Denian Arcoleo | Gilbert Biberian: 24 Preludes for Guitar, Vol. 1

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Gilbert Biberian: 24 Preludes for Guitar, Vol. 1

by Denian Arcoleo

Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Prelude number 1: Tombeau
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2. Prelude number 2: Arabesques
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3. Prelude number 3: Las Campanelas
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4. Prelude number 4: Colombine
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5. Prelude number 5: Zodiac
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6. Prelude number 6: Pierrot
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7. Prelude number 7: The River
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8. Prelude number 8: The Romantic
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9. Prelude number 9: The Sufi
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10. Prelude number 10: Bolero
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11. Prelude number 11: The Harp
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12. Prelude number 12: Harlequin
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Denian Arcoleo (born 1963) spent his childhood in various countries during which time he learned how to play the classical guitar, studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Dartington College Devon. Denian Arcoleo is now returning to the concert platform after a break in his career. He took a long sabbatical in order to raise his four wonderful children and during that hiatus he perfected his art to the highest degree.
Denian has performed in many and varied places such as the major music festivals at Warwick, Truro, Endellion, and Frome amongst others; St Martin-in-the-Fields, many recitals in beautiful churches around Britain; abroad in Dubai, France, Italy and Belgium. He has performed as soloist, as part of the Domani flute and guitar duo with his wife Helen, as part of the Cuatro guitar quartet (Queen Elizabeth Hall) and in partnership with Agustin Fernandez (Latin American music for Charango and guitar) in many varied venues. As a youngster he worked for Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now foundation and performed in a great variety of places which don’t normally get to hear high quality live music. Denian is also a recording artist and studio musician, recently contributing his guitar artistry to the new Vanessa Freeman album being produced by Mike Patto.
Since the end of 2007 Denian has been working very closely with Gilbert Biberian, one of the greatest composers for the classical guitar alive today, on a project to record many of Biberian’s major compositions for the instrument. The first part of this project is available for purchase right now in the store area of this website.

Denian is also a composer for his instrument and is in the process of recording the first CD of his own music, which will include his Fantasy Folksongs and the Sonatina. The CD will appear on these pages once it’s finished.

You can also watch and listen to him playing a wide variety of music on his YouTube channel at


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John Lasseter

excellent recording of badly under-appreciated works
Gilbert Biberian seems almost criminally neglected in the repertoire that's been recorded. This is the only album I've found that is dedicated solely to his music, and it's a real gem. Arcoleo plays each of these works with great sensitivity and flawless execution, and they are, to the last, wonderful pieces, ranging from the brief and light No. 2 ("arabesque") to more substantial compositions like the meditative No. 9 ("The Sufi") and the virtuosic No. 11 ("The Harp"). I am very much looking forward to Arcoleo recording the remaining 12 of these works.

John Matro

extraordinarie preludes
I've heard most cycles of preludes for the guitar, including Ponce, Villa-Lobos, Carlevaro, Badings, Sanguet, Asafiev and others and the Biberian preludes are in the top tier of these.

A couple years after this Vol. 1 set came out, I tracked down the author and talked to him over the phone. He said that he has no intention of following up with a Vol. 2. He was caught up in family life and other interests and the meager financial reward of recording a classical guitar CD for a very small number of buyers is not worth it. I begged him to reconsider but he seemed like he was sure of his decision. That was 5 years ago, so I wouldn't hold my breath for Vol. 2