Nicola Montella – Sonata

From an album entitled Sonata one may expect a choice of the best sonatas for guitar, selected among the wide original literature composed using such form since the beginning of the Nineteenth Century and all along the Twentieth. On the contrary, the young guitarist Nicola Montella’s recording debut proposes some pieces by Niccolò Paganini, by Domenico Scarlatti and by Alberto Ginastera, actually entitled Sonata, but none of them is structured in the canonic multi-movements form, – one of them is bi-thematic and tripartite – coupled to some pieces (studies, variations, fantasia) which have nothing to do with the sonata genre.

In fact, the use of the term “sonata”, here, must be intended in its most ancient meaning, spread since the Sixteenth Century, that is to say, piece “to be played”, in contrast with a piece “to be sung”. In such sense, the album’s programme finds its own cohesion right in the peculiar characteristics of each piece; indeed, all of them are clearly characterized more by being constructed around a plain gestural expressiveness than upon a pure musical and intellectual speculation: the act of playing constitutes its main, if not unique, reason for existence.

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Product Description

NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782-1840)
Sonata M.S.27 (opus 3 n.1)**

01 Larghetto
2:25


02 Presto Variato
1:27


MIGUEL LLOBET (1878-1938)

• 03 Variaciones sobre un tema de Fernando Sor
8:02



Tema (Sor)
Variazione1 (Sor)
Variazione 2 (Sor)
Variazione 3
Variazione 4
Variazione 5
Variazione 6
Intermezzo
Variazione 7
Variazione 8
Variazione 9
Variazione 10


NAPOLÉON COSTE (1805-1883)
25 Études de genre op. 38

• 04 n. 7 Agitato
2:37


• 05 n. 14 Andante***
4:02


• 06 n. 24 Andantino
4:04



ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916-1983)
Sonata for Guitar op. 47 (1977)

• 07 Esordio
3:33


• 08 Scherzo
3:08


• 09 Canto
3:37


• 10 Finale
2:27



NAPOLÉON COSTE (1805-1883)

• 11 Le Départ – Fantaisie Dramatique op.31
7:42


Andante largo
Allegro assai
Andantino
Agitato
Maestoso


DOMENICO SCARLATTI (1685-1757)
Sonata K.32 *

• 12 Aria
2:22


• 13 Sonata K.162*
5:29



Andante
Allegro
Andante
Allegro


NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782-1840)
Sonata M.S. 87

• 14 Minuetto
4:48


• 15 Rondò (Allegro)
2:47


Total Time
58:32


*Transcription Carlo Marchione
** Transcription Manuel Barrueco
*** Extrait de la “Fantaise Symphonique” de l’Auteur