Easy Studies for Guitar, Volume 1

Easy Studies for Guitar, Volume 1
Composer Alexandre Tansman, Eduardo Garrido, Nikita Koshkin
Artist Cristiano Porqueddu guitar
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95402
EAN code 5028421954028
Release December 2016

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The growing library of guitar music on Brilliant Classics already encompasses several albums of etudes and miniatures written for students and amateur players. From rare to well-known, there are the studies of Gangi (BC95204), Tansman (BC95221), Castelnuovo-Tedesco (BC95219) and Gilardino (BC9285), among many others.

The Gilardino album features the artistry of guitarist and composer Cristiano Porqueddu, who has made several other well-received albums for Brilliant Classics, including collections of rarely encountered composers in ‘Novecento Guitar Preludes’ (BC9292) and ‘Novecento Guitar Sonatas’ (BC9455), both of which include many first recordings. Reviewing the set of Preludes, MusicWeb International praised the ‘coruscating variety, fine recorded sound and lovingly shaped playing… Porqueddu’s playing is miraculously clean and there’s very little fret noise.’

Porqueddu’s appetite for the unusual and sense of adventure is further confirmed by a new set of ‘Easy Studies for Guitar’, containing music that is as satisfying to listen to as it is relatively unchallenging to master for the intermediate-to-advanced student guitarist. Only Tansman has a currency outside guitarists, but the other three, more contemporary figures speak with powerfully individual voices.

The Russian composer-guitarist Nikita Koshkin may be a particularly welcome discovery for non-initiates: born in 1956, he counts the music of Shostakovich and Prokofiev as important early influences, but his own music lies within the Spanish guitar tradition, while employing more modern harmonies and building to climaxes of unexpected tension and drama. Born in Granada in 1975, Eduardo Garrido now teaches and composes in Mexico, and in his studies can also be heard a non-native wildness and urgency, for all that they are sympathetically composed with intermediate students in mind.

Master guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu embarks on a praiseworthy and ambitious recording project: Easy Studies for Guitar, works written by famous or less well known composers with the special aim to educate, challenge, develop and entertain the aspiring guitar student. The works focus on certain technical issues disguised as it were in the musical content and its emotions.
The first CD contains works by Eduardo Garrido, Nikita Koshkin, Alexandre Tansman and Reginald Smith-Brindle.
Cristiano Porqueddu, who already recorded more than 40 CD’s, all of them to great critical acclaim, takes his task seriously, always finding the right atmosphere and character of these delightful musical gems, aided by his immaculate technique.
Excellent liner notes written by the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: I. Sosegado
  2. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: II. Danzante
  3. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: III. Enigmatico
  4. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: IV. Inquieto
  5. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: V. Festivo
  6. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: VI. Melanconico
  7. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: VII. Reflexivo
  8. 8 Short Studies for Guitar: VIII. Agitado
  9. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: I. Intrada
  10. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: II. Melody
  11. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: III. Dance
  12. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: IV. Ballad
  13. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: V. Snowflakes
  14. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: VI. Desert
  15. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: VII. Five Crotchets
  16. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: VIII. Dialogue
  17. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: IX. Elephant
  18. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: X. Waltz
  19. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XI. Without Landscape
  20. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XII. Ceremony
  21. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XIII. Ukrainian Folk Song
  22. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XIV. Carcassi
  23. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XV. Etude
  24. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XVI. Humoresque
  25. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XVII. The Sailor's Fate
  26. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XVIII. Jota
  27. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XIX. Polka
  28. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XX. Jig
  29. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XXI. Dotted Line
  30. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XXII. Choros
  31. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XXIII. Aria
  32. 24 Easy Studies for Guitar: XXIV. Amphion

Disk 2

  1. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: I. The Harmony of Peace
  2. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: II. Counterpoints I
  3. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: III. Calm Intervals
  4. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: IV. Counterpoints II
  5. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: V. Canto
  6. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: VI. Corsa
  7. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: VII. Llanura
  8. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: VIII. Littles Barrés
  9. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: IX. Cantilena
  10. “10 Simple Preludes for Guitar”: X. Arpeggios
  11. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: I. Chant lointain
  12. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: II. Ostinato
  13. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: III. Sarabande
  14. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: IV. Aria
  15. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: V. Petite marche militaire
  16. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: VI. Polonaise
  17. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: VII. Tarentelle
  18. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: VIII. En passant
  19. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: IX. Toccata
  20. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: X. Intermezzo
  21. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: XI. Sérénades
  22. 12 Pièces faciles pour guitar: XII. Triolets