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LAURO: Guitar Music, Vol. 2 - Sonata / 4 Estudios / Suite

Composer(s):Borges, RaulLauro, Antonio
Artist(s) Villadangos, Victor, guitar
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570250
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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In 1938, Antonio Lauro became the first Venezuelan to complete formal studies in classical guitar. Although it was through the waltz that Lauro found his way as a composer (his Venezuelan Waltzes are available on Naxos 8.554348), his output includes other rhythms and forms that span his country’s history and geography. The main work on this recording, the Sonata, written after Lauro’s imprisonment in 1951-52 for opposition to the ruling military junta, combines elements rooted in the musical heritage of Venezuela with western scholarly references.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2007

Orphaned before he was six years old, the young Venezuelan of Italian parents was to lead a colourful life that began as a student of the piano before moving to the guitar under the tutelage of Raul Borges. A move to a life touring as a popular entertainer took him around South America with particular popularity coming in Chile. Returning home he entered into a period studying composition, playing as an orchestral percussionist and appearing as a classical singer to fund those years. Time spent in prison during 1951 for opposing the dictatorship in Venezuela marked the beginning of a further chapter in his life and a more serious look at guitar composition. The years that followed brought the Sonata, Estudios en imitaciones and the Suite en homenaje a John Duarte, the three major



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