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Guitar Recital: Cherouana, Lazhar - RAMEAU, J.-P. / REGONDI, G. / LEGNANI, L. / ASENCIO, V. / MANJON, A.J. / BOGDANOVIC, D.

Artist(s) Cherouana, Lazhar, guitar
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)ContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.573226
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Lazhar Cherouana, winner of the 2012 coveted Pittaluga Competition, graduated with a gold medal from the conservatory of Lyon under the world famous Peruvian artist Jesús Castro-Balbi, studying further with Eliot Fisk and Marco Tamayo in Austria. Here he demonstrates the guitar’s versatility and capacity to absorb many styles and idioms. Rameau’s mimicry of birdsong is the spectacular opening to a program which unites Dusan Bogdanovic’s Serbian energy with the Basque lyricism of Manjón’s Aire Vasco, and the delicate colors of Asencio’s Collectici íntim to the 19th-century Italianate virtuosity of Legnani and Regondi.


Review By David Denton,David’s Review Corner,August 2013

Its another week and another new guitar competition winner will be emerging, Lazhar Cherouana taking the first prize in the 2012 Michele Pittaluga Competition. Will this one have a big career? Well he certainly starts out looking the part, and I am sure he is delighted to record his own arrangements of two pieces by Rameau. He then goes on to offer his credentials as a performer in every style of composition over the past two hundred and fifty years in a programme that is far from hackneyed. I was particularly delighted that he has included the Second Sonata by Dusan Bogdanovic…In four movements full of crunchy modern harmonies…the finale is full of vivacity and virtuosity. To those outside of the guitar fraternity the name of the 20th century Spanish



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