Italian Guitar Rarities

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Italian Guitar Rarities
Giuseppe Buscemi (Guitar)

[ Naxos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 24 June 2022

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This programme represents a harvest of rare Italian gems from Baroque to contemporary masters for an instrument that has been of great significance to Italian culture for centuries. Exploration of the guitar's expressiveness ranges from the lyrical amiability of Brescianello's Partita No. 7 to Paganini's delightful miniatures, and the improvisational austerity of Bettinelli's Cinque preludi. Virtuosity can be found in Malipiero's only guitar work, the dramatic Preludio, and Giuliani's extraordinary Rossiniana. Castelnuovo Tedesco's meditative Aranci in fiore, was written in gratitude for the gift of a basket of oranges.

Giuseppe Buscemi's playing stands apart for the dynamism, contrast and audacity of a programme of splendid pieces that have almost never been recorded, and which are rarely heard in concerts today. This programme is entirely focused on the evolution of Italian repertoire for solo guitar from the Baroque to today's contemporary era. Every piece portrays a unique music scenario that can move from Mediterranean lyrical charm to the most edgy dissonances, and through intense rhythmic intricacy to the most jaw-dropping spectacular virtuosity.


Gian Francesco MALIPIERO (1882-1973)
Preludio (1958)

Aranci in fiore, Op. 87, No. 2 (1936)

Giuseppe Antonio BRESCIANELLO (c. 1690-1758)
Partita No. 7 (arr. G. Buscemi for guitar)

Bruno BETTINELLI (1913-2004)
Cinque preludi (1971)

Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840)
Ghiribizzi, MS 43: No. 22 (1820)
Guitar Sonata No. 33 (c. 1800-20)
Guitar Sonatina No. 4 (1804)

Giorgio Federico GHEDINI (1892-1965)
Studio da concerto (1959)

Tre preludi mediterranei, Op. 176 (1955)

Mauro GIULIANI (1781-1829)
Rossiniana No. 2, Op. 120 (c. 1821)