Laura plays Laura | Stradivarius STR37238

Laura plays Laura


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Label: Stradivarius

Cat No: STR37238

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th October 2023



This CD offers a vivid picture of the diverse and varied spirits that characterised the twentieth century, as told in music.

A milestone of twentieth-century guitar literature, Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70 (1963), by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) joins hands here with two pieces, Fantasia per Laura (2010) and Suite per chitarra (2016), by Giancarlo Facchinetti (1936-2017), a composer from Brescia who ‘with his biographical and artistic story, sums up the fragmented and contradictory course of twentieth-century music’. Alongside the mainland represented by the works of Britten and Facchinetti, the former unanimously historicised and the latter undoubtedly on the way to being so, five well-known songs belonging to the tradition of pop music have been inserted, like a small and intricate archipelago. Seemingly isolated, far removed from the seriousness of the classical context just described, yet dense with their own poetic originality, thanks in part to the inventiveness of the musicians who have succeeded so well in making guitar arrangements of them, the songs surface like water lilies among the leaden atmospheres elicited by Britten and Facchinetti, like an invitation to free our mind and soul from the meditative introversion characterising the Nocturnal, as well as the Fantasia and Suite.

The pieces in our programme alternate as if wishing to lead the listener through the meanderings of an emotional journey that culminates in the concluding Nocturnal.

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