Leo Brouwer – Guitar Sonatas by Ricardo Gallén

Ricardo Gallén

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We now have the first recording of the complete Guitar Sonatas of Leo Brouwer, the most important guitar music composer of the modern era. In his music in general and in his Sonatas for Guitar in particular, tradition is intermingled with the latest stylistic and intellectual tendencies and is not limited only to what is erroneously called “refined music”. The different cultures – from the most tribal to the most elitist ones -, political-social phenomena, religions, the arts in any of their manifestations as well as the same human thought and feeling inspire and feed the Master’s sound world.

Consequently, the challenge of recording his Sonatas for Guitar was not so much in the quantity or difficulty of his music, but in trying to show that Ethos originating from his music. From the first sonata to the last one (not composed chronologically speaking) one can appreciate the multitude of ideas coming from his privileged knowledge as a composer and orchestra conductor of the great repertoire and its most hidden ins and outs.

It is sometimes evident when he quotes Spanish Renaissance vihuelists such as Mudarra or Milan, but also masters of the stature of Pasquini, Beethoven or Shostakovich. Some other times he lets us glimpse details of the French harpsichord school of the 17th century, sonorities by Scriabin, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Albéniz, or textures by Stravinsky, Bartok, minimalism, popular music and jazz.

Similarly, like the vast majority of great composers, he quotes himself using written material for other instruments or instrumental groups, such as the piano, the flute, the orchestra, or the guitar. Any element present in his pieces has organic importance which gives meaning to the whole ensemble. The golden ratio often appears in his structures, shaping the sound material in groups of measures based on the Fibonacci series as well as on the use of fractals.

“I have no words to thank you for the effort and love deposited in this work, the first integral of my Sonatas recorded by the Master Ricardo Gallén, which I extend to the producers of IBS Classical.”
– Leo Brouwer, 2018

Tracklist

1.
Guitar Sonata No. 1 - I. Fandangos y boleros
06:48
2.
Guitar Sonata No. 1 - II. Sarabanda de Scriabin
03:37
3.
Guitar Sonata No. 1 - III. Toccata de Pasquini
04:52
4.
Guitar Sonata No. 2 ''Del caminante'' - I. Vision de la Amazonia
01:51
5.
Guitar Sonata No. 2 ''Del caminante'' - II. El gran sertao
06:29
6.
Guitar Sonata No. 2 ''Del caminante'' - III. Danza festiva
03:46
7.
Guitar Sonata No. 2 ''Del caminante'' - IV. Toccata nordestina
05:48
8.
Guitar Sonata No. 3 ''Del decameron negro'' - I. Guijes y gnomos
05:42
9.
Guitar Sonata No. 3 ''Del decameron negro'' - II. Treno por Oya
06:10
10.
Guitar Sonata No. 3 ''Del decameron negro'' - III. Burlesca del aire
04:13
11.
Guitar Sonata No. 3 ''Del decameron negro'' - IV. La risa de los griots
05:38
12.
Guitar Sonata No. 4 ''Del pensador'' - I. Recuperacion de la memoria
05:39
13.
Guitar Sonata No. 4 ''Del pensador'' - II. Iluminaciones
04:40
14.
Guitar Sonata No. 4 ''Del pensador'' - III. Elogio de la meditacion
06:36
15.
Guitar Sonata No. 4 ''Del pensador'' - IV. Celebracion de la memoria
04:00
16.
Guitar Sonata No. 5 ''Ars combinatoria'' - I. Toccata
04:49
17.
Guitar Sonata No. 5 ''Ars combinatoria'' - II. Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa
05:47
18.
Guitar Sonata No. 5 ''Ars combinatoria'' - III. Finale
08:26
19.
Guitar Sonata No. 6 ''De los enigmas'' Arr. R. Gallen - I. Preludio
05:04
20.
Guitar Sonata No. 6 ''De los enigmas'' Arr. R. Gallen - II. Pavana melancolica - con el permiso de L
07:21
21.
Guitar Sonata No. 6 ''De los enigmas'' Arr. R. Gallen - III. Fantasia y toccata
06:13

Total time: 01:53:29

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Original Recording Format

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Channels

Digital Converters

Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 "EC" Modulators (DXD to DSD Transfers)

Composers

Mastering Engineer

IBS Classical (DXD); Tom Caulfield – DXD to DSD Transfers with Signalyst HQ Player Pro 4 "EC" Modulators

Producer

Francisco Moya, IBS Artist

Recording Engineer

Chelius Salmerón

Recording location

Agustinos Church in Granada, Spain on May 14-16, 2018

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

SKU

IBS142019

Release Date April 4, 2020
SKU IBS142019

Press reviews

NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Superb playing of wonderful music!

Classica

This album, without concessions, reveals unexplored facets of these compositions, eclipsing the existing discography.

Ricardo Gallén extracts all of the sap and undoubtedly delivers the most complete version available. 5 Stars!

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