Gerhard & Mompou: Complete Music for Solo Guitar Marco Ramelli
- Federico Mompou (1893 - 1987):
- 1Cançó i dansa, No. 10: I. Cançó02:25
- 2Cançó i dansa, No. 10: II. Dansa01:41
- 3Cançó i dansa, No. 13: I. Cançó03:29
- 4Cançó i dansa, No. 13: II. Dansa01:27
- Suite compostelana:
- 5Suite compostelana: I. Preludio03:33
- 6Suite compostelana: II. Coral03:23
- 7Suite compostelana: III. Cuna03:39
- 8Suite compostelana: IV. Recitativo03:17
- 9Suite compostelana: V. Canción02:55
- 10Suite compostelana: VI. Muñeira02:51
- Emilio Pujol (1886 - 1980):
- 11El cant dels ocells03:16
- 12La plume de perdreau00:43
- Roberto Gerhard (1896 - 1970):
- For Whom the Bell Tolls:
- 14For Whom the Bell Tolls: I. Recoinnaisance. a. The Bridge02:01
- 15For Whom the Bell Tolls: I. Recoinnaisance. b. Pablo01:31
- 16For Whom the Bell Tolls: I. Recoinnaisance. c. Pilar01:41
- 17For Whom the Bell Tolls: I. Recoinnaisance. d. Recoinnaisance01:27
- 18For Whom the Bell Tolls: II. The Moon of May02:15
- 19For Whom the Bell Tolls: III. Verdict on Pablo. a. Un galán y su Morena01:39
- 20For Whom the Bell Tolls: III. Verdict on Pablo. b. The Bell02:10
- 21For Whom the Bell Tolls: III. Verdict on Pablo. c. La muerte y la doncella01:14
- 22For Whom the Bell Tolls: IV. The Bridge01:49
Info for Gerhard & Mompou: Complete Music for Solo Guitar
The contrasting voices of two Catalan composers, friends in life, now joined together in recording for the first time.
Federico Mompou was the shy post-Romantic, Roberto Gerhard the gregarious Modernist. Quite unalike in personality, in artistic aims and language, the two nonetheless held each other in high esteem.
Like so many other composers, Mompou began to write guitar music having met and been inspired by Andrés Segovia. This friendship principally yielded the six-movement Suite Compostelana. A Baroque construction enclosing a flowing, arpeggiated Prelude, a crystalline Chorale, a searching Recitative and a deftly embroidered Canción, the Suite is entirely original in its themes with the exception of the joyful stamp of the finale which is based on the Muiñeira de Lugo, a typical Galician dance usually played on a form of bagpipe known as a gaita.
In complement to the Suite Compostelana, Marco Ramelli adds a pair of the Cançons i danses, transcribed from the piano originals for solo guitar. These poetic miniatures, mostly gentle in mood, were a kind of diary for Mompou, compiled one by one throughout his career. Their reserved Impressionism perfects a particular personality belonging to ‘The Spanish Guitar’. Roberto Gerhard brought its more extrovert side to life with a sequence of incidental music written for a TV adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel For Whom The Bell Tolls – made in England, shortly after the composer had moved there as an exile from the Spanish Civil War.
For this recording, Marco Ramelli has used a guitar built in 1931 in Barcelona by Francisco Simplicio, one of the most important Catalan luthiers. Its intense and raw sound forms a native counterpart to both the poetic moods of Mompou and Gerhard’s dissonances.
Marco Ramelli, guitar
is a guitarist, composer, lecturer and artistic director from Milano, Italy.
Born in Milan (Italy), Marco has graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters Degree of Performance (APEL) with Distinction under the supervision of Prof. Allan Neave and Prof. Rory Boyle in composition.
Marco began studying guitar with Prof. Andrea Dieci. In just seven years he graduated as a private candidate from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire of Music in Milan and obtained a second level postgraduate diploma (with full marks and magna com laude) at the Luca Marenzio Conservatoire of Music in Darfo Boario Terme (Italy). Marco obtained a further postgraduate diploma in “Chamber Music” with full marks; all in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Computer science. He has participated in masterclasses throughout Europe with world-renowned guitarists such as Pavel Steidl, Oscar Ghiglia and the Japanese harpist Naoko Yoshino.
Marco currently teaches at DIT conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and he is a Doctorate candidate (guitar and composition) at the RCS. Marco’s RCS Contemporary Guitar research project involves composers, guitar maker and institutions from all over the world with the aim of widening the guitar repertoire and find new possible development in the technique and the construction of this beautiful instruments.
During his career he has been awarded various First Prizes in international competitions all over Europe, including the inaugural “Scottish International Guitar Competition” at the Glasgow Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the “Governors’ Prize for Strings”, the “Blas Sanchez” competition in Spain, the “Città di Seveso” competition, the “Rocco Peruggini” competition, the Riviera Etrusca competition. In addition, he won the second prize in the renowned International Seville Guitar Competition (Spain) and in the “Concours guitare espagnol” in Albi (France). He was a finalist of the Gredo San Diego competition in Madrid (Spain).
His concertistic career also includes performances at several international music festivals, including the “Stagione Internazionale della Chitarra di Lodi”, the “Big Guitar Weekend” in Glasgow, “Aberdeen International Youth Festival”, the “Guitar Master” in Brighton, “Concerti al Castello Sforzesco” in Milano, Festival Internazionale di Lagonegro, the “Edinburgh Fringe Festival”, the “Ullapool Guitar Festival” and the “Tolmen International Guitar Festival” in Cornwall.
As a composer, Marco won the prestigious “World Guitar Composition Competition” in Serbia with his composition “Im Nebel, homage to Kengiro Azuma”. His music is performed in Italy and abroad by internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles including Lorenzo Micheli, Sean Shibe, Andrea Dieci, Marta Dolzadelli, Alberto Mesirca, Duo Ricci-Colonna, Sasha Savaloni, and Juliane Bergemann.
As a keen advocate of contemporary music, Marco has established fruitful and continuous collaborations with some composers. It is especially worth mentioning its first recording of pieces by Blas Sanchez (ES), Rory Boyle (UK), Sergio Sorrentino (IT) and Tomas Marco (ES). Renowned composers dedicated music to him including Raffaele De Giacometti, Fabio Selvafiorita, Matteo Rigotti, Kai Nieminem, e Sergio Sorrentino.
His debut album “Energico” was released by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Nimbus Alliance in 2013 with music by Paganini, Llobet, Boyle and Takemitsu. Classical Guitar Magazine wrote about the recording: “A major step towards international recognition from a young guitarists with much to offer”. He has also made recordings for Naxos, Dynamic records and Radio of Las Palmas.
But his dedication to music is not only confined to his performances: Marco is also Artistic Director of some music festivals in Italy – for instance, the increasingly important Young European Guitar Stars and Festival Corde d’Autunno in Milan in collaboration with the Sistema Italia – as well as a very enthusiastic guitar teacher. From 2004 to 2014 he inspired the creation of more than sixty events that have evolved a lot of young artists.
Among other activities, Marco regularly teaches in courses and masterclasses organized each year in some of the most beautiful Italian countryside and mountains, including the “Suono, Chitarra e Natura” and “Corso estivo città di Sulbiate e Mezzago”. In 2015 he was assistant in the Summer Guitar Course of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.