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Brouwer: Hika and the Young Composer


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This recording presents some of the most significant early pieces by the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer (b.1939); it also includes other works, such as Hika from 1994 and the third and fourth series of his Estudios sencillos (1981), which show clear similarities with the composer's early style. First to be composed of the works here is a Danza caracteristica from 1956. A popular song melody forms the basis for an Afro-Cuban flavored fantasy. The Fugue No.1 dates from the following year, when Brouwer was still a teenager: having outlined a theme of Baroque proportions he takes a fairly free attitude to its contrapuntal elaboration, anticipating the concise play of fantasy in the Tres Apuntes of 1959. Having soon after moved to the US, Brouwer composed the first two books of the Estudios sencillos out of financial necessity, but they have proved among his most enduring and successful works, drawing energy not only from his Cuban heritage but the didactic economy of the Mikrokosmos by Bartók. Almost all of the third and fourth books from the series date from 1981; although Brouwer had both moved back to Cuba by then as well as moved on in his own style towards a more neo-romantic language, he rediscovered the lively economy of thought which runs through the earlier studies, combining it with both neoclassical harmonies and even chance procedures to produce among the most significant collections of guitar studies from the second half of the last century. ‘These short pieces reflect all of Brouwer’s creative genius,’ says Frédéric Zigante, ‘and I have always been fond of them, first as a young student of guitar and later as a guitar teacher. To me, they are an ideal method for weaning young guitarists from the didactic repertory of the 19th century.’
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Item number BRI95838
Barcode 5028421958385
Release date 1/18/2019
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Zigante, Frédéric
Disc: 1
Hika, "In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu"00:07:24
1 Hika, "In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu" 00:06:27 Zigante, Frédéric
3 Apuntes00:04:50
2 No. 1. De el Homenaje a Falla 00:02:12 Zigante, Frédéric
3 No. 2. De un fragmento instrumental 00:01:40 Zigante, Frédéric
4 No. 3. Sobre un canto de Bulgaria 00:01:40 Zigante, Frédéric
Fuga No. 100:02:50
5 Fuga No. 1 00:02:34 Zigante, Frédéric
Estudios sencillos00:16:31
6 No. 1. Movido 00:00:53 Zigante, Frédéric
7 No. 2. Coral 00:01:29 Zigante, Frédéric
8 No. 3. Rapido 00:00:37 Zigante, Frédéric
9 No. 4. Comodo: Allegretto 00:01:00 Zigante, Frédéric
10 No. 5. Montune: Allegretto 00:00:53 Zigante, Frédéric
11 No. 6. — 00:01:16 Zigante, Frédéric
12 No. 7. Lo mas rapido posible 00:00:44 Zigante, Frédéric
13 No. 8. Tranquillo 00:01:24 Zigante, Frédéric
14 No. 9. Scherzo 00:00:24 Zigante, Frédéric
15 No. 10. — 00:00:52 Zigante, Frédéric
16 No. 11. Allegretto 00:02:05 Zigante, Frédéric
17 No. 12. Tranquillo - Moderato 00:01:02 Zigante, Frédéric
18 No. 13. Movido 00:01:50 Zigante, Frédéric
19 No. 14. Allegro 00:02:06 Zigante, Frédéric
20 No. 15. Sarabande 00:03:15 Zigante, Frédéric
21 No. 16. Grave 00:01:26 Zigante, Frédéric
22 No. 17. Moderato 00:03:16 Zigante, Frédéric
23 No. 18. Moderato quasi lento 00:03:06 Zigante, Frédéric
24 No. 19. Movido: Allegretto 00:01:40 Zigante, Frédéric
25 No. 20. Movido 00:02:09 Zigante, Frédéric
Elogio de la Danza00:06:27
26 I. Lento 00:03:27 Zigante, Frédéric
27 II. Obstinato 00:02:38 Zigante, Frédéric
Danza Caracteristica00:02:00
28 Danza Caracteristica: I. Allegro 00:02:18 Zigante, Frédéric
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