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Porqueddu: The Impressionistic Guitar

Porqueddu: The Impressionistic Guitar

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The first disc in this two-CD set contains Sardinian composer Cristiano Porqueddu's first three sonatas for solo guitar, written between 2013 and 2019 and performed here by his compatriot Riccardo D'Al�. 'Des couleurs sur la toile', in three movements, pays homage to the painter Gesuino Curreli, the composer's maternal uncle, who paints landscapes of contemporary Oliena, a town in northern Sardinia. 'Sonata di Picerno' - completed in 2015 and dedicated to Italian guitarist Christian Saggese - is a musical portrait of the distinctive town of Picerno in the beautiful Basilicata region of Italy. All three of it's movements narrate an entirely fictional leyenda (legend). Sonata No.3, 'Il rito del fuoco', is based on an ancient Sardinian legend that tells of Saint Anthony and his pig stealing fire from hell to give to humanity. It is a cyclical composition, which remains anchored in the harmonic and thematic elements introduced in the first section throughout. The recordings on disc two - performed by Lorenzo Micheli Pucci, a guitarist from Piedmont in northern Italy - were written by Porqueddu between 2011 and 2020. D�ptico de la oscuridad is a homage to Pablo Neruda's poetic atmospheres and is dedicated to Italo-Australian guitarist Ermanno Brignolo. Metam�rfosis de la soledad, dedicated to Italian guitarist Alberto Mesirca, stems directly from observing the artistic solitude glimpsed by the composer in artwork by Gastone Cecconello on a personal visit to his studio. It takes the form of a series of short movements based on Angelo Gilardino's study 'Soledad' from his collection Studi di Virtuosit� e di Trascendenza. These movements offer a prismatic vision of the material from the introduction to the study, heavily abridged to allow it to be used as a theme for a cycle of variations. In 2019 and 2020, Porqueddu's figurative art studies led him to discover the wonderful ancient Chinese artwork Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers, a set of eight parchments dating from the Song Dynasty, approximately 1150 AD. Porqueddu wrote the solo Studies from Eight Views from Xiaoxiang while studying Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's 21 Greeting Cards for guitar. They are built on clearly identifiable melodic sketches, and alternate between demanding technical skill and a capacity for introspection from the performer.
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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 2
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    • Label: BRILLIANT CLASSICS
    • UPC/Barcode: 5028421966991
    • Item Number: BRI96699