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Villa-Lobos: Five Preludes

Magazine article Gramophone

Villa-Lobos: Five Preludes

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Villa-Lobos Five Preludes. Guitar Concerto (a). Melodia sentimental (arr Chmielarz) (b)

Krzysztof Meisinger gtr (b) Andrew Haveron vn (ab) Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Jose Maria Florencio Fuga Libera [F] FUG599 (52' * DDD)

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Polish guitarist Meisinger plays solo and concertante V-L

Villa-Lobos's Five Preludes (1940) are, alongside the Twelve Studies (1924-29; not included on this new disc), the cornerstones of the modern guitar repertory, with a rich recorded legacy from Gramophone Hall of Fame members Segovia (dedicatee of most), Bream and Williams not least, Turibio Santos, Yepes and many others.

Krzysztof Meisinger is certainly a fine player with a warm tone and enviable technique. His way with the Preludes is loving to the point of sensuality. Where most interpretations of the First (the homage to the Brazilian peasant) ran at around the five-minute mark, Meisinger takes 6'20", quite convincingly. Nos 2-3 are similarly extended, the Bachian Third uneasily to a full 7'30". Yet in Nos 4 and 5 Meisinger is more up-tempo; comparisons with the often sedate Korhonen (with whose versions John Duarte was not wholly impressed) show that having trailed in Nos 1-3 by over two and a half minutes, Meisinger cuts the deficit by more than 60 seconds in Nos 4-5, yet without sounding rushed. …

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