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Laureate Series, Guitar

Audio Samples

>Tárrega, Francisco : Alborada
>Tárrega, Francisco : Capricho arabe
>Tárrega, Francisco : Etude for guitar no 1, En forma de minuetto
>Tárrega, Francisco : El Columpio, for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Rosita, polka for guitar
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Fantasie for guitar, No 1 in C, Op. 7
>Torroba, Federico Moreno : Piezas caracteristicas, for guitar
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Invocacion y Danza for Guitar "Hommage a M de Falla"
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission

Album Summary

>Tárrega, Francisco : Alborada
>Tárrega, Francisco : Capricho arabe
>Tárrega, Francisco : Etude for guitar no 1, En forma de minuetto
>Tárrega, Francisco : El Columpio, for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Rosita, polka for guitar
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Fantasie for guitar, No 1 in C, Op. 7
>Torroba, Federico Moreno : Piezas caracteristicas, for guitar
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Invocacion y Danza for Guitar "Hommage a M de Falla"
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Adriano Del Sal is one of the most significant young guitarists of recent years, whose extraordinary musical talent and total technical control make his performances truly unforgettable, and have earned him no fewer than a dozen first prizes at national and international competitions. For his Naxos recital album he performs a wide-ranging selection of music by much-loved Spanish and Italian composers which showcases his affinity for the Romantic guitar repertoire.

"Del Sal possesses a remarkable technique and a refined musical sensibility. This the Tarrega is all elegance, with subtle rubato and plenty of dynamic shading; the Sor is made to feel like early Beethoven, that is to say, a combination of portentousness and charm...the flamenco outbursts in the Rodrigo appropriately seem to come from a darkly smouldering core." - Gramophone

American Record Guide - Kenneth Keaton
... this is a promising recital from a talented artist, and I look forward to hearing more from him.

To read the complete review, please visit American Record Guide online.

Gramophone - William Yeoman
A prize-winning young guitarist presents a wide-ranging recital

It's not often you get to hear Fernando Sor and Ennio Morricone on the same programme. But that's just one of the attractions in this enjoyable recital by young guitarist Adriano Del Sal, 2009 winner of the Tßrrega International Guitar Competition, which is held each year in Benecasim, Spain. Admittedly Carlo Marchione's arrangement for solo guitar of the famous "Gabriel's Oboe" from Morricone's score for The Mission is strictly encore fare, and Del Sal does well to perform it last here, where it makes for an enjoyable after-dinner mint.

The real meat-and-potatoes is Fernando Sor's superb Fantaisie, Op 7, and Rodrigo's equally fine Invocaci=n y danza, with a selection of miniatures by Tßrrega serving as an entrTe and Torroba's colourful PiFces caractTristiques as a palette cleanser between courses. A serial first prize-winner in numerous international competitions, Del Sal possesses a remarkable technique and a refined musical sensibility. Thus the Tßrrega is all elegance, with subtle rubato and plenty of dynamic shading; the Sor is made to feel like early Beethoven, that is to say, a combination of portentousness and charm; the Torroba is beautifully characterised (I especially enjoyed the exuberance of "Los mayos" and the generous tone of the final "Panorama"); the flamenco outbursts in the Rodrigo appropriately seem to come from a darkly smouldering core. So, another fine addition to Naxos's Laureate Series, which has over the years brought so many wonderful young guitarists to the attention of the broader listening public.

Allmusic.com - V. Vasan
The classical guitar is an especially challenging instrument, in that one must accompany oneself. That is, the guitarist is playing both melody and harmony at the same time, and one cannot be compromised at the expense of the other. Adriano Del Sal does a fine job of accompanying himself in this album, in which two distinct musical personalities emerge. The first half of this album features works composed in the 19th century that might be known to any classical guitar aficionado. The first set of five pieces by Francisco Tßrrega are played with a delicate sensitivity that makes it clear Del Sal has paid very careful attention to the phrasing. For example, Capricho ßrabe and El Columpio are taken at very slow tempi, which pose the risk of making the pieces fall flat and be boring. However, Del Sal is so careful an artist that he uses the slow tempi and rubati to convey much emotion and subtle phrasing; he is clearly savoring the music. Sor's Fantaisie begins with a dirge-like quality that is somber and mournful, and the second movement of theme and variations sound rather like a harp when played in a higher register. Perhaps the variations do not emerge as distinctly as they possibly could, even though Del Sal's dramatic chords at the beginning of one variation are certainly exciting. The second half of the album reveals a whole new character in the artist, one that is mature, confident, and features excellent technique that never comes at the expense of musically sensitive phrasing. Torroba's PiFces caractTristiques are written in a more modern tonality (20th century, as opposed to the previous works on the album), and the listener gets a clear sense of the chord structures beneath the flow of the melody. The last movement, "Panorama," brilliantly revisits all of the previous movements. Joaqufn Rodrigo is best known for his Concierto de Aranjuez, but the Invocaci=n y danza is equally as enjoyable. Once again, Del Sal plays with confidence and even fire, making a growing crescendo sound like an orchestra coming to life. The complex piece requires intricate phrasing, as it sounds as though it was written for two instruments. The album concludes with Morricone's Gabriel's Oboe, a piece many listeners will recognize from the film The Mission. Here, Del Sal returns to his more delicate, sensitive style of playing. This 2010 album shows an artist at work and at growth. He has promise to develop as a very complex artist.

Halesowen News - Kevin Bryan
Award winning young Italian classical guitarist Adriano Del Sal makes his Naxos debut with an enchanting recital featuring works by many of the leading lights of the genre. Pieces by Tarrega, Sor, Torroba and Joaquin Rodrigo all provide excellent vehicles for Adriano's impeccable technique,and the CD closes with "Gabriel's Oboe," the evocative composition which Ennio Morricone penned for the 1986 Robert De Niro/Jeremy Irons film, "The Mission."

WRUV Reviews - Laima
A collection of works either for classical guitar or transcribed for it, by composers Tarrega, Sor, Rodrigo and Morricone (for oboe). Try 2, 6, 8, 13.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Matthias Dammann (guitar).

Recording information: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010).



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Works Details

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Alborada
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Capricho árabe
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Etude for guitar no 1, En forma de minuetto
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : El Columpio, for guitar
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Rosita, polka for guitar
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Fantasie for guitar, No 1 in C, Op. 7
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Torroba, Federico Moreno : Piezas características, for guitar
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Invocación y Danza for Guitar "Hommage a M de Falla"
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
  • Performer: Adriano Del Sal (Guitar)
  • Notes: St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (07/29/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern