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Ricardo Cobo
With an unprecedented array of first prizes in major international
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competitions, Colombia-born Ricardo Cobo is recognised as one of the
world’s leading virtuosi of the new classical guitar generation. He
made his professional début with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá
at the age of seventeen in a nationwide broadcast for an audience of
over nine million. He made his astonishing début before American
LATIN AMERICAN
audiences as the first Hispanic ever to win consecutive medals at the
Guitar Foundation of America Solo International Competition. Equally GUITAR MUSIC

Photo: Henry Fair


in demand as chamber musician, pedagogue and recording artist,
Cobo’s busy touring schedule has taken him from New York’s
Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall to Korea’s Ho Ham Hall, the Astor Piazzolla • Leo Brouwer • Máximo Pujol
Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and
Zaragoza’s Palacio Real, to Venezuela’s Teresa Carreño, and his native
Colombia’s National Library, among hundreds of others. His
versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children’s music,
Ricardo Cobo, Guitar
his orchestral and cross-over recordings, and in hundreds of credits for commercial releases
worldwide. His diverse and innovative programming ranges from solo concerti with orchestra to
historical chamber settings as well as Tango and Flamenco dance ensembles to Latin and world
music concerts. His performance of the historic American première of Leo Brouwer’s Concerto de
Toronto under the composer’s own baton with the San Antonio Symphony was highly acclaimed
by the critical press. Ricardo Cobo has been decorated by his country on numerous occasions,
receiving the Colombian Order of Cañasgordas and the Order of Belacazar for outstanding merit in
cultural affairs. He now lives in Las Vegas.

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Latin American Guitar Music knowledge of Argentinian and South American progressions and idiomatic guitar riffs. The more
The guitar has become inextricably woven into tenderness and with a singular rubato. popular style is tastefully present through his quietly flowing lines of the Danza in E minor
the soul of Latin American music since its Better known for his modern virtuosic solo arrangements and original compositions. take us back to a not-so-distant past of South
arrival from the Iberian Peninsula. From the guitar Sambas and Chôros, Marta by Marco Milonga del viento (Milonga of the Wind) America.
meditative vihuela tablatures to the gut- Pereira (b.1956) reveals an enchanting evokes nostalgic images through the unique Un día de noviembre (One Day in
wrenching songs of gypsy cantaores, the guitar vulnerability with its folding half-step “wind-chime” effect of campanella fingerings November) became an instant hit with audiences
personified aesthetic opposites, which played a harmonies and progressions. on the guitar. and guitar enthusiasts around the world. With
key rôle in the evolution of its sound in the The exceptional pianist Horacio Salgán In sharp contrast to Morel’s Milonga, the the exception of its simple and heartfelt lyricism,
Americas. European forms and dances were became one of the pioneers of the ‘New Tango’ Uruguyan Abel Carlevaro’s Milonga oriental is this gently rocking and evocative ballad is unlike
transformed by the magic realism and during the 1960s. His music elevated traditional a studied and driving bass-milonga with an most of Leo Brouwer’s (b.1939) contemporary
inexhaustible angst of the New World into a Tango to solo and chamber music repertoire. Oriental flavour. and rhythmically complex music.
unique language full of verve, passion, defiance, This arrangement of Don Agustín Bardi came Evocative of Gershwin’s piano themes,
pathos and ebullient sensuality. Valse-Pasillo- from an old cassette recording which Jorge Little Rhapsody is a player’s delight, complete
Joropo, Milonga-Candombe-Tango... Salsa- Morel transcribed by ear. with irresistible triple-meter themes, pseudo-jazz Ricardo Cobo
Merengue-Vallenato... Saudade-Samba- Bossa One of the outstanding singer/composers of
Nova...and so on. No one collection could the Tango’s early years, Angel Villoldo,
possibly represent the sheer breadth and variety composed his El Choclo around 1903 in the
of musical forms we know today as Latin restaurant where it was first played. Referred to
America. The music included here represents as a Tango Criollo (Creole Tango), El Choclo
contrasting styles from Argentina, Brazil, became a classic and sold over 30,000 printed
Uruguay and a timeless ballad from Cuba’s Leo copies. My arrangement comes from a printed
Brouwer. piano version of the original. This recording was made possible by a gift from the Edmond and Alex Cobo Fund. Special thanks to
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), the Born in Buenos Aires in 1957, the guitarist- Dr Joseph Fayad and Dr Daniel McBride for their generosity and support.
controversial pioneer of the avant-garde Tango, composer Máximo Diego Pujol creates music
transformed the music to instrumental high art. that blends old and new with cosmopolitan
His restless fusion of jazz, modern and elegance and exciting rhythmic urgency. His
traditional Tango yielded some of the most innate feel for the spirit of milonga can be heard
sought-after compositions for arrangers and in much of his music. The haunting sadness of
performers alike. I arranged this version of La the simple architecture of Stella australis
muerte del angel and Primavera porteña for solo contrasts with the complex and dynamic mood
guitar from printed chart editions and Piazzolla’s changes outlined in the Elegía por la muerte de
1973 recording. un tanguero (Elegy for the Death of a
The bewitching melancholy of the waltzes Tanguero), a three-movement homage to Astor
of Dilermando Reis (1916-1977) is hard to resist Piazzolla.
on a first hearing. Se ela preguntar (If I should The admiration shown by Jorge Morel
ask her) and Promessa have become standards of (b.1931) for traditional American jazz is evident
Brazilian popular music. Unlike the music of in much of his solo guitar music and orchestral
Gnatali, Gismonti or Pereira, Reis preferred the writing. His roots, however, are deeply
more traditional Brazilian guitar style, full of embedded in the soul of milonga, and his

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Latin American Guitar Music knowledge of Argentinian and South American progressions and idiomatic guitar riffs. The more
The guitar has become inextricably woven into tenderness and with a singular rubato. popular style is tastefully present through his quietly flowing lines of the Danza in E minor
the soul of Latin American music since its Better known for his modern virtuosic solo arrangements and original compositions. take us back to a not-so-distant past of South
arrival from the Iberian Peninsula. From the guitar Sambas and Chôros, Marta by Marco Milonga del viento (Milonga of the Wind) America.
meditative vihuela tablatures to the gut- Pereira (b.1956) reveals an enchanting evokes nostalgic images through the unique Un día de noviembre (One Day in
wrenching songs of gypsy cantaores, the guitar vulnerability with its folding half-step “wind-chime” effect of campanella fingerings November) became an instant hit with audiences
personified aesthetic opposites, which played a harmonies and progressions. on the guitar. and guitar enthusiasts around the world. With
key rôle in the evolution of its sound in the The exceptional pianist Horacio Salgán In sharp contrast to Morel’s Milonga, the the exception of its simple and heartfelt lyricism,
Americas. European forms and dances were became one of the pioneers of the ‘New Tango’ Uruguyan Abel Carlevaro’s Milonga oriental is this gently rocking and evocative ballad is unlike
transformed by the magic realism and during the 1960s. His music elevated traditional a studied and driving bass-milonga with an most of Leo Brouwer’s (b.1939) contemporary
inexhaustible angst of the New World into a Tango to solo and chamber music repertoire. Oriental flavour. and rhythmically complex music.
unique language full of verve, passion, defiance, This arrangement of Don Agustín Bardi came Evocative of Gershwin’s piano themes,
pathos and ebullient sensuality. Valse-Pasillo- from an old cassette recording which Jorge Little Rhapsody is a player’s delight, complete
Joropo, Milonga-Candombe-Tango... Salsa- Morel transcribed by ear. with irresistible triple-meter themes, pseudo-jazz Ricardo Cobo
Merengue-Vallenato... Saudade-Samba- Bossa One of the outstanding singer/composers of
Nova...and so on. No one collection could the Tango’s early years, Angel Villoldo,
possibly represent the sheer breadth and variety composed his El Choclo around 1903 in the
of musical forms we know today as Latin restaurant where it was first played. Referred to
America. The music included here represents as a Tango Criollo (Creole Tango), El Choclo
contrasting styles from Argentina, Brazil, became a classic and sold over 30,000 printed
Uruguay and a timeless ballad from Cuba’s Leo copies. My arrangement comes from a printed
Brouwer. piano version of the original. This recording was made possible by a gift from the Edmond and Alex Cobo Fund. Special thanks to
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), the Born in Buenos Aires in 1957, the guitarist- Dr Joseph Fayad and Dr Daniel McBride for their generosity and support.
controversial pioneer of the avant-garde Tango, composer Máximo Diego Pujol creates music
transformed the music to instrumental high art. that blends old and new with cosmopolitan
His restless fusion of jazz, modern and elegance and exciting rhythmic urgency. His
traditional Tango yielded some of the most innate feel for the spirit of milonga can be heard
sought-after compositions for arrangers and in much of his music. The haunting sadness of
performers alike. I arranged this version of La the simple architecture of Stella australis
muerte del angel and Primavera porteña for solo contrasts with the complex and dynamic mood
guitar from printed chart editions and Piazzolla’s changes outlined in the Elegía por la muerte de
1973 recording. un tanguero (Elegy for the Death of a
The bewitching melancholy of the waltzes Tanguero), a three-movement homage to Astor
of Dilermando Reis (1916-1977) is hard to resist Piazzolla.
on a first hearing. Se ela preguntar (If I should The admiration shown by Jorge Morel
ask her) and Promessa have become standards of (b.1931) for traditional American jazz is evident
Brazilian popular music. Unlike the music of in much of his solo guitar music and orchestral
Gnatali, Gismonti or Pereira, Reis preferred the writing. His roots, however, are deeply
more traditional Brazilian guitar style, full of embedded in the soul of milonga, and his

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DDD
Ricardo Cobo
With an unprecedented array of first prizes in major international
Guitar Collection 8.557329
competitions, Colombia-born Ricardo Cobo is recognised as one of the
world’s leading virtuosi of the new classical guitar generation. He
made his professional début with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá
at the age of seventeen in a nationwide broadcast for an audience of
over nine million. He made his astonishing début before American
LATIN AMERICAN
audiences as the first Hispanic ever to win consecutive medals at the
Guitar Foundation of America Solo International Competition. Equally GUITAR MUSIC

Photo: Henry Fair


in demand as chamber musician, pedagogue and recording artist,
Cobo’s busy touring schedule has taken him from New York’s
Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall to Korea’s Ho Ham Hall, the Astor Piazzolla • Leo Brouwer • Máximo Pujol
Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and
Zaragoza’s Palacio Real, to Venezuela’s Teresa Carreño, and his native
Colombia’s National Library, among hundreds of others. His
versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children’s music,
Ricardo Cobo, Guitar
his orchestral and cross-over recordings, and in hundreds of credits for commercial releases
worldwide. His diverse and innovative programming ranges from solo concerti with orchestra to
historical chamber settings as well as Tango and Flamenco dance ensembles to Latin and world
music concerts. His performance of the historic American première of Leo Brouwer’s Concerto de
Toronto under the composer’s own baton with the San Antonio Symphony was highly acclaimed
by the critical press. Ricardo Cobo has been decorated by his country on numerous occasions,
receiving the Colombian Order of Cañasgordas and the Order of Belacazar for outstanding merit in
cultural affairs. He now lives in Las Vegas.

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This recording presents a selection of some of the least and the best known exponents of
twentieth century Latin-American guitar repertoire, among them the internationally renowned
Argentinian composer Máximo Diego Pujol, whose Elegy for the death of a tanguero is an
elegant homage to his compatriot, the father of the classical tango, Astor Piazzolla. Leo
Brouwer is found in unusually lyrical mood and two of Piazzolla’s most popular songs are DDD
heard in an arrangement by Colombian-born guitarist Ricardo Cobo.
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60:29
1 Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): La muerte del angel – Tango (arr. Cobo) 4:15

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Dilermando Reis (1916-1977):
2 Se ela preguntar – Waltz (Paschoito) 4:22

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3 Promessa – Waltz (Paschoito) 3:21
4 Horacio Salgán (b.1916): Don Agustín Bardi (arr. Morel) 3:16
5 Angel Villoldo (1861-1919): El Choclo (arr. Cobo) 4:10
6 Máximo Diego Pujol (b.1957): Stella australis 4:02
7 Jorge Morel (b.1931): Milonga del viento 3:26
8 Abel Carlevaro (1952-2001): Milonga oriental 2:08

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Jorge Morel (b.1931):

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9 Little Rhapsody 5:25
0 Danza in E minor 3:33
! Leo Brouwer (b.1939): Un día de Noviembre 4:49
Máximo Diego Pujol (b.1957): Elegía por la muerte de un tanguero 9:17
@ I Confuseta 2:44
# II Melancolía 3:05
$ III Epílogo 3:29
% Marco Pereira (b.1956): Marta 2:12
^ Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Primavera porteña – Tango (arr. Cobo) 6:14
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Recorded at St John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, from 3rd to 7th April, 2003
Producers: Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver
Engineer and Editor: Norbert Kraft • Booklet Notes: Ricardo Cobo
Cover Image: A Night’s Dream Garden by David Utz (by kind permission)