? Angelo Gilardino is one of the most important guitar composers of the last half century. His unique style is a blend of the old and new, folk art and contemporary music, from Mozart to Messiaen, all his works are illuminated by a warm and mediterranean glow, a feeling of humanity and love for life. ? This new recording shows Gilardino’s special affinity to Sicily, the island of beauty and darkness. The first title, Aux Pays Parfumé, says it all: written for the unusal combination of guitar and harpsichord is draws a subtle and scented image of the enchanted island. Also included are the solo guitar work Capriccio Etneo (a musical image of mount Etna) and the Concertino di Hykkara for guitar and chamber orchestra. ? Excellent performance by guitarist Angelo Marchese and the “local” Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. ? Illuminating liner notes written by the composer.