Mario Giuliani

May 17, 2008

Mario Giuliani

Mario Giuliani. Works for violin and guitar. Duo Concertante - violin: Kim Sjøgren; guitar: Lars Hannibal. OUR Recordings . 8.226904<br><br>Mario Giuliani (1781 - 1829) is today mainly known by lovers of the classical guitarmusic. When he lived he was an unavoidable Italian guitarvirtuoso and&nbsp; one of the last great classical spokesmen for his instrumet until its re-rise in the beginning of the 20. century. <br><br>After a succesful&nbsp; European Tour, he settled down in Vienna in 1806 while the italians more loved&nbsp; opera than classical guitar, and here he was soon a part of the Viennese establishment. Apart from performing others music he also composed, and three of his works for violin and guitar is&nbsp; recorded by Duo Concertante,&nbsp; Kim Sjøgren on violin and Lars Hannibal on guitar. Even the guitar,as mentioned, was Giulianis prefered instrument, it is interesting enough the focus on this cd is on the violin, where the guitar more has an accompagnement function. <br><br>The music is sweet, languorous, seductive, and particulary romantic! The comparison could be with todays informel and artistic un ambitious&nbsp; easy listening, that do not move the listener but is a delicious back ground sound. But being played so clever like on this recording of two such good musicians as Sjøgren and Hannibal, you can only nod your head in appreciation. The three works are rhytmical&nbsp; well modulated and melodic inspired, and it is great that those recordings from 1988 is released on a cd that is perfect for loaf Sundays!<br><br>Jakob Holm, Kristligt dagblad January 2008