Fernando Sor

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Fernando Sor

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This Sor recording includes several of my own personal favorites as well as a few little-known works that perhaps deserve more attention. In my opinion, Sor’s genius comes through most clearly in his short pieces, many of them perfect little gems filled with elegance, balance, refinement, and above all, beauty. His style, though deeply rooted in the Viennese School of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, is also imbued, at least at times, with distinct Spanish flavors.

Because of his military background, it is not surprising to see how many of these pieces have some sort of military allusions. His variations on “Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre” (Marlborough goes to war) is an example, and the rapid octaves of his Study op. 6, no. 10, seem to depict a battle scene culminating in “God Save the King.” He wrote many marches as well, but most curiously, and much less conspicuous, is a theme in his Sonata op.15(b), which seems to evoke “La Marseillaise.” When we compare the two themes, the similarities are undeniable.
 

Manuel Barrueco

October 20, 2016


La presente grabación de Sor incluye algunas de mis obras favoritas, así como algunas obras poco conocidas que acaso merecen mayor atención. En mi opinión, el genio de Sor se manifiesta más claramente en sus piezas breves; pequeñas joyas repletas de elegancia, equilibrio, refinamiento y, sobre todo, belleza. Su estilo, pese a las raíces profundas en la Escuela de Viena de Mozart, Haydn y Beethoven, también está imbuido, cuando menos a veces, de sabores distintivos españoles.
 
A causa de la propia experiencia militar de Sor, no sorprende ver cómo algunas de estas piezas presentan alusiones militares. Sus variaciones de "Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre" (Mambrú se va a la guerra) es un ejemplo, y las rápidas octavas de su Estudio op. 6, n. 10 parecen representar una escena de guerra que culmina con "Dios salve al Rey". También escribió muchas marchas, pero más curioso y menos obvio es un tema de su Sonata op. 15(b), el cual parece evocar "La Marsellesa". Cuando comparamos ambos temas, las similitudes son innegables. 
 
Manuel Barrueco

20 de octubre de 2016
 

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