Sor: Complete Studies for Guitar

Sor: Complete Studies for Guitar
Composer Fernando Sor
Artist Enea Leone guitar
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94791
EAN code 5028421947914
Release August 2014

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The Catalan composer Fernando Sor composed prolifically for the guitar, and his works form a key part of the classical guitar repertoire. He was also an accomplished and acclaimed guitarist, and a teacher who often performed his own guitar duets with his pupils. This collection brings together his complete studies for the instrument, from progressive pieces that were conceived for beginners to fiendishly difficult studies aimed at skilled musicians.

The Op.6 Studies are some of Sor’s best-known works, and although they constitute one of his earliest collections of compositions, they nonetheless showcase his refined idiom and masterful approach to polyphony. Published around ten years later, the Op.29 Studies are even more sophisticated and demanding than the Op.6 collection, featuring a wider range of keys, techniques and styles. These formidable studies are complemented by the sets of Progressive Lessons and Exercises – much simpler works, but nonetheless strikingly beautiful and full of character. Indeed, while Sor’s studies clearly demonstrate his profound understanding of the guitar, he never focuses exclusively on technique to the detriment of artistry and musicality. In short, this collection is essential listening for classical guitar enthusiasts.

Award-winning guitarist Enea Leone has won wide acclaim from the international press for his ‘ability to capture the listener’s attention right from the outset’ (Musica) and his ‘remarkable technique that allows him to play the music with great fluency and clarity’ (Il Fromino).

Other information:
- Recorded in 2013 in Italy.
- Spanish composer Fernando Sor was one of the most important composers for his instrument, the guitar. He wrote extensively for it: sonatas, sonatinas, fantasias, character pieces, and a large body of “Etudes”, which are collected completely on these 3 CD’s.
- The studies cover a wide range of technical features in order of increasing difficulty, from simple beginner to an advanced professional level. In all studies the technical issue serves as a starting point of a purely musical discourse, never losing itself in dry technical exercises. Many a musical gem is hidden in these cycles of studies!
- Excellently played, with loving care and commitment, by guitarist Enea Leone, who recorded an impressive Integrale of the studies by Castelnuovo-Tedesco for Brilliant Classics.
- Booklet includes liner notes and biography in English and Italian.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 1, Andante
  2. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 2, Andante
  3. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 3, Allegretto moderato
  4. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 4, Andante
  5. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 5, Andantino
  6. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 6, Andante
  7. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 7, Andantino
  8. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 8, Andante
  9. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 9, Allegretto
  10. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 10, Cantabile
  11. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 11, Moderato
  12. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 12, Andante
  13. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 13, Andante
  14. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 14, Andantino
  15. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 15, Allegretto
  16. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 16, Moderato
  17. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 17, Andantino
  18. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 18, Moderato
  19. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 19, Andante
  20. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 20, Andante allegro
  21. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 21, Andantino cantabile
  22. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 22, Tempo di marcia. Moderato
  23. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 23, Mouvement de prière
  24. 24 Progressive Lessons, Op. 31: No. 24, Allegretto moderato
  25. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 1, Andante
  26. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 2, Andantino
  27. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 3, Larghetto
  28. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 4, Allegretto
  29. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 5, Allegretto
  30. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 6, Andantino
  31. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 7, Andante
  32. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 8, Allegretto
  33. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 9, Andante
  34. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 10, Andante
  35. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 11, Allegretto
  36. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 12, Andantino moderato
  37. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 13, Andante
  38. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 14, Andante
  39. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 15, Allegretto
  40. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 16, Moderato
  41. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 17, Moderato
  42. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 18, Andantino
  43. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 19, Moderato
  44. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 20, Tempo di minuetto
  45. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 21, Andante
  46. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 22, Allegretto
  47. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 23, Andante
  48. 24 Exercises, Op. 35: No. 24, Allegretto moderato

Disk 2

  1. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 1, Andante
  2. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 2, Allegretto
  3. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 3, Andantino
  4. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 4, Allegretto moderato
  5. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 5, Andantino
  6. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 6, Moderato
  7. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 7, Andante allegro
  8. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 8, Allegretto
  9. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 9, Andantino
  10. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 10, Allegretto
  11. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 11, Andante
  12. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 12, Andantino
  13. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 13, Allegretto
  14. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 14, Tempo di minuetto: Moderato
  15. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 15, Andante
  16. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 16, Andante
  17. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 17, Cantabile
  18. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 18, Marche
  19. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 19, Allegretto
  20. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 20, Andantino
  21. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 21, Andante
  22. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 22, Andantino
  23. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 23, Allegro moderato
  24. 24 Short Progressive Pieces, Op. 44: No. 24, Valse
  25. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 1
  26. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 2
  27. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 3
  28. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 4
  29. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 5
  30. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 6
  31. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 7
  32. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 8
  33. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 9
  34. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 10
  35. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 11
  36. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 12
  37. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 13
  38. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 14, Andante
  39. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 15, Allegro
  40. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 16, Andantino
  41. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 17, Allegro moderato
  42. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 18
  43. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 19
  44. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 20
  45. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 21, Allegretto
  46. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 22, Allegretto moderato
  47. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 23, Andantino
  48. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 24, Allegro moderato
  49. 25 Progressive Lessons, Op. 60: No. 25, Andante cantabile

Disk 3

  1. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 1, Allegro moderato
  2. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 2, Andante allegro
  3. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 3, Andante
  4. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 4, Allegretto
  5. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 5, Andante
  6. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 6, Allegro
  7. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 7, Allegro
  8. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 8, Andantino
  9. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 9, Andante allegro
  10. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 10, Moderato
  11. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 11, Allegro moderato
  12. 12 Studies, Op. 6: No. 12, Andante
  13. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 13, Andante lento
  14. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 14, Andante moderato
  15. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 15, Andantino
  16. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 16, Lento assai
  17. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 17, Allegro moderato
  18. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 18, Andante
  19. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 19, Andante
  20. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 20, Moderato
  21. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 21, Lento
  22. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 21, Andantino
  23. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 23, Allegretto
  24. 12 Studies, Op. 29: No. 24, Andante

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