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ESCOBAR, Jose Antonio: Guitar Music of Chile

Artist(s) Escobar, Jose Antonio, guitar
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570341
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A new generation of Chilean composers, influenced by national folkloric traditions and the best of contemporary music, is featured in a programme of varied styles, rhythms and concepts. The music of Violeta Parra in guitar arrangements is also presented here for the first time along with recent compositions by Chile's foremost younger artists. Chilean musicians find themselves at the crossroads of creative development where popular art forms of Chile, South America and Spain converge and classical music merges with the modern.


Review By Phil Richards,Readings Monthly,May 2008

With this disc, Naxos continue their support for the world of guitar music. There are now around 200 recordings on the Naxos label that feature the classical guitar. This exceIlent recording features works from composers I had never heard of and who are also very young. The exception is the five Anticuecas written by singer Violeta Parra in 1961. This singer's importance to Chile is honored in the sonata Homenaje a Violeta Parra written by Juan Antonio Sanchez, also on this CD. All pieces are played here by Chilean guitarist Jose Antonio Escobar and he plays beautifully. He is just one of a new generation of Chilean artists and composers, influenced by national folkloric traditions and the best of contemporary music. Highly recommended.

Review By Jeffrey Rossman,Classical Voice of North Carolina (,March 2008

Escobar is an expressive, mature artist who has transcended the nitty-gritty of technique and gets to the essence of the music. In addition, the reliably excellent engineering of Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver makes this a sonic joy. Highly recommended. © Jeffrey Rossman & CVNC. Reproduced with permission. Read complete review

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

Largely unknown in the international world of music, contemporary Chilean composers are producing a wide range of guitar works, a selection here stunningly played by Jose Antonio Escobar. Most were written in the last decade, the one major exception, and rather unusual contribution, coming from Violeta Parra. The distinguished Chilean singer was born in 1917 her life experiences related in five Anticuecas. It washer performances preserved on disc that were used after her death in 1967 to create the published scores. They seem like a series of short sound-bites that sometimes end in mid-air, but are harmonically fascinating. Generally the music on the disc would, in the classical world, be described as ‘light’, though it is often exceedingly difficult in its fast



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