The Andrés Segovia Archive

The Andrés Segovia Archive
Artist Ermanno Brignolo guitars
Orchestra del Conservatorio di Alessandria
Paolo Ferrara conductor
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 9427
EAN code 5029365942720
Release September 2013

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Complete music written for Andrés Segovia:

Andrés Segovia, born in 1893 in Linares, Spain, was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century; a virtuoso guitarist whose contribution to modern-Romantic repertoire included both commissions and transcriptions of baroque/classical works. Until recently, a significant portion of his music library remained either unknown or consigned to the depths of history: only in 2001, when the Italian composer, guitarist and scholar Angelo Gilardino was given permission to open the crates containing the maestro’s personal collection of music, did the true extent of his vast repertoire come to light.

The collection The Andrés Segovia Archive was thus created with the aim of making available to all the works written for Segovia which remained unpublished (and in some cases never performed) during his lifetime, and here it is played by esteemed Italian guitarist Ermanno Brignolo – himself the dedicatee of numerous works by composers such as Ronca and Porqueddu. From Fenerod Peyrot’s Thème et variations to Arregui’s Piezas líricas, the compilation touches on a number of countries, revealing Segovia’s immense international stature at that time. Brignolo presents an engaging tribute to a precious heritage, one whose range of styles has only served to further enrich 20th-century guitar music.

Other information:
Recorded May 2011 – March 2013. Made in collaboration with Associazione PuntoPrimo, Comune di Costigliole and Costigliole Cultura.
- Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia was without doubt one of the most (if not most) important and influential guitarists of the 20th century. His role in the popularisation of his instrument was immense.
- Many 20th century composers wrote and dedicated guitar works for him, works which often remained unknown and unpublished, kept under lock in Segovia’s personal archive. Only in 2001 the archive was disclosed, and it took guitarist and scholar Angelo Gilardino several years to sort out this vast body of guitar works.
- Brilliant Classics is proud to issue the complete archive of works written for Andres Segovia by composers from all over the world, some relatively unknown, some of international reputation (Tansman, Moreno-Torroba, Berkeley, Mompou, Cassado, Castelnuovo-Tedesco).
- A treasure trove of unknown guitar works, 20th century gems written for and inspired by that giant of the guitar, Andres Segovia!
- Contains extensive notes on the archive as well as biographies on the performer and conductor.
- Brignolo plays Urs Langenbacher (2010) & Fratelli Masetti (1963) guitars.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Prélude, Op. 13
  2. Thème et variations: Thème. Grave
  3. Thème et variations: Variation I. Vivace scherzando
  4. Thème et variations: Variation II. Allegro con fuoco
  5. Thème et variations: Variation III. Allegretto
  6. Thème et variations: Variation IV. Adagio
  7. Thème et variations: Variation V. Allegro
  8. Thème et variations: Variation VI. Andante
  9. Thème et variations: Variation VI bis. Andante (Alternate Manuscript Version)
  10. Prelude, elegie und rondo: I. Prelude
  11. Prelude, elegie und rondo: II. Elegie
  12. Prelude, elegie und rondo: III. Rondo
  13. Étude. Rondo fantastico
  14. Passacaglia
  15. Alba
  16. Prélude, tiento et toccata: I. Prélude
  17. Prélude, tiento et toccata: II. Tiento
  18. Prélude, tiento et toccata: III. Toccata
  19. Preludio

Disk 2

  1. Sonata, Op. 77 ‘Homage to Boccherini’: I. Allegro con spirito
  2. Sonata, Op. 77 ‘Homage to Boccherini’: II. Andantino, quasi canzone
  3. Sonata, Op. 77 ‘Homage to Boccherini’: III. Tempo di minuetto
  4. Sonata, Op. 77 ‘Homage to Boccherini’: IV. Presto furioso
  5. Capriccio diabolico, Op. 85
  6. Tarantella, Aranci in fiore, Op. 87
  7. Due canzoni Italiane
  8. Due pezzi: I. Intermezzo
  9. Due pezzi: II. Baldanzoso

Disk 3

  1. Sonata in E Major: I. Preludio
  2. Sonata in E Major: II. Arioso
  3. Sonata in E Major: III. Scherzo
  4. Sonata in E Major: IV. Toccata e fuga
  5. Segovia: Allegretto
  6. Piccolo jazz, Op. 16 (Tribute to Duke Ellington)
  7. Preludio, Op. 17 (Tribute to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
  8. Preludio, Op. 19 No. 1a (Tribute to Gabriel Fauré)
  9. Ninna nanna, Op. 19 No. 2 (Tribute to Maurice Ravel)
  10. Un’immagine, Op. 24 for two guitars (Tribute to Franz Schubert)
  11. Preludio, Op. 19 No. 1b (Tribute to Gabriel Fauré)
  12. Colloquio con Andrés Segovia

Disk 4

  1. Inventions, Op. Posth.: I. Passepied (Homage to Bach)
  2. Inventions, Op. Posth.: II. Sarabande (Homage to Bach)
  3. Inventions, Op. Posth.: III. Sicilienne (Homage to Bach)
  4. Inventions, Op. Posth.: IV. Toccata à deux voix (Homage to Bach)
  5. Inventions, Op. Posth.: V. Aria (Homage to Bach)
  6. Passacaille, Op. Posth.
  7. Pièces brèves, Op. Posth.: I. Valse caprice
  8. Pièces brèves, Op. Posth.: II. Danse populaire
  9. Pièces brèves, Op. Posth.: III. Burlesque
  10. Pièces brèves, Op. Posth.: IV. Berceuse – Boîte à musique
  11. Pièces brèves, Op. Posth.: V. Studio
  12. Prélude et interlude, Op. Posth.: I. Prélude
  13. Prélude et interlude, Op. Posth.: II. Interlude
  14. Quattro tempi di Mazurka, Op. Posth.: I. Moderato
  15. Quattro tempi di Mazurka, Op. Posth.: II. Rondò
  16. Quattro tempi di Mazurka, Op. Posth.: III. Allegro non troppo
  17. Quattro tempi di Mazurka, Op. Posth.: IV. Allegro giocoso
  18. Sonatine, Op. Posth.: I. Elegie
  19. Sonatine, Op. Posth.: II. Fughetta
  20. Deux chansons populaires, Op. Posth.: I. Andante
  21. Deux chansons populaires, Op. Posth.: II. Allegretto
  22. Hommage à Manuel de Falla, Op. Posth.: I. Notturno (arr. Angelo Gilardino)
  23. Hommage à Manuel de Falla, Op. Posth.: II. Zapateado (arr. Angelo Gilardino)
  24. Hommage à Manuel de Falla, Op. Posth.: III. Improvisación (arr. Angelo Gilardino)
  25. Hommage à Manuel de Falla, Op. Posth.: IV. Nana (arr. Angelo Gilardino)
  26. Hommage à Manuel de Falla, Op. Posth.: V. Vivo (arr. Angelo Gilardino)

Disk 5

  1. Cançò en el mar
  2. Catalanesca
  3. Una leyenda
  4. Cuadros, scènes d’Espagne: I. Pueblo castellano
  5. Cuadros, scènes d’Espagne: II. En Aragón
  6. Cuadros, scènes d’Espagne: III. Brujerias
  7. Piezas líricas: I. Canción lejana
  8. Piezas líricas: II. Intermedio
  9. Piezas líricas: III. Campesina
  10. Piezas líricas: IV. Confidencia
  11. Piezas líricas: V. Tonada de ronda – León
  12. Errimina (Nostalgía)
  13. Fantasia-Sonata, Op. A22
  14. Tres temas de recuerdos: I. Preludio – Por el viejo camino
  15. Tres temas de recuerdos: II. Dialogo
  16. Tres temas de recuerdos: III. Danza lejana

Disk 6

  1. Pequeña suite, Op. 80 No. 1: I. Preludio
  2. Pequeña suite, Op. 80 No. 1: II. Andante expresivo
  3. Pequeña suite, Op. 80 No. 1: III. Allegro
  4. Canción de Leonardo
  5. Sardana chighana
  6. Sonata-Fantasía: I. Lento – Allegretto
  7. Sonata-Fantasía: II. Allegretto
  8. Sonata-Fantasía: III. Allegro – Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro
  9. Canción y danza: I. Canción (Based on two songs of King Alfonso X)
  10. Canción y danza: II. Danza (Based on two songs of King Alfonso X)
  11. Suite compostelana: I. Preludio
  12. Suite compostelana: II. Coral
  13. Suite compostelana: III. Cuna
  14. Suite compostelana: IV. Recitativo
  15. Suite compostelana: V. Canción
  16. Suite compostelana: VI. Muñeira
  17. Preámbulo y sardano: I. Preámbulo
  18. Preámbulo y sardano: II. Sardana
  19. Leyenda catalana
  20. Dos cantos populares finlandeses

Disk 7

  1. Briviesca, poema para guitarra, Op. 67
  2. Sicilienne
  3. Fantaisie
  4. Spiritual
  5. Suite: I. Preludio
  6. Suite: II. Intermezzo
  7. Suite: III. Passacaglia
  8. Sonatina: I. Adagio quasi introduzione – Molto moderato
  9. Sonatina: II. Allegretto pensoso
  10. Sonatina: III. Finale: Allegro
  11. Four Pieces: I. Moderato ma con brio
  12. Four Pieces: II. Andante con moto
  13. Four Pieces: III. Lento (Sarabande)
  14. Four Pieces: IV. Allegro, energico
  15. Quatre pièces, Op. 32: I. Gaiement
  16. Quatre pièces, Op. 32: II. Vite
  17. Quatre pièces, Op. 32: III. Lent
  18. Quatre pièces, Op. 32: IV. Animé