Daniel Stanislawek - John Anthony Lennon: Player's Fair

Daniel Stanislawek - John Anthony Lennon: Player's Fair
Genre:
Album:
John Anthony Lennon: Player's Fair
Styles:
Chamber Music
Duration:
55:20
Release Date:
2005

In his youth, John Anthony Lennon studied classical guitar, and his enthusiasm for the instrument has lasted into maturity, as evident in Player's Fair, a 2005 collection from Albany of his etudes and short pieces for the instrument. Lennon's music is approachable and quite enjoyable, partly because of his use of strongly defined melodies, vibrant tone colors, and rich, quasi-tonal harmonies, but also because his writing is always idiomatic and carefully voiced to sound natural and clear. This ability to make the guitar "speak" puts Lennon far ahead of composers who merely write what looks good on paper without concern for how the music works acoustically. Anyone who hears the Concert Etudes (12), The Fortunels, or the three independent pieces, Gigolo, Thirteen, and Play of the Sixes, can tell instantly that Lennon thoroughly understands the guitar's techniques, both conventional and extended, and that he plans his music around its inherent possibilities instead of inserting flashy tricks for effect in what otherwise would be generic music. The organic quality of these pieces is further enhanced by guitarist Daniel Stanislawek's sympathetic playing, which unifies the album's varied expressions through a deeply personal communication and elevates these performances to a highly artistic level. Albany's recording is close-up and crisp, so every attack and nuance of the performance is audible. But be especially prepared for the violent snap at the beginning of Thirteen, which is quite unsettling if the volume is set too high.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Gigolo, for guitarDaniel Stanislawek2:37
Concert Etudes (12), for guitar
NocturneDaniel Stanislawek3:43
FantasyDaniel Stanislawek1:21
ScherzoDaniel Stanislawek2:01
ToccataDaniel Stanislawek1:25
EcossaiseDaniel Stanislawek0:41
CavatinaDaniel Stanislawek3:00
SerenataDaniel Stanislawek2:11
ImpromptuDaniel Stanislawek1:15
BagatelleDaniel Stanislawek1:40
EclogueDaniel Stanislawek3:17
BerceuseDaniel Stanislawek1:59
BurlesqueDaniel Stanislawek3:25
Thirteen, for guitarDaniel Stanislawek9:17
The Fortunels, for guitar
Forbidden DancesDaniel Stanislawek5:24 Amazon
As She SingsDaniel Stanislawek5:33
Sacred IdyllsDaniel Stanislawek4:33 Amazon
Zingari, concerto for guitar & orchestra
4. Play of the SixesDaniel Stanislawek1:58

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