Kile Smith recommends…
Contemporary Music for Guitar
Cem Duruöz. Centaur 2563
The Turkish-born guitarist Cem (pronounced “Gem”) Duruöz concertizes on four continents, and his wide-ranging career mixes tango with French baroque, electronics, jazz, and the popular Rodrigo concerto. The music on this CD comes from a mostly contemplative vein, and is a fine introduction to playing of exquisite color and passion.
The most recognizable composer’s name is William Walton, whose Five Bagatelles include a delicious “Alla Cubana” and melting “Sempre Espressivo.” Styles roam from the appealing mood-setting of David Hahn to the classic taped accompaniment of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms, from Nicky Hind’s ambient washes of soft clusters to a delightful Prelude by the Rumanian-Turkish composer Bujor Hoinic. Duruöz plays with a tonal control that will gladden the heart of any guitar aficionado.