One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,416 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


Some items
to consider

new MWI
Current reviews

old MWI
pre-2023 reviews

paid for

Acte Prealable Polish recordings

Forgotten Recordings
Forgotten Recordings
All Forgotten Records Reviews

Troubadisc Weinberg- TROCD01450

All Troubadisc reviews

FOGHORN Classics

Brahms String Quartets

All Foghorn Reviews

All HDTT reviews

Songs to Harp from
the Old and New World

all Nimbus reviews

all tudor reviews

Follow us on Twitter

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Contributing Editor
Ralph Moore
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger

Classicsonline  AmazonUK   AmazonUS


Antonio LAURO (1917–1986)
Guitar Music Volume 2
1. Pasaje aragüeño [2:05]
2. Ana Florencia [1:49]
3. Petronila [0:45]
4. Ana Cristina [2:09]
Raúl BORGES (1888–1967) (arr. Lauro)
5. Flores de la montaña [2:00]
Antonio LAURO
6. Pavana al estilo de los vihuelistas [3:13]
7. Virgilio [2:54]
8-10. Sonata  [18:32]
(I. Allegro; II. Canción; III. Bolera)
11. Canción [2:52]
12. Momoti [1:45]
13. Nocturno [1:26]
14-17. Estudios en imitiaciones [6:26]
18. Crepuscular [1:41]
19. Romanza [2:36]
20. Merengue [2:12]
21. Cueca chilena [1:59]
22. Oriente [2:13]
Suite (Homenaje a John Duarte) [9:38]
(I. Fantasia; II. Pavana; III. Giga)
Victor Villadangos (guitar)
rec. St John Chrysostom Church, Ontario, Canada, 4-7 May, 2006
NAXOS 8.570250 [66:16]
Experience Classicsonline

Venezuelan guitarist and composer Antonio Lauro was little known outside Latin-America. This was until Andrés Segovia recorded his waltz Natalia in 1955. He then became one of the selected few composers for the guitar from his continent to be honoured in that way, the others being Villa-Lobos and Ponce. Lauro was greatly influenced by the folk music of Venezuela and his aim was to integrate the rhythms and melodies with structures derived from the European tradition.
On this disc there are principally three types of composition: those based on or influenced by folk songs, those harking back to renaissance and baroque and finally the largest work here, the Sonata. In this 18-minute work his exploration of the thematic and harmonic material is quite wide-ranging and it is a composition that requires some active listening. The first movement is in continuous forward movement whereas the second movement is a kind of resting point, calmly singing. Then he takes us on a thrilling journey in the third movement with the rhythmic elements from his folk music heritage constituting the backbone.
The Pavana (tr. 6) from 1977 is a tribute to 16th century composer Luis Milan and it is dedicated to John Williams, and the concluding Suite is a homage to another great guitarist, composer and critic, John Duarte. It was written in 1981 and is a fine work, taut and thrilling,  in baroque tradition; the Giga is a show-stopper. The four Estudios are studies in counterpoint and here it is unavoidable to think of Bach.
The rest of the programme is made up of – mainly – melodious, easy-listening pieces of the kind that is so eminently suitable to the sound of the guitar, the lullaby Ana Florencia already a great favourite in our house. The swinging Virgilio is another hit and the group of five pieces (tr. 18-22) are a perfect unit of contrasting moods, Cueca chilena with reminiscences from his stay in Chile. It should also be mentioned that the waltz Flores de la montaña was composed by his teacher Raúl Borges and arranged by Lauro.
Victor Villadangos belongs to the elite of guitarists today with a couple of superb earlier issues in Naxos’s growing catalogue of guitar recordings (Volume 1 of Lauro's music is on Naxos 8.554348). Bearing in mind that this is a genre that doesn’t sell large quantities, we guitar lovers have to be extremely grateful for the continuous additions to this catalogue. Technically assured, rhythmically precise and with tonal beauty to match this player is a winner and the recording is what one has come to expect from Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver. Alejandro Bruzual’s notes are a fascinating read but I wish that he, like some other writers of liner notes, would present the music in the order it is played on the disc.
Antonio Lauro may not be the most important of 20th century guitar composers but his music is always eminently listenable.
Göran Forsling


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount




Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.