G. E. 55

Golden Era 55 Guitarists of Argentina and Uruguay 1925-1955 CD $17.00

   In the great guitaristic movement that took place in the Rio de la Plata area of South America nearly a century ago, these are but a few of the marvelous artists who appeared on the scene. Three of the rarest pieces are non-commercial recordings by the musicologist Cédar Viglietti. He was the first author to write in 1947 about Agustin Barrios' plastic surgery on his lips. Sila Godoy- a Barrios researcher, later got to meet the plastic surgeon. It was Sila who informed Richard Stover-the Barrios biographer (Six Silver Moonbeams) about this aspect. The last 4 selections are performed by their contemporaries from Spain-the virtuoso Flamenco Guitarist Miguel Borrull, who plays a stunning version of the well known piece "Granada", and Alfredo Romea-a Catalan compatriot of Miguel Llobet.

   Olga Pierri was a student of maestro Atilo Rapat. She is an aunt of Alvaro Pierri, world renowned virtuoso, and was one of his maestros. She performed at the inaugural recital of the founding of the Centro Guitarristico de Uruguay in 1937. Her recordings date from c. 1955.

   The next three partial biographies are from the book by Randy Osborne and Hector Garcia Martinez "Annotations for the History of the Classical Guitar in Argentina 1822-2000"

   Mario A. (Alberto) Pardo was a guitarist, composer, singer of the Argentine popular folklore music, and was born in Uruguay. He is undoubtedly the most valuable popular figure among those that cultivate that genre of song, not being a wonder that, set to perform, he flows through  the same compositions of Sor, Aguado and Tarrega, etc., as danceable of easy sentimentalism. From the "Diccionario de Guitarrista" by Domingo Prat.

   César Agustin Bo Puente was born on August 16, 1916, in Villa Maria (Cordoba Province). He did his guitar studies with the notable concert guitarist, Emilio Bo, his father, and his music studies with maestro Athos Palma. Being a young child, his father took notice of his predisposition toward the art of Orfeo, determined to buy him a violin, an instrument which he didn't like, developing the rudimentary principles with regularity. The chance he had was to be a surprising more than once to be entertaining himself with his father's guitar, in the hours he was absent from the home. He had completed ten years of age when by his own dertimination he abandoned the violin  and exchanged it for the guitar, revealing in only a few months to be a true prodigy. So we can admire, those of us who attended the date well pointed out for him, a day after he turned eleven years old, that is to say, August 17,1927, his first concert in the Salon "La Argentina". From the "Diccionario de Guitarristas" by Domingo Prat.

   Antonio Sinopoli Scalpino was born in San Isidro, Buenos Aires province on October 14, 1878. At the age of twenty three a desire awoke within Antonio to play the guitar, without importance to him as to the sacrifices and without even thinking if the success could be acheived. He studied at the right time with the renowned Julio S. Sagreras in the Academia de Belles Artes, in Buenos Aires, and later with Domingo Prat. From the "Diccionario de Guitarristas" by Domingo Prat.

The selections are:

   Conjunto Folklorico Femenino de Guitarras Olga Pierri

 1. Milonga (J. Pierri Sapere)

 2. Gato (J. Pierri Sapere)

 3. Pericon Nacional (Grasso)

 4. Vidala (J. Pierri Sapere)

 5. Malambo (J. Pierri Sapere)

 6. Estilo No. 4 (J. Pierri Sapere)

   Ramon Ayestaran (Guitar Solo)

 7. Vidala (Vidalita) (G. Gilardi)

 8. Mudanzas (Malambo) (Abel Fleury)

   Alberto Diana Lavalle

 9. Una lagrima

10. Danza de Estrellas

   Antonio y Nélida Sinopoli

11. Milonga No. 4 y Gato (Antonio Sinopoli)

12. Vidalita (Antonio Sinopoli)

   César Bo y Conjunto de Guitarras

13. Pericon Nacional (Grasso)

14. El Sombrerito (Josué T. Wilkes)

   Mario A. Pardo

15. Hasta que se rompan las espuelas

16. Va cayendo gente al baile

   Cédar Viglietti

17. Milonga (A. Carbone)

18. Malambo (L. Alba)

19. Huella (Fleury)

   Miguel Borrull

20. Granada (I. Albeniz)

21. Adelita (Tarrega)

   Alfredo Romea

22. Bolero (Napoleon Coste)

23. Estudio "Rayo de Luna" (Sor)

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