Music of Giuliani
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If you've ever been to a guitarist's concert who played Giuliani, you probably have heard the overture, the first piece of this disc. That's not a complaint, either; it is one of the first truly virtuoso pieces for guitar from the classical era. Russell gives us a perfect interpretation here, as usual.
The highlight here is the two Rossinianas on the disc. Their lyricism is unique among Giuliani's works, being more complicated and more impassioned than most. Some guitar lovers are enthusiastic about any Giuliani music simply because it is some of the very little music that resembles the classical viennese style; These Rossinianas do not require any die-hard fans to defend them, their charm should appeal to any Mozart lover who can so much as tolerate guitar. The op. 150 is also very good, and the somewhat well-known op. 15 is given a particularly lovely slow movement here.
(Giuliani, like many in his time, wrote many sets of variations, none of which appear here--an important choice by Russell because it shows Giuliani's control of other forms. To sample some of these, try the variations disc on Naxos.Read more ›
It is that ethos plus superb technique that drives this rating.
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Giuliani, like Paganini, drowned his best works in a plethora of merely competent pieces. Their muse was limited, but their best works stand comparison with the finest productions... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Alexander Macallister
I heard this on my way to a wedding 2009 and feel in love. I was headed for the Tampa area and could not get out of the car when I reached my destination. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Stephen E. Ewing
No, this is not music by Hillary Clinton's one-time political opponent; rather, it is music by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829), who 200 years ago was what we now rather loosely refer to... Read morePublished on July 19, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring