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'Espana'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Espana'

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'Espana'

Albeniz Capricho Catalan, Op 65 No 5. Suite espanola, Op 47-Asturias; Sevilla. Torre bermeja, Op 92 No 12 Falla El Amor brujo--Danza ritual del fuego. Homenaje, pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy. Romance del pescador. El sombrero de tres picos--Danza del molinero Mompou Suite compostelana Segovia Estudio sin luz Torroba Castillos de Espana--No 1, Turgano; No 5, Alcaniz; No 6, Siguenza; No 8, Alcazar de Segovia. Toriija Turina Fandanguillo, Op 36. Sevillana Edoardo Catemario gtr Decca/Discovery [F] 476 3935 (76' * DDD)

Listening to this, the Italian-born guitarist Edoardo Catemario's tribute to the repertoire that caused him to fall in love with the guitar and with Spain, it's not so much the variety of tone but the spacious phrasing that immediately brings Segovia to mind. And no wonder: it was a recording of Segovia playing Torroba which an impressionable five-year-old Catemario wore out as he played it over and over and over. Thus, he says, 'In my childhood memories the guitar and Spain are one and the same'.

Catemario's repertoire is broad and deep, stretching from the Baroque to the avant-garde; he also performs Romantic music on original instruments with considerable facility--witness his fine recordings of the guitar concertos of Mauro Giuliani (Arts, 2/06). …

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