Sor & Coste: Complete Works for Guitar Duo

Sor & Coste: Complete Works for Guitar Duo
Composer Fernando Sor, Napoléon Coste
Artist Claudio Maccari
Paolo Pugliese
guitars
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 93898
EAN code 5028421938981
Release June 2009

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Fernando Sor (1778 - 1839) was, along with the Italian Mauro Giuliani, the greatest composer for the guitar at the turn of the 19th century, and his method remains one of the most remarkable publications on guitar technique. Unlike Giuliani, however, Sor wrote little for orchestra (with the exception of his revolutionary chorus Corone la victoria, written when he was in the army resisting the Napoleonic onslaught into Spain, and four ballets), preferring solo or duet genres to concertos. As a lifelong enthusiast of dance and song, many of his works are based on Catalan traditional themes, but he did turn to orchestral works by fashionable composers of the day including Mozart and Daniel Steibelt, arranging dances by them for guitar. The Op.39 set is an example of these transcriptions. Sor travelled widely throughout Europe, including spells in the UK and Russia, and accepted a post in the French administration (like many Spanish intellectuals) after the defeat of Spain. Napoleon Coste (1805–1883) was the son of a French soldier and in 1830 he studied with Sor in Paris where he established a name for himself adapting the newly published (in France) songs of Schubert for guitar and voice. As in the music of his teacher, the spirit of the dance is never far away in Costa’s music, as can be heard in the Scherzo and Pastorale Op.10. The Grand Duo, however, is a late work on a large scale, and is more complex, presenting considerable challenges to the players.

Other information:
- Of interest to all classical guitar aficionados.
- "They are indeed first-rate virtuosi with a wonderful sense of style and musicianship" (Soundboard magazine).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. L’Encouragement, Op. 34: Cantabile
  2. L’Encouragement, Op. 34: Tema e variazioni
  3. L’Encouragement, Op. 34: Valse
  4. Divertissement, Op. 38: I. Andante Moderato, Andantino
  5. Divertissement, Op. 38: II. Walse
  6. Six Valses Composées Pour L’Orchestre Pas Differents Auteurs, Op. 39: Mohor
  7. Six Valses Composées Pour L’Orchestre Pas Differents Auteurs, Op. 39: Sor
  8. Six Valses Composées Pour L’Orchestre Pas Differents Auteurs, Op. 39: Mohor
  9. Six Valses Composées Pour L’Orchestre Pas Differents Auteurs, Op. 39: Steibelt
  10. Six Valses Composées Pour L’Orchestre Pas Differents Auteurs, Op. 39: Mozart
  11. Six Valses Composées Pour L’Orchestre Pas Differents Auteurs, Op. 39: Mohor
  12. Les Deux Amis, Op. 41: Andante - Largo
  13. Les Deux Amis, Op. 41: Tema e variazioni
  14. Les Deux Amis, Op. 41: Mazurka
  15. Six Valses, Op. 44 bis
  16. Divertissement Militaire, Op. 49: I. Andante - II. Marche, Trio, Marche
  17. Divertissement Militaire, Op. 49: III. Allegretto (Trompette)
  18. Le Premier Pas Vers Moi, Op. 53: I. Andantino
  19. Le Premier Pas Vers Moi, Op. 53: Allegretto
  20. Fantasie, Op. 54 bis: Andante allegro, Andantino
  21. Fantasie, Op. 54 bis: Allegro danse le genre Espãnol

Disk 2

  1. Trois Duos, Op. 55: Premier Duo: I. Andante
  2. Trois Duos, Op. 55: Premier Duo: II. Allegretto
  3. Trois Duos, Op. 55: Deuxième Duo: I. Andante
  4. Trois Duos, Op. 55: Deuxième Duo: II. Allegretto
  5. Trois Duos, Op. 55: Troisième Duo: I. Andante, Tema e variazioni
  6. Trois Duos, Op. 55: Troisième Duo: II. Mouvement de valse
  7. Trois Petits Divertissements, Op. 61: Premier Duo: I. Andante
  8. Trois Petits Divertissements, Op. 61: Premier Duo: II. Allegretto
  9. Trois Petits Divertissements, Op. 61: Deuxième Duo: I. Andante Moderato - II. Allegro Moderato
  10. Trois Petits Divertissements, Op. 61: Troisième Duo: I. Andante
  11. Trois Petits Divertissements, Op. 61: Troisième Duo: II. Allegretto
  12. Divertissement, Op. 62: I. Andantino cantabile
  13. Divertissement, Op. 62: II. Mouvement de Polonaise
  14. Souvenir De Russie, Op. 63: I. Andante Moderato
  15. Souvenir De Russie, Op. 63: Tema e variazioni
  16. Souvenir De Russie, Op. 63: Allegretto
  17. Grand Duo: I. Allegro
  18. Grand Duo: II. Andante
  19. Grand Duo: III. Barcarolle
  20. Grand Duo: IV. Finale: Allegro
  21. Scherzo Et Pastorale, Op. 10: I. Pastorale
  22. Scherzo Et Pastorale, Op. 10: II. Scherzo
  23. Duetto