Label : Brilliant
Format : Ape
Cover : Front + back

Probably one of the most extensive surveys of classical guitar on record, this 25 CD collection is a must for lovers of the instrument.

Starting with the lutenist composers of the 16th century such as Alessandro Piccinini, the collection then moves to the Barock period with music by J.S. Bach and his sons, plus the great Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas. This survey then takes us through the early Romantic period with the three grand concertos for guitar and orchestra of Giuliani, a friend of Beethoven and Hummel, and the great Fernando Sor who was known as ‘the Beethoven of the guitar’. Giuliani’s rarely heard fantasias on themes by Rossini, and sinfonias on Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Bellini’s Il Pirata are also to be found here as well as his remarkable paraphrase of Rossini’s Semiramide which takes up CDs 16 and 17!

The world of transcriptions is also covered with examples of Chopin and Mendelssohn’s music for the guitar.

The 20th century CDs are dominated by the great Segovia whose influence on composers for the instrument cannot be underestimated. The most famous modern work, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez of 1939 as well as music by his brother Eduardo is to be found on CD19. Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s famous concertos and the concerto of Ponce The present day is represented by Angelo Gilardino, Maximo Diego Pujol, and Leo Brouwer.

CD 1: Bach, Telemann, Couperin, Handel – Chaconnes
CD 2-3: Piccinini – Intavolatura di Liuto et di Chitarrone
CD 4: Scarlatti – 12 Sonatas for guitar
CD 5-11: Giuliani – Rossiniana and Pot-Pourris; Arrangements of opera overtures; Landler; Rondo op. 66; Le Avventure di Amore op. 116; Tarantella del Sign. Lanza; Variazioni op. 102; Variazioni Concertanti op. 130; Gran Variazioni Concertanti op. 35; 3 Polonesi Concertanti op. 137; La Lira Notturna op. 69; Guitar Concertos Nos. 1-3; Gran Quintetto op. 65
CD 12-13: Sor, Coste – Music for guitar duo
CD 14: Ponce, Carulli, Vivaldi – Guitar Concertos
CD 15: Carulli – Complete works for guitar and fortepiano
CD 16-17: Rossini – Semiramide (arr. Giuliani)
CD 18-19: The Romantic Guitar
CD 20: Rodrigo – Guitar Concertos
CD 21: Barrios Mangore – Music for solo guitar
CD 22: Pujol – Complete guitar duos
CD 23: Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Guitar Concertos
CD 24: Gilardino – Trascendentia – Studies for Gitarre Nos. 1-12
CD 25: Brouwer – Music for solo guitar

Complete tracklist : The Classical Guitar Collection