Italian guitarist Carlo Fierens was in town on tour and stopped by to record some guitars for us. He played all four movements of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sonata Op. 77, Omaggio a Boccherini on four different guitars: The first Allegro con Spirito movement on a 2006 Antonio Marin Montero in spruce and CSA rosewood; the second Andantino, Casi Canzone movement on a 1992 Ignacio Fleta in cedar and Indian that previously belonged to Norbert Kraft; the third Tempo di Minuetto movement on a 2006 Hermann Hauser III in spruce and CSA rosewood;
and the fourth Vivo Ed Energico movement on a great 1969 Edgar Monch in spruce and Indian that belonged to Celedonio Romero.

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One Response to “Carlo Fierens at GSI”

  1. jesse vernier says:

    I’m amazed by what players are achieving today. Carlo, its a wonderful thing that you are attempting here. And I would say its hardly a wonder that pieces like this haven’t been “programmable”. You are a wonderful player, and this is a wonderful achievement, and I hope that you can take a little criticism……. The effort you put into “holding” this piece, and the muscle memory that is inherent in its study, are still obstacles that need to be addressed. Mario is writing “chamber music” here. A string quartet, or a woodwind ensemble would not be using “excessive” accents. The first two movements are mired in your need to organize and memorize this very sophisticated dialogue with repetitive accenting. There are moments in the third movement, in which the writing stops that trend…and beautiful your playing is… the demands of the forth movement, force you to negotiate this issue…..and you do it beautifully. Start at the top, vary your tempos and phrase. Don’t accent except as a devise to shape your phrasing. Play it like Lang Lang might… or like a string quartet after a couple of bottles of wine…… the music is wonderful… try to forget you are playing the guitar….. sit and give it a “reading”…I pray for your success in this……be the one that leads the way.


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