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by Drew Henderson

Virtuoso classical guitar music of the 19th century performed by Canadian guitarist Drew Henderson
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nocturne "Reverie", Op. 19
8:43 $0.99
2. Introduction et Caprice, Op. 23
10:06 $0.99
3. Les soirées d'Auteuil, Op. 23
7:30 $0.99
4. Capriccio No. 28 in C Major, Op. 20
2:22 $0.99
5. Capriccio No. 26 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 20
1:03 $0.99
6. Capriccio No. 32 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 20
1:38 $0.99
7. Capriccio No. 29 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 20
0:52 $0.99
8. Grand Sonata in A Major, M.S. 3: I. Allegro risoluto
9:03 $0.99
9. Grand Sonata in A Major, M.S. 3: II. Romance
4:19 $0.99
10. Grand Sonata in A Major, M.S. 3: III. Andantino variato
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Album Notes
Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)

The Times of London reported on June 16, 1831, that “an interesting little boy of the name of Regondi, apparently between six and seven years of age, performed a fantasia on the guitar, with most manly power and surprising brilliancy.” That same year, Fernando Sor dedicated his Souvenir d'amitié, op. 46 to the young virtuoso. Giulio Regondi, born in either Lyon or Geneva in 1822, was a true child prodigy, not only on the guitar but also, surprisingly, perhaps, on the concertina. Following his Paris debut at 7, he was dubbed “the infant Paganini.” Although he toured throughout Europe, he made his permanent home in London. His name and music fell into obscurity after his death in 1872, but his guitar compositions eventually came to light and were edited by Simon Wynberg and published by the publishing firm Chanterelle, in 1981. Since then, his small body of work has become a staple in the repertoire of contemporary guitarists. The Nocturne-Reverie, op. 19, opens with a pensive Larghetto in Dm, but shifts into an extended tremolo-based melody of great beauty. The Introduction et Caprice, Op. 23, commences with an Adagio in E and moves into an Allegretto Scherzando in E minor before returning to an energetic closing section back in E.

While Regondi, seven years Coste’s junior, was taught by his father, Napoleon Coste first received lessons from his mother. In 1829, at 24, he moved to Paris to study with Fernando Sor, who dedicated his last composition, the Souvenir de Russie, Op. 63, to his student. Coste was well-acquainted with many of the then major figures of the classical guitar, including Aguado, Carcassi, and Carulli, all of whom lived for a time in Paris. While Coste was an active performer, he is mostly remembered for his over fifty compositions, which included chamber music, and pieces written for the seven string guitar.  He edited and republished Sor’s guitar method after Sor’s passing in 1839. An accident in 1863 ended his performing career, but he continued to compose and teach until his death in 1883. His Les Soirees d’Auteuil, Op. 23, written in A, is in two movements, a plaintive Serenade and a lively Scherzo. It is performed on this recording with an 8-string guitar, perserving the low notes usually omitted by 6-strings guitarists.
Luigi Rinaldo Legnani (1790-1877)

Legnani, born in Ferrera, Italy, in 1790, can be placed more on the “classical” side of the music ledger. Trained as a violinist, he turned early to voice and guitar. At seventeen he performed in Ravenna, where his family had moved, where he sang arias by Cimarosa, Donizetti and Rossini, accompanying himself on the guitar. Later, in the 1820s, he performed as a tenor in operas by Puccini, Donizetti, and Pacini. His career as a solo guitarist was launched in Milan in 1819, and his success was cemented by successful recitals in Vienna in 1822. One of the Viennese critics raved “it seems almost impossible to believe that one could produce the orchestral effects on the guitar as demonstrated by Luigi Legnani in his concert.” Legnani was friends with Paganini, and his 36 Capricci per la Chitarra, four of which are performed here by Drew Henderson, were in all probability inspired by Paganini’s celebrated 24 Caprices.  After the 1850s he became a luthier, constructing guitars and violins. He died in Ravenna in 1877.

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

The last composer represented on this program, Paganini, was one of the most famous virtuosi of all time.  Born in 1782, he blazed a brilliant path across the musical skies of Europe before his passing in 1840. His “devilish” achievements on the violin and his extraordinary works for that instrument need no introduction here. Lesser known, perhaps, is the fact that he was also a virtuoso on the guitar, employing the instrument in many of his compositions, albeit often in the humble role of supplying modest accompaniments to the violin. One exception is his Grand Sonata in A, Op. 35, which we hear on this recording. Composed around 1804, it was actually composed as a sonata for guitar and violin. The violin part, however, is somewhat rudimentary, and guitarists nowadays normally incorporate it into the guitar part, making the work effectively a solo guitar work. The work is in three movements, Allegro risoluto, Romance (Largo amorosamente), and Andantino Variato (Scherzando). The first is in a true sonata-allegro form, with two themes, a development, and recapitulation. The Romance, generally slow, is punctuated by rapid cadenzas. The final movement, as its title suggests, is indeed playful, working through a set of variations on the opening andantino. 

Dr. Jack Silver
President, Guitar Society of Toronto 

This album was recorded over 3 very hot and stormy nights at the Church of St. Mary Magdelene in Toronto, Ontario. A huge thanks to Gord Bass for letting me use his equipment.
Mics: 2x AKG 460B (Jim Williams Modified)
Preamp: George Massenberg
Converters: RME
Guitar: Roberto De Miranda 8-string. (Milan, 2010)



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