Antonio Lauro Guitar Music

Antonio Lauro Guitar Music

96627 (Brilliant Classics, CD, 2 discs)

FIRST RELEASE (1 March 2023)
Tracks: 52
℗ 2023 Brilliant Classics
© 2023 Brilliant Classics
Reviewer: Geoff Pearce
Review of Antonio Lauro Guitar Music published on 27 February 2023

Cristiano Poli Cappelli, guitar

Antonio Lauro (1917-1986):


1 Ana Cristina (Canción de Cuna)

Three Venezuelan Pieces
2 Zulay
3 Adiós a ocumare
4 Papelón

5 Ana Florencia (Canción de Cuna)

Four Valses venezolanos
6 Tatiana
7 Andreina
8 Natalia
9 Yacambú

10 Angostura (Valse venezolano)

11 Carora

12 Cueca chilena

Suite (Homenaje a John Duarte)
13 Fantasia
14 Pavana
15 Giga

16 El niño

17 El marabino

18 El negrito

19 María Carolina

20 María Luisa

21 Romanza

22 Allegro
23 Pavana
24 Giga


1 El totumo de guarenas

2 La catira

Suite venezolana
3 Registro
4 Danza Negra
5 Canción
6 Vals

7 Armida
8 Madrugada
9 La Negra

10 Variaciones sobre una canción infantile

Estudios en imitaciones
11 Estudio I
12 Estudio II
13 Estudio III
14 Estudio IV

15 CanciĆ³n

16 Flores de la montaña

17 La gatica

18 Crepuscolar

19 Merengue

20 Momoti

21 Nelly

22 Nocturno

23 Oriente

24 Pasaje aragüeño

25 Pavana

26 Petronila

27 Virgilio

28 Seis por derecho

Born in Venezuela to Italian parents, Antonio Lauro (1917-1986) was very young when he began taking music lessons from his father. At the age of nine, Lauro, against his family's wishes, began lessons in piano and composition at the Academia de Música y Declamación. However, after he encountered the music of Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Lauro gave up his violin and piano studies to dedicate himself completely to the guitar, moved as he was by Mangoré's music. Lauro went on to become an exceptional guitarist, as well as a composer. Politically engaged, Lauro was a fervent nationalist, and it was his political convictions that drove him to celebrate, and make in-depth studies of, the origins and heritage of Venezuelan music. In 1951, Lauro was imprisoned by General Marcos Pérez Jiménez on account of his democratic convictions; Lauro would later describe his prison experience as a normal part of life for a Venezuelan man of his generation. However, imprisonment did not deter him from organising a series of concerts, as well as continuing to compose wonderful pieces that would later win him the National Music Prize, Venezuela's highest artistic award. And it was during his time in prison that he wrote two of his most important pieces: the Sonata for guitar and the famous Suite venezolana, followed by his Concerto for guitar and orchestra. His music, and particularly his pieces for guitar, transcended the confines of Venezuela's musical scene to become a hugely important benchmark for subsequent generations of players worldwide. His compositions for guitar aimed to create a synthesis of Venezuelan popular music with elaborate forms from the European tradition. He took inspiration firstly from popular and folk-inspired pieces such as the Venezuelan waltzes (valses venezolanos) and pieces written in traditional styles; secondly, from demanding works deploying the most sophisticated aspects and features of the Western compositional tradition, such as the Sonata and the Suite venezolana; and thirdly, contrapuntal styles. Lauro is a composer whose greatness is deserving of recognition above and beyond his accomplishments in the re-interpretation of music from the popular and folk traditions, hugely successful though these were. His great achievement as a composer was to absorb and synthesise, in an entirely idiosyncratic and personally creative manner, a range of highly distinct elements and to bring them to life in compositions of real substance. This recording aims to bring together all the different facets of Lauro's musical personality, while attempting to avoid the cliché of a folk-based, instinctual interpretation, instead approaching his music in a more structured manner.