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Tarrega won the first position: This is the world premiere for the modern complete works of the famous Spanish guitarist Francisco Tarrega by Italian Artist, Giulio Tampalini who has won several prestigious awards. In the history of the guitar, Francisco Tárrega, both the man and his work, are from a period when the instrument was in decline (late romanticism) and yet, he is surrounded by a mythology that has transformed him into the symbol of the renaissance guitar. Unfortunately, he did not live to see this rebirth. He was born in Vilareal de los Infantes, in the Valencia region of Spain. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Tárrega was little more than an amateur, self-taught guitarist, even though his exceptional capabilities were clearly evident and hinted at the musician he would become. In his early youth, he enrolled in the Conservatory of Madrid, taking classes in piano and solfedge and despite being a little late in his education, this instruction opened his musical horizons, feeding his fertile and instinctive musicality and rather than estranging him from the guitar as it could have, it was during this period that his calling as a guitarist fully manifested itself. Go to CD Complete works for guitar solo.
Alarico earn the second position: Agostino Steffani produced most of his operatic works in Germany, for the most part in Munich (between 1681 and 1688) and in Hannover. In Hannover between 1689 and 1709, before he became a diplomat and before he began his ecclesiastical career, the composer from Castelfranco composed at least eight operas for the city’s new opera theater becoming the point of reference for musical life. Today, along with Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), Steffani is considered one of the great creative talents of his time. He composed Alarico in 1687 in Munich. Go to the CD Alarico il Baltha, the audacious king of the Visigoths.
Hahn is in the third position: For all of his life, Reynaldo Hahn was accused of being a lounge musician, light hearted and superficial: his compositions were written for no other reason than to suit the academic needs of the Belle Époque and of the Entre-deux-guerres societies. Fortunately however, in recent years, a handful of performers and publishers have allowed us to discover the incredible richness of his eclectic but also fascinating work. In particular the piano music of Reynaldo Hahn, still little known, is in fact one of the original manifestations of his talent. The exceptional recordings in these four disks should ward off even the most stubborn prejudices. Go to the CD Complete works for piano solo.