There are places and stories ,which join us through music ,and evolve and change in the gaily-coloured tesserae of this recording mosaic. 1805 : Napolèon Coste (1805-1883) comes to the world in Amodans, a little french village near Switzerland. His father,an army officer, hoped Napoléon schould become a soldier like him. Fate choosed another way for him: music was his only weapon, so powerful and so victorious to push him to become quickly one of the greatest musicians of romantic guitar. Many pictures and also the breath of the lovely french spot live in “Les soirées d'Auteuil Op.23”, which include two “movimenti” -Serenade and Scherzo-of the collection “Souvenirs”.
1806: the birth of Johann Kaspar Metz (1806-1856) only one year later,
in Bratislava,the ancient Pressburg. In 1840, he moves to Vien, where he marries a very talented pianist. In 1846 Metz risks his life because of a wrong quantity of strychnine he drank as a medecine to treat a painful neuralgia. His wife take care of him for the whole year of his convalescence: the “ Fantasie Hongroise”, affected by some structural forms of piano music, is composed in this period. During the following ten years, Metz's fame and bravura spread all over East Europe and let him to win the first prize at the Bruxelles musical contest, conceived by the great guitarist Makaroff, in december 1856 : unfortunately a posthumous prize because Metz died the previous 14 october. Freakish fate gives to Coste the second prize. Other places and other stories bring us to Spain where, during a concert by Anyonio Jiménez Manjon, a blind guitarist, Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) feels a deep calling for music which carries him to explore popular expressions of this art. The anonymous theme of “Follia” , one of the most ancient themes of the european tradition, charmes him so strongly that he decides to complete the work by Sor, who has been Coste's teacher, with “Variazioni Op.15”. Music world is and has always been a texture of talents and abilities which interlace. So, young Segovia had the honour to meet an already famoues Llobet ,and ,later but in the same way,an already famous Segovia, conscious of his talent, pushed an hesitant Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) to write for guitar : it's 1932, in 1936,in three days only, theTarantella Op.87a) is ready. In 1961 the composer refines his sensibility in “El Sueno de la Razon Produce Mostruos” ,one of the 24 Capricos inspired to Goya's pictures. In Florence, the most loved town by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, the sicilian guitarist Nuccio D'Angelo (1955)composes “Due Canzoni Lidie”,divided into “Espressivo” and “Agitato”: he exploits the archaic mode called “Lidio” through which time from changes ancient into modern. Same year of birth for the french composer Roland Dyens,from Algeria, and for Alfonso Montes , from Venezuela, but very different both inspiration and style. Dyens tells about his desease and he expresses its evolution in three times ; before the desease in “India”, during the desease in “Largo” and then the new life in “Fuoco”.Montes describes with intense melancholy the sense of parting in Preludio de Adios”. Music cannot exist, if always the same: it's the guide line of this work and the reason of life for Luchino Belmonti (1931-2002) who, from a little town near Imperia, Pieve di Teco, spreads everywhere his innovating ideas. His theory of the “integral scale”is used even in 1997 in his only work for guitar “Vagando” here performed for the first time in the world.