Guitar Works

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Dilermando Reis, João Pernambuco, Leo Brouwer, Manuel (Maria) Ponce, Antonio Lauro, Heitor Villa-Lobos, (Pio) Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Astor Piazzolla

Label: Classics

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: PCD853

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Si ela perguntar Marcelo Kayath
Dilermando Reis Composer
Interrogando João Pernambuco Composer
Marcelo Kayath
Ojos brujos Marcelo Kayath
Leo Brouwer Composer
Sonho de magia Marcelo Kayath
João Pernambuco Composer
Canción de cuna, 'Berceuse' Leo Brouwer Composer
Marcelo Kayath
Valse Marcelo Kayath
Manuel (Maria) Ponce Composer
(4) Valses Venezolanos Marcelo Kayath
Antonio Lauro Composer
(6) Valses Venezolanos Antonio Lauro Composer
Marcelo Kayath
(5) Preludes Heitor Villa-Lobos Composer
Marcelo Kayath
Julia Florida (Pio) Agustín Barrios Mangoré Composer
Marcelo Kayath
(La) Muerte del ángel Astor Piazzolla Composer
Marcelo Kayath
Sons de carrilhoes Marcelo Kayath
João Pernambuco Composer
Waltzes Marcelo Kayath
(Pio) Agustín Barrios Mangoré Composer
Choro da saudade (Pio) Agustín Barrios Mangoré Composer
Marcelo Kayath
(6) Valses Venezolanos Antonio Lauro Composer
Marcelo Kayath
It has been unhelpful to South American composers that the widespread view of them has been as writers of colourful miniatures and dances, not to be taken too seriously, but at the same time it has brought them enviable popularity—frequently celebrated, as in this programme of easy listening. The most substantial segment is that of the Villa-Lobos Preludes, which it has become fashionable to record integrally and of which there are many versions available—though none more persuasive than Kayath's. He is a Brazilian, as Villa-Lobos was, and conveys the dignified sadness that is in the national character, e.g. in the central section of No. 3, where some others merely emote. At the other extreme there is ample animation but it is not overdone, as a technical display, though he certainly has the fingers for it. The only moments of discomfort come in Nos. 1 and 2 where there is pitch-distortion of some (melodic) bass notes.
Kayath is a player of the utmost refinement, with a fluent technique and clear tone, and he plays with a maturity beyond his 23 years, never confusing warm expressiveness with gushing sentimentality. There is great charm in this lightweight collection and several items have no other recording; it is warmly recommendable to guitar-lovers and aural 'easy-riders' at large. The inlay booklet translates El negrito as ''the black boy''; to avoid ethnic misunderstandings it could have been made clear that it refers to the colour of Lauro's son's hair, not his skin! And Vals venezuelanos (are) is an ungrammatical hybrid—Valses venezolanos is not.'

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