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Corbetta - Carter - Guitar - Classical Guitar Magazine


01 June 2005
Classical Guitar Magazine
Stephen Kenyon

A few months ago I reviewed a CD of this repertoire from Lex Eisenhardt (VERbena CD2003-01) and it is very interesting to find another of the same composer and musical source, albeit with not single actual musical duplication. Carter is best known as part of the excellent Palladian Ensemble and this is his first solo release. Carter's choice from this collection starts with some strange sounds, and listening to the opening tracks prior to prising the booklet out of the case, a prelude making up track four immediately had the reviewer's mental sketch-up racing to hyperbole such as ‘unprecedented' as this track unfolded as a deeply Moorish-Spanish composition. The very first track is a confection of various chaconnes assembled by Carter into 10-minute structure. And provided this sort of thing is made plain and open. I think it is actually rather fine to take a creative approach to this repertoire. We don't have to be more precious and protective of it than its composer was. 


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