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Selected Compositions for Guitar
Jonas Tamulionis, Corona Guitar Kvartet; Duo Lapoli
Selected Compositions for Guitar
Genre: Classical
 
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Have you noticed how some of the most interesting new guitar music is coming from Europe? Here's what Volkmar Zimmermann has to say: "Our first contact with Jonas Tamulionis harks back to 1997. As always, I was on the look...  more »

     
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All Artists: Jonas Tamulionis, Corona Guitar Kvartet; Duo Lapoli
Title: Selected Compositions for Guitar
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Albany Records
Original Release Date: 12/1/2005
Release Date: 12/1/2005
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 034061081128

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Have you noticed how some of the most interesting new guitar music is coming from Europe? Here's what Volkmar Zimmermann has to say: "Our first contact with Jonas Tamulionis harks back to 1997. As always, I was on the lookout for new and exciting works for guitar quartet. As it came to pass, I received a letter from the Lithuanian Music Information Centre telling us about a composer hitherto unknown to us, a composer who we eventually came to discover possesses a loving heart for the guitar... It was truly a delight for us in 1998 when Jonas wrote his guitar quartet, Per Suonare a Quattro, which serves as the ticket for our journey, a serpentine path leading to (this) CD...we sincerely hope you will enjoy the music created by this eminent Lithuanian composer as much as we do." Needless to say, guitarists will want to snap this one up, and listeners who enjoy the music of East Europe will be intrigued as well!

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Guitar music from Lithuania
Jeremiah Lawson | Seattle, WA United States | 01/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a purely personal bias, I suppose, but the most interesting music for classical guitar seems to come from Eastern Europe. Jonas Tamulionis is a Lithuanian composer who has written a variety of works and this CD includes a selection of his works for 1, 2, 3, and 4 guitars. His work is broadly neo-classical but in a more Eastern rather than Western European style and his tonal pallete is closer to, say, Ligeti, than Prokofiev.

I can't think of any works on this CD that have ever been recorded before and they're all worthy pieces. The opening track Perpetuum Mobile evokes a droning and interlocking musical fabric most similar to Steve Reich's Acoustic Counterpoint except that it's shorter and more obviously Eastern European.

The Eleven Preludes stand out as being unusually concise and fun, particularly prelude 8 where the guitarist plays the entire piece using alternating hammer-ons with the left and right hands and even employs some fantastic glissandi in the process.

While Tamulionis has said he's fond of Spain and Spanish music expect this music to sound a lot more like Russian and other Eastern European composers. Amongst non-guitarists think more like earlier Ligeti, Kodaly, or Bartok (though they're obviously not Lithuanian). Amongst guitarists think of Koshkin or Nadia Borislova but Tamulionis has a more dissonant harmonic language and a tighter handling of musical form within smaller movements.
Admittedly, that description is probably only useful if you're already into classical music from Eastern Europe but those are guitarist composers you should check out, too, if you haven't already.

If you're a fan of classical guitar music and are looking for music that isn't Spanish or Spanish-flavored this CD is a must-buy."