Kaleidoscope with Gregg Nestor and Raymond Burley
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The guitar duo tradition stretches back to the early nineteenth century when Fernando Sor wrote duets to perform with Dionisio Aguado. Other composer / performers of this period such as Mauro Giuliani and Fernando Carulli also published fine works for two guitars. In the twentieth century various distinguished duos established an international reputation, the most eminent being the Presti-Lagoya partnership who set new standards in both technique and interpretation.
The duo is a versatile medium capable of encompassing a more complex repertoire than a single guitar. In particular the duo lends itself to imaginative arrangements from a wide variety of sources, including the pianoforte and even orchestral scores. If, as Segovia maintained, the solo instrument is ‘a miniature orchestra in itself’, it could be argued that two guitars double the instrument’s tonal and interpretative resources. The music on this recording demonstrates the duo’s capacity to present a wide range of transcriptions with authority, sensitive musicianship, and virtuosity.
KALEIDOSCOPE, Op.19c (1946) - MIKLÓS RÓZSA
5. Chinese Carillon
SONATA (1922) - FRANCIS POULENC
7. Allegro moderato
CHILDREN’S CORNER (1908) - CLAUDE DEBUSSY
10. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
11. Berceuse des éléphants
12. Sérénade à la poupée
13. La neige danse
14. Le petit berger
15. Golliwogg’s Cakewalk
CELESTIAL SUITE (arr. 1987) - TONI BEAULIEU
16. Dawn - mvmt. 2
17. Nocturne (To The Clouds) - mvmt. 4
INTROSPECTIONS (1991) - MICHAEL DEÁK
18. Adagio cantabile
19. Chorale (cantabile)
20. Allegro assai
DANZAS FANTÁSTICAS, Op. 22 (1920) - JOAQUÍN TURINA