of the movements better than anyone I've heard. Competition for Sonata III is fierce. Tsiboulski is fine.

If you want all four sonatas on one disc, this is an excellent recommendation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (04/21/2014-04/24/2014).



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>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata for guitar No 1 ("Mexicana")
  • Performer: Aleksandr Tsiboulski (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (04/21/2014-04/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata Clásica for guitar (Hommage à Fernando Sor)
  • Performer: Aleksandr Tsiboulski (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (04/21/2014-04/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata for Guitar no 3
  • Performer: Aleksandr Tsiboulski (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (04/21/2014-04/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Ponce, Manuel : Sonata Romántica for guitar
  • Performer: Aleksandr Tsiboulski (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (04/21/2014-04/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929