CDs of programmes containing short to medium pieces for a single instrument
or group need to be categorised with a note of the favoured tracks or they
may drop out of sight when we shelve the record as part of our collection.
My own inconsistency with this rule has temporarily mislaid valuable pieces
through muddleheadedness on various occasions. There's nothing quite so
irritating as time wasted hunting a misplaced CD months or even a year later.
Without an overdose of collecting mania I find records such as this one
under scrutiny have tracks that 'bond' with our feelings and therefore complete
an experience. To me this is part of the joy of music and a personal way
of building a library.
This particular CD houses a miscellany of little known yet worthy 20th
century music for guitar. Amongst the best tracks are Ojos Brujos
by Leo Brouwer [listen -- track 12, 0:00-1:08]
and Broken slurs by Barbara Kolb, both with shape and inventiveness
enough to draw the serious listener. The guitarist performs as one with
genuine affection for the instrument, thereby creating the link for ear,
music, and performance.
Copyright © 22 June 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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Lily Afshar, guitar
Salvador Brotons: Scherzo Op 47; Dusan Bogdanovic: Omar's Fancy; Agustin Barrios Mangoré: Waltz Op 8 No 3; Leo Brouwer: Un Dia di Noviembre; Dusan Bogdanovic: Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue for the Golden Flower; Leo Brouwer: Afro-Cuban Lulla\by; Barbara Kolb: Three Lullabies; Barbara Kolb: Broken Slurs; Joaquin Rodrigo: Invocation and Dance; Leo Brouwer: Ojos Brujos; Egberto Gismonti: Ague e Vinho; Kamran Ince: MKG Variations
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