Dimitri Illarionov - Guitar Recital

Undemanding programmes but playing that compels the attention from two promising young guitarists

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Igor Rekhin, Roland Dyens, Alexandre Tansman, Nikita Koshkin, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea), Mauro (Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo) Giuliani

Genre:

Instrumental

Label: Naxos

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 8 557293

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(24) Preludes and Fugues Dimitri Illarionov
Igor Rekhin Composer
Valse en skaï Dimitri Illarionov
Roland Dyens Composer
Cavatina Dimitri Illarionov
Alexandre Tansman Composer
Marionette Dimitri Illarionov
Nikita Koshkin Composer
(24) Preludes and Fugues Igor Rekhin Composer
Dimitri Illarionov
Capriccio Diabolico, 'omaggi a Paganini' Dimitri Illarionov
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Composer
(24) Preludes and Fugues Dimitri Illarionov
Igor Rekhin Composer
(El) Carnaval de Venezia Dimitri Illarionov
Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea) Composer
Grande Ouverture Dimitri Illarionov
Mauro (Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo) Giuliani Composer

Composer or Director: Giulio Regondi, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Miguel Llobet, Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea), Julian Arcas, Dionysio Aguado (Y García), Napoléon Coste

Genre:

Instrumental

Label: Naxos

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: 8 557294

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Introduction and Caprice Anabel Montesinos
Giulio Regondi Composer
(3) Morceaux Anabel Montesinos
Johann Kaspar Mertz Composer
Scherzo-vals Anabel Montesinos
Miguel Llobet Composer
(16) Preludios Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea) Composer
Anabel Montesinos
Variations on a theme by Sor Anabel Montesinos
Miguel Llobet Composer
Andante Julian Arcas Composer
Anabel Montesinos
Capricho árabe Anabel Montesinos
Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea) Composer
(16) Preludios Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea) Composer
Anabel Montesinos
Introduction and Rondo Dionysio Aguado (Y García) Composer
Anabel Montesinos
(16) Preludios Anabel Montesinos
Francisco Tárrega (y Eixea) Composer
(6) Morseaux episodiques Anabel Montesinos
Napoléon Coste Composer
Anabel Montesinos and Dimitri Illarionov have it in common that they are both outstanding performers who have won prestigious international competitions. In all other respects they are very different.

Illarionov commands attention with his fluent technique and bright basic sound, ‘in-your-face’ from the beginning of the first item – Giuliani’s Grande Ouverture. If there are few passages of tonal warmth it is at least partially because his programme offers comparatively few occasions for them – brilliance is king! Montesinos is no less fluent and flawless but her tone is rounder and more expressive. She persuades the listener to come to her and to enter her world, in which beauty and affection rule. In the exquisite shaping of her lines by the use of rubato (both short- and long-range) and dynamic shading she shows a maturity beyond her tender age – she has yet to leave her teens. This may sound rather low-key and ‘feminine’ but when strength is called for she is not found wanting.

In his programme Illarionov includes three items that are new to the RED Classical Catalogue. Roland Dyens’ Valse en skaï (skaï = patent leather. Maybe something worse than bad plastic!) is a welcome change after so many recordings of his ‘patent-leather’ tango, humorous enough in its own right. Impishness also infects Koshkin’s brief Marionette. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was until now the first to write the Guitarist’s Wohltemperierte Klavier, Book 1 (for two guitars) but the Russian composer Igor Rekhin was the first, and still the only one to do it for one guitar. He places musical integrity ahead of technical comfort, so these works will inevitable appeal to the musically discerning, rather than to guitar aficionados – which is a pity.

Montesinos remains firmly in conservative territory. The pieces by Napoléon Coste and Miguel Llobet are new to the RED Catalogue, but Llobet died in 1938 and Coste lived in the 19th century, as did all the others in this programme. There is nothing here to frighten Grandma but a great deal for relaxed enjoyment. If you already have most of the items in other recordings I urge you to listen to Montesinos – you may feel you are hearing them for the first time.

Both these recordings are splendidly recorded (Illarionov much closer in than Montesinos) and highly recommended.

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