Complete Works for Guitar v.1 (Ondine)


Timo Korhonen, guitar
Sakari Oramo conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Ondine cover

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The first volume of the Complete Guitar works includes the Guitar Concerto, the Introduction to Choros, and the Etudes.

Timo Korhonen's recording of the Introduction to Choros was possibly the world premiere recording. He discusses the work in this interview: “Rally Driving and Villa-Lobos: Timo Korhonen talks to Colin Cooper

"The Villa-Lobos world premiere recording in my collection is Introduction aux Choros, for orchestra and guitar, dating from 1929. After completing the Choros cycle, Villa-Lobos went on to compose an introduction to it along the lines of a traditional symphonic overture. This Introduction aux Choros is a kind of potpourri in which he draws on themes of previous choros compositions. The work generates a special tension by pitting the lyrical guitar against a large orchestra. The guitar is given several short solos sandwiched between longer orchestral passages. In the manuscript in 1929 the composer specified 'chitarra con microphone' It is difficult to understand why it has been performed so few times until today. The overture ends with the rising motive of the opening bar of Choros No. 1."

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