Stefano Grondona

Lo Cant dels Aucells Stefano Grondona plays 12 Historical Guitars
2 CDs $35.00 Liner notes in English, French & Italian, w/ B & W photos of all 12 guitars used in this production, which was 2 years in the making.
In stock 4 27 09.

   This is the first extraordinary classical guitar double CD of the new Millenium. When someone else creates a similar production, then I’ll call that the second. Stefano Grondona, who studied with Andrés Segovia in the 1960’s, offers an impeccable performance. As the photos of the legendary artists-Miguel Llobet, his maestro Francisco Tarrega, Agustin Pio Barrios Mangoré, and Andrés Segovia, show, the guitars in their hands were built by the masters of lutherie of the 19th and 20th century. There are 6 guitars made by Antonio de Torres, 1 by Enrique Garcia, 1 by Francisco Simplicio (Enrique Garcia’s only disciple), 1 by Santos Hernandez, 1 by Domingo Esteso (whose foreman in the Manuel Ramirez shop was Santos Hernandez), 1 by Hermann Hauser I (who followed Torres’ principles, much like Enrique Garcia & Manuel Ramirez did) & 1 by Robert Bouchet (as played by Ida Presti & Alexandre Lagoya on their immortal recordings of the 1960’s), that were utilized to perform great works by composers equally immortal. The unforgettable composers included in this marvelous 40 piece aural event are: Mompou, Llobet, Granados, Tarrega, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Barrios, Ponce, Grieg, Segovia, Poulenc & Chopin.


The selections for CD #1 are:

F. Mompou (Guitar A. Torres l887 SE 110)
Canco i dansa N. 13

  1. Canco (El cant dels ocells)
  2. Dansa (El bon cacador)

    M. Llobet (Guitar A. Torres l859)
    5 Preludes
  3. Preludio (1935)
  4. Preludio (c.1928)
  5. Preludio (1916)
  6. Preludio (1935)
  7. Preludio (1935)

    E. Granados (Guitar A. Torres l862)
  8. Danza espańola n. 5 (arr. Llobet)

    M. Llobet
  9. Romanza (1896)
  10. Estudio (1899) (Guitar A. Torres l858 FE08)
  11. Scherzo-vals (1909)

    F. Tarrega
  12. Pavana
  13. Estudio en forma de minueto
  14. Estudio de alard
  15. Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Guitar E. Garcia 1906)

    F. Mendelssohn
  16. Barcarola Op. 19 n. 6

    F. Schubert
  17. Minuetto (op. 78)

    A. Barrios (Guitar F. Simplicio 1929 No. 241)
  18. Gavota al estilo antiguo
  19. Mazurka apasionata
  • The selections for CD #2 are:
  • M.M. Ponce (Guitar D. Esteso 1926)

    1. Estrellita
    2. Preludio in Si b min. (Guitar S. Hernandez 1918)
    3. Preludio in Sol min.
    4. Preludio in Mi magg.
    5. Preludio in Do# min.
    6. Preludio in Mi magg.

      E. Grieg (Guitar H. Hauser I 1947)
    7. Melodia (arr. Segovia)

      A. Segovia
    8. Els estudiantes de Tolosa
    9. Oracion
    10. Remembranza
    11. La ploma de perdiu

      F. Poulenc (Guitar R. Bouchet 1969 n. 127)
    12. Sarabanda

      F. Tarrega (Guitar A. Torres 1885?)
    13. Mazurka (Adelita)
    14. Mazurka (Marieta)
    15. Gavota (Maria)
    16. Mazurka (Sueńo)
    17. Mazurka en Sol

      F. Chopin (Guitar A. Torres 1887 SE 107)
    18. Mazurka Op. 63 n. 3 (arr. Segovia)

      F. Chopin (arr. Tarrega)
    19. Mazurka Op. 67 n. 4
    20. Mazurka Op. 33 n. 1
    21. Mazurka Op. 33 n. 4 (Guitar D. Esteso 1926)

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