Sor Guitar Works

Author: 
John Duarte

Sor Guitar Works

  • (6) Divertimentos
  • Grand Solo (Sonata prima)
  • Folies d'Espagne et un Menuet
  • Sonata in C (Sonata seconda)
  • Thème Varié
  • Fantasia No. 5

Marc Teicholz is the third guitarist to take part in Naxos’s integral recording of Sor’s works, and his user-friendly contribution is of five successive opus numbers. The annotator describes Opp. 14 and 15b as “single-movement sonatas in the Spanish tradition of Scarlatti and Soler”, which they are, but he might have added that they are in classical rather than binary form; Sor wrote many binary form movements but he did not call them sonatas. The weightiest work is, however, Sor’s treatment of Paisiello’s aria, “Nel cor piu non mi sento”, his admiration for which is reflected in his pulling out of all then-known stops in the nine variations that follow the portentous Introduction which occupies five minutes of the work’s total duration of 25'49''. The third variation has some remarkable (for Sor) chromatics, the fourth uses harmonics – Teicholz does his best with the enigmatic pair in the final bar of each section – and the eighth is an extended display of “Look, ma, only one hand!” The Divertimentos and the Theme Varie, Op. 15c, have been overlooked in recording studios but their material is cut from Sor’s salon-stock roll, gracious but unremarkable. Teicholz, arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged grace a Naxos, is a clean-cut player who moulds his phrases elegantly and does everything Sor asks. The breadth of his tonal spectrum is greater than Sor himself could have produced without right-hand nails, but these are modern, not period-practice performances, and as such they are excellent. Thoroughly recommended to guitar lovers.'

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