It is my pleasure, and an honor, to be one of the first to record Raphael (Bullumba) Landestoy's music for guitar. I had the privilege of receiving, from him, a score of his music before I had ever heard it. No one had played all of his pieces before. I took it home and realized, as I read through it, that each piece was more beautiful than the last. I knew immediately that his music would be a major contribution to the literature for this instrument. He has also written music for the piano, and many songs. Antonio Lauro needs no introduction to the guitar public. He has written some of the most memorable and popular pieces for the guitar. Some of these are amongst the works on this recording. He has also written for piano, orchestra, strings, etc., including a guitar concerto. Agustin Barrios MangorÃ© is another giant in the guitar world. His inestimable works are a constant inspiration to all of us. He wrote over 300 pieces for the guitar. I have recorded only two, but hope to return to the treasure that is his music in future recordings.
Finally, I started composing for the guitar last year (2002). I am planning a series of Canons and Inventions, and these are the first fruits of that endeavor. I hope you will enjoy them.
Colombian born guitarist Francisco RoldÃ¡n currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Mr. RoldÃ¡n has performed in Colombia, South America and throughout the United States at Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall and CAMI Hall in New York, Harmony Hall in Maryland, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, for the Philadelphia Guitar Society, the Colombian Consulates in New York and in Boston, the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., the Spanish Institute, Gracie Mansion, the Americas Society, and various universities and libraries. He has played various concerti and has participated in numerous chamber music recitals with singers and instrumentalists. He has accompanied acclaimed flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja at the Repertorio EspaÃ±ol theatre in NYC for the past 8 seasons. In the 2000 season he played a solo recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Aranjuez Guitar Strings Series. In 1999 he was invited to perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez in two performances with the Celebrate! orchestra under the direction of Laurine Fox and was received with much public and critical acclaim. In 1996 Mr. RoldÃ¡n was invited to play a recital at the United Nations for the Colombian Consulate Independence Day Celebration.
Francisco RoldÃ¡n has been entertaining audiences since his early years at the Mannes College of Music in NYC. He received annual scholarships and attained the Master's Degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. Mr. RoldÃ¡n subsequently supplemented his studies by playing in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Michael Newman and Paul Odette. In the spring of 1993 he gave a solo New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall that launched his career as a soloist.
Francisco RoldÃ¡n interpreted the Aranjuez with a maximum display of technique and security...showing exquisiteness and dominion. La Voz Hispana
Mr. RoldÃ¡n gave a performance of the Krenek Suite as good as I have ever heard...his InvocaciÃ³n y la danza was played with technical dominion... Soundboard
"Mr. RoldÃ¡n is a virtuoso and interprets the music with a magical tone..." Noticias del Mundo
"Mr. RoldÃ¡n is clearly a virtuoso and an asset to the Colombian community..." Noticiero Colombiano e Hispano
1. Vals en Mi
2. Preludio - Presto
3. Preludio No. 2 - Moderato
4. Vals en La Menor
5. Criolla en La Menor - Moderato Ad Lib
6. Mazurka - Moderato
8. Sencillo - Vals Criolla
9. Fantasia - Allegro Moderato
11. Danza Negra
18. Valse Criollo - Allegro Ritmico
19. Sin Titulo
20. Medallon Antiguo
21. Sarita - Mazurka
22. El Negrito
23. La Gatica