GEORGE ROCHBERG (1918-2005): Muse of Fire and Ora Pro Nobis for Flute and Guitar, TERRY RILEY (b.1935): Cantos Desiertos for Flute and Guitar, OSVALDO GOLIJOV (b.1960): Fish Tale for Flute and Guitar, RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER (1901-1953): Diaphonic Suite for Solo Flute, FOR SOLO GUITAR: MARC RIBOT (b.1954): Bateau, MARC DELPRIORA (b.1959): Elegia, CHARLES WUORINEN (b.1938): Hexadactyl.

Catalogue Number: 02U044

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 95753

Format: CD

Price: $12.98

Description: A brief history of 20th-century American music for guitar - Among the most extensive works here is the five-section, 24-minute cycle of Cantos Desiertos (1996) which was later incorporated within The Book of Abbeyzoud, an album with a character suspended between the Biblical, the mystical and the exotic. Hardly less substantial is the 19-minute Muse of Fire (1990) by Rochberg, written in the shadow of the Gulf War: hence the sudden stops and starts, the military evocations, the funeral marches, the moments of dream-like lyricism and the rhapsodic soliloquies. Ora pro nobis (1991) is based on the slow movement of Bach’s Italian Concerto: a plea for release at a deeply troubled time. Ribot’s Bateau is a song from his 2003 album Ceramic Dog, a brief work from a composer who works mostly with jazz and post-rock musicians: this is the work’s first performance on classical guitar and its delicate textures evoke light shimmering on water. Of similar aquatic origins, Golijov’s 11-minute Fish Tale is a ‘watercolour for flute and guitar’ as the composer put it: ‘I wanted everything to be beautiful,’ said the composer, ‘even at the expense of some sense.’ Shorter solo pieces alternate between flute and guitar, taking in the satisfyingly intricate textures of Crawford Seeger and Wuorinen at each end of American modernism, as well as a touching elegy by Delpriora in memory of a student of his. Alberto Mesirco (guitar), Daniel Ruggieri (flute).

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