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Variations on an Anatolian Theme 8:09 after John Dowland and
(1982) Nocturnal Op. 70 (1963) 16:32 of D
1 Thema 0:46 0 Musingly (Meditativo) 2:05
2 Variations 1–5 3:57 ! Very agitated (Molto agitato) 0:43 res
3 Finale 3:16 @ Restless (Inquieto) 1:38 His
# Uneasy (Ansioso) 1:20 clas
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Variations and Fugue 24:12 % Dreaming (Sognante) 2:03 con
on ‘La Folia’ de España (1929/1930) ^ Gently rocking (Cullante) 1:15 his
4 Thema 1:02 & Passacaglia (Misurato) 4:04 8.5
5 Variations 1–4 3:51 * Slow and quiet (Molto tranquillo) 2:12 a b
6 Variations 5–10 6:00 orc
7 Variations 11–15 4:53 Larry Cooperman (b. 1951) bee
8 Variations 16–20 5:08 ( Walking on the Water (1990) 7:25 Joh
9 Fugue 3:31 Cos

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Carlo Domeniconi’s Variations are based on subject) that shows outstanding expertise in its
the famous Anatolian folk song ‘Uzun ince bir use of counterpoint. The La Folia variations are
yoldayim’ (I am travelling down a long and narrow often considered one of the most magnificent
path) which was introduced to the composer by guitar works ever written. Ponce utilises all
the blind folk singer Âşik Veysel. The song is the traditional guitar techniques (rapid tremolo,
6) written in the traditional Anatolian Blues style, flageolets, colourful arpeggios, fast scales etc)
and alongside Koyunbaba is numbered as one to illustrate a highly emotional, colourful and
16:32 of Domeniconi’s most famous pieces. expressive work. The theme of La Folia has its
2:05 Carlo Domeniconi is one of the most highly roots in Spain and Portugal, and has been the
0:43 respected 20th century composers for the guitar. subject of variations throughout the centuries
1:38 His works are performed worldwide by esteemed by composers including Corelli, Vivaldi, Sanz
1:20 classical guitarists and other musicians. Amidst and Rachmaninov.
a) 1:26 his long list of compositions number eleven Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal begins with
2:03 concertos for guitar and orchestra (including seven variations, derived from melodic elements
1:15 his Fantasia d’oriente e d’occidente on Naxos of John Dowland’s (1563–1626) song Come,
4:04 8.573439), numerous solo guitar works and heavy Sleep, each describing the mood of a
llo) 2:12 a broad variety of other chamber music and particular kind of dream experience; ‘musingly’,
orchestral works. Domeniconi’s works have ‘uneasy’, ‘rocking’ and so on. The variations
been performed by famous guitarists including lead into a passacaglia using the alto part of
) 7:25 John Williams, David Russell, Aniello Desiderio, Dowland’s accompaniment to the song, before
Costas Cotsiolis and Hubert Käppel. finally reverting to the original evocative theme.
Manuel María Ponce (1882–1948) is one The piece was written in 1963 and premiered
of Mexico’s most celebrated composers. He by Julian Bream in 1964. Britten used many
was very active in his writing of guitar music and diverse guitar techniques to express the various
developed a close bond with Andrés Segovia, musical moods of his movements: for example,
who premiered most of Ponce’s works for tremolo is used for variation 7 (‘Gently rocking’);
guitar. At the time of composition of Variations harmonics appear in variation 6 (‘Dreaming’);
and Fugue on ‘La Folia’ de España Ponce was and there is a hemiolaic 3–against–4 rhythm
studying with Paul Dukas at the Conservatoire for variation 3, ‘Restless’. Britten’s Nocturnal is
de Paris. Composed in 1929/30 and dedicated a very significant 20th century work for guitar;
to Segovia, this piece comprises a theme, his neoclassical music features a highly original
20 variations and a fugue (based on a 3 bar and individual tonal musical language.

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Larry Cooperman is an American composer traditions. Walking on Water, a narrative melodic
whose compositions are highly regarded for their work written in 1990, was inspired by the last
originality and rich use of the guitar’s qualities film of Peter Sellers: Being there.
and idioms. Cooperman has been influenced
from composers ranging from Beethoven to Booklet notes by Thomas Kirchoff
Bartók, and draws inspirations from sources as Translation by Rachel Schiff
diverse as the musical impressionists and folk

Dale Kavanagh
Canadian-born Dale Kavanagh is one of the guitar world’s
most gifted interpreters. Between 1986 and 1988 she
was a top prizewinner in Spain’s Segovia Competition,
Italy’s Gargnano Competition, Switzerland’s Neuchatel
Competition and first and special prizewinner in Finland’s
Scandinavian International Guitar Competition. She
received her bachelor of music degree from Dalhousie
University in Canada, and later completed her graduate
studies with the Solisten Diplom at the Musik Akademie
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der Stadt Basel, Switzerland, under the guidance of

Oscar Ghiglia. She performs internationally as a soloist
and in the Amadeus Guitar Duo with German guitarist
Thomas Kirchhoff and has given recitals in more than 70
countries. She is a regular recitalist and teacher in guitar
and music festivals in Canada, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, England,
Argentina, Mexico, China and the United States, and has given nearly 2000 concerts around the
world. Many composers have written works for Dale Kavanagh including Carlo Domeniconi, Roland
Dyens, Jaime M. Zenamon, Stephen Dodgson, Stephen Funk-Pearson, Bruce Shavers, Christian
Jost and Harald Genzmer. She has taught at the Musikhochschule in Detmold, Germany since 1999
and was an exclusive artist with Hänssler Classic from 1999 to 2013. Since then she has been an
exclusive artist with the Naxos Group.

This recording is dedicated to Carlo Domeniconi.

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Dale Kavanagh is one of the most prominent classical guitarists of her generation. As a soloist and
a member of the acclaimed Amadeus Guitar Duo she has performed all over the world and is the
dedicatee of numerous compositions. Domeniconi’s Variations are based on a famous Anatolian folk
song, while the highly original language of Britten’s evocative Nocturnal has its starting point in a
song by John Dowland. Cooperman’s Walking on Water was inspired by Peter Sellers’ last film Being DDD
There, and Ponce’s Folia de España is often considered one of the most magnificent guitar pieces
ever written. 8.573443


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1–3 Variations on an Anatolian Theme (1982) 8:09

Manuel María Ponce (1882–1948)

4–9 Variations and Fugue on ‘La Folia’ de España (1929/1930) 24:12

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) after John Dowland

0–* Nocturnal Op. 70 (1963) 16:32
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Booklet notes in English
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Larry Cooperman (b. 1951)
( Walking on the Water (1990) 7:25

Dale Kavanagh
A detailed track list can be found on page 2 of the booklet
Recorded at Exaudio Music Studios, Cologne, Germany, 1995 (Ponce/Britten), November 1991 (Cooperman);
Kavasound Studio, Toronto, Canada, 1998 (Domeniconi) • Engineer: Hubert Käppel (Ponce/Britten);
Greg Kavanagh (Domeniconi), Zoran Jerkovic (Cooperman) • Editing: Hubert Käppel (Ponce/Britten);
Victor Florencia (Domeniconi) • Digital remastering by Hans-Werner Huppertz • Booklet notes by Thomas Kirchoff

Guitar: Kolya Panhuyzen • Strings: D’Addario composite E-series • Publishers: Bote & Bock, Berline 1–3;
B. Schott’s Söhne, Mainz 4–9; Faber Music Ltd, London 0–*; GSP, San Francisco (
Cover photo by Denise Grant