Masters of the Guitar, Vol. 5: Italian Recordings, 1930s-1950s
In Italy, the guitar had a difficult time being considered a classical instrument like it was in other countries. The first guitar course was instituted in Italian conservatories in 1965 but even in the 70s and 80s many Concerto Societies did not have or promote even the most internationally famous guitarists. This new release collects six performances by guitar students. The album begins with Pasquale Taraffo, who can be considered the perfect example of a performer on the edge between classical and popular music. The album ends with Mario Parodi, an extraordinary performer and musician who is unfortunately often overlooked. The other four protagonists of this new release are part of the Italian guitar revival: from Giulio Giulietti, to Luigi Mozzani and from Luigi Mariotti to Mario Gangi, who made classical guitar famous throughout Italy with his television appearances.
Release Date: January 20, 2023
Catalog Number: IDIS6748
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: Toto Amici, Anonymous, Josede Azpiazu, Napoleon Coste, Leo Delibes, Luigi Denza, Calvaruso-Ferrari, Enrique Granados, Luigi Legnani, Miguel Llobet, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luigi Mozzano, Niccolo Paganini, Manuel Ponce, Henry Purcell, Pasquale Taraffo, Francisco Tarrega, Antonio Vian, Jose Vinas
Performer: Pasquale Taraffo, Giulio Giulietti, Luigi Mozzani, Luigi Mariotti, Mario Gangi, Mario Parodi