we have chosen demonstrate some features of style which may be
lost to our present-day ears. In recording and playing the music
for guitar and piano by Carulli and Giuliani we used very unusual
and hard to reproduce resources. The guitar, my copy of a Panormo
made in London, has a small maple body, low ivory frets and gut
strings. It's paired with an antique 1825 Broadwood square piano,
also made in London at the same time.
It would be difficult
for the modern-equivalents of these instruments to play together, because
their sound is so tonally and dynamically mismatched. But the historical
instruments speak just the same way, at roughly the same speed and dynamic
level, without the musicians having to compensate. So their marvelous
interplay and their graceful co-existence is re-established in our ears,
and the composers' intended effect is enhanced.