A delightful collection of popular, easy listening classical guitar music from Spain, Brazil, and Italy, performed by Juliette Marczuk.
About the Composers and the Music
His musical style is typical of the music of Brazil, a blend of classical and pop. The two dances featured on this album are marked by strong, driving rhythms, and are characteristic of the music commonly heard on the streets of Brazil.Top
Villa-Lobos was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. Always fascinated by Brazilian folk music, he travelled all over Brazil, gathering authentic examples of all types of Brazilian folk and popular music and merging their unique characteristics into his own.Top
He was a child prodigy who dazzled audiences from an early age. Many know of his works for violin, but do not realize he also wrote, and even learned to play the guitar. He gave numerous concerts with guitarist Luigi Legnani, who often complained about the meagre guitar parts he received. Legend has it that one night Paganini asked Legnani if he would like to trade parts for the first performance of the Grand Sonata. Not knowing this was written for the guitar with violin accompaniment, Legnani agreed, only to find himself as the acompanist yet again!Top
He was a major contributor to the rebirth of the guitar in the 20th century. A composer and performer, he also transcribed many works of other composers for the guitar. The Fantasy on the Thems of La Traviata is based on Giuseppe Verdi's famous opera La Traviata. Its lyrical romantic style incorporates various guitar techniques to reproduce the opera with vibrant color. The Gran Vals, as the name suggests, is reminiscent of the Viennese waltz. This is a charming little piece with a music box flavor.Top