Various Artists – Romantic Guitar (2011)

FrontCover1This is a real wonderful sampler:

The classical guitar (also called the Spanish guitar, or less specifically, the nylon-string guitar) is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in acoustic and electric guitars designed for popular music.

In addition to the instrument, the phrase “classical guitar” can refer to two other concepts:

The instrumental finger technique common to classical guitar—individual strings plucked with the fingernails or, rarely, fingertips-

The shape, construction, and material of classical guitars vary, but typically they have a modern classical guitar shape, or historic classical guitar shape resembling early romantic guitars from France and Italy. Classical guitar strings were once made of catgut and nowadays are made of polymers such as nylon, with a fine silver wire wrap on the bass strings.

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A guitar family tree can be identified. The flamenco guitar derives from the modern classical, but has differences in material, construction and sound.

The term modern classical guitar is sometimes used to distinguish the classical guitar from older forms of guitar, which are in their broadest sense also called classical, or more specifically: early guitars. Examples of early guitars include the 6-string early romantic guitar (c. 1790–1880), and the earlier baroque guitars with 5 courses.

Today’s modern classical guitar was established by the late designs of the 19th-century Spanish luthier Antonio Torres Jurado. (by wikipedia)

Listen to the fantstic sound of an accoustic classical guitar …. listen to artists like John Williams, Julian Bream, Norbert Kraft, Victor Villadangos, Marco Tamayo or the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and you will know, how brilliant this music is !

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CD 1:
01. John Williams: Cavatina (from “The Deer Hunter”) (Myers) 3.08
02. Victor Villadangos: Preludio from Suite Del Plata No. 1 (Diego) 1.33
03. Victor Villadangos: Milonga from Suite Del Plata No. 1 (Diego) 3.58
04. Graham Anthony Devine: Sons de Carilhões (Pernambuco) 2.23
05. Los Romeros Canon and Gigue in D Major: I. Canon (Pachelbel) 6.08
06. Norbert Kraft: Gran Vals (Tárrega) 3.07
07. John Williams: Pavane For Guitar And String Orchestra (Fauré) 5.03
08. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: Lotus Eaters (York) 3.24
09. Julian Bream: Rêverie (Debussy) 4.39
10. John Williams: Romance for Guitar and String Orchestra (Anonymous) 3.15
11. Julian Bream: Fantasía para un gentilhombre: Ricercare (Rodrigo) 2.28
12. Marco Tamayo: Canción (Rodriguez)
13. John Williams: La catedral (Barrios-Mangoré) 6.52
14. Norbert Kraft: Endecha (Tárrega) 1.16
15. Julian Bream: Guitar Concerto in A, Op. 30: Andantino siciliano (Giuliani) 6.19
16. Julian Bream: Dolly Suite, Op. 56: III. Jardin de Dolly (Fauré) 3.23
17. Narciso Yepes & Godelieve Monden: Fuga Elegiaca: Fuga: Moderato e mesto (Castelnuovo-Tedesco) 2.37
18. Julian Bream: Danza Española No. 5 (Granados) 4.13

CD 2:
01. Julian Bream: Concerto in D Major for Lute and Strings, RV 93: Largo (Vivaldi) 3.47
02. Norbert Kraft: Adelita (Tárrega) 1.13
03. Julian Bream & John Williams; Cantos de Espana, Op. 232: No. 4, Córdoba (Nocturne) (Albéniz) 6.21
04. Narciso Yepes & Godelieve Monden: Danse Seide No. 5 (Gurdjieff) 3.03
05. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: The Yellow Cake Review, Farewell to Stromness (Excerpt) (Davies) 4.14
06. Graham Anthony Devine: Sentimental Melody (Villa-Lobos) 4.15
07. John Williams: Holland Park (Claire) 3.05
08. Julian Bream: Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio (Rodrigo) 10.37
09. Slava Grigoryan & Eduard Grigryan: Café 1930 (Piazzolla) 6.22
10. Marco Tamayo: Ojos Brujos (Brouwer) 2.37
11. John Williams: Salut d’amour, Op. 12 (Elgar) 2.50
12. Slava Grigoryan: Incantation No. 1 (Lovelady) 4.43
13. Augustin Wiedemann: Message In A Bottle (Sting) 4.07
14. Martin Taylor: I Get Along Without You Very Well (Carmichael) 5.47

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Narciso Yepes – Guitar Concerto (Heitor Villa-Lobos) (1988)

FrontCover1Being an admirer of many classical composers, ranging from Beethoven to Shostakovich, my tastes had previously been confined to the more popular orchestral pieces, some chamber music and some operatic highlights. To many people, classical guitar music can be perceived as being somewhat lightweight – more likely to be used as some sort of background music than anything to be taken seriously. This CD does more to refute that theory than anything else that I am likely to come across. The Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra, 12 Etudes and 5 Preludes amount to approximately 70 minutes of pure meditative delight – clear, crisp passages of high quality playing by the ensemble and no little virtuosity by the soloist. The Concerto somehow reminds me of Gershwin and it is so easy on the ear – 18 minutes of music with a definite Latin-American influence, as is to be expected from Villa-Lobos. The Etudes and Preludes provide a test of the guitarist’s technical skills combined with musical content of the highest quality. I just have to keep on coming back to this CD time and again, discerning more and more from each individual etude and imagining in my mind the delicate fingerwork and intense concentration of the musician. I’m no musician myself but there is a certain lasting quality about this whole performance.

Taken as a whole, we have over 70 minutes of pure entertainment – easy on the mind and soul. This CD will remain at my own fingertips’ reach for many years to come. I would recommend it for anyone wishing to be introduced to this underrated sub-genre of the classical repertoire. You won’t be disappointed. (by G.Robinson)

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The original frontcovers from 1971 + 1976

For any fan of classical Spanish guitar, this CD is a must. I often feel that no two guitarists play the same piece. Their own style is a slightly new creation. Yepes was among the finest interpreters of Villa-lobos and his technique and taste are sublime. What more can one say? Well, only that this CD seems perfectly remastered. (by grouset2010)

12 Etudes for Guitar + 5 Preludes were original recorded in 1971
Concerto for Guitar and small Orchestra was original recorded in 1976

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Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 – 1959)

Personnel:
Narciso Yepes (guitar)
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London Symphony Orchestra conducted by García Navarro

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García Navarro & Narciso Yepes

Tracklist:

Concerto for Guitar and small Orchestra:
01. Allegro preciso 5.23
02. Andantino e andante 8.11
03. Allegretto non troppo 4.33

12 Etudes for Guitar:
04. Etude No.1 in E minor (Allegro non troppo) 1.44
05. Etude No.2 in A major (Allegro) 1.37
06. Etude No.3 in D major (Allegro moderato) 2.49
07. Etude No.4 in G major (Un peu modéré – Grandioso) 4.25
08. Etude No.5 in C major (Andantino – Poco meno) 4.24
09. Etude No.6 in E minor (Poco Allegro) 2.08
10. Etude No.7 in E major (Très animé – Moins) 2.34
11. Etude No.8 in C sharp minor (Modéré) 3.40
12. Etude No.9 in F sharp minor (Très peu amimé) 4.15
13. Etude No.10 in B minor (Très animé-Un peu animé – Vif) 2.12
14. Etude No.11 in E minor (Lent – Animé – Poco meno) 3.46
15. Etude No.12 in A minor (Animé – Più mosso …) 2.25

5 Preludes:
16. No. 1 in E minor 4.54
17. No. 2 in E 3.08
18. No. 3 in A minor 3.10
19. No. 4 in E minor 3.42
20. No. 5 in D 4.24

Composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos

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Narciso Yepes – Recuerdo De La Alhambra (Francisco Tárrega) (1983)

YepesFrontCover1Taken from the original liner-notes:

“I consider Francisco Tárrega to have been a sincere creative spirit and an outstanding instrumentalist, a master teacher and a kind man.

When speaking of Tárrega and his signifiance, it must be kept in mind that during the second half of the 19th century the piano´s populairty caused earlier instruments – such as harpsichord, clavichord, lute, vihuela and guitar – to be almost completely forgotten. And most of the music written for these instruments also lay dormant. It was only with the advent of ercious musicological studies that a rediscovery of the forgotten music was begun, and with it a revival of interest in its interpretations on the instruments for which it was composed.

Tárrega is a solid bridge linking the school of Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839) and his contemporaries witht he great resurgence of the guitar in this century.

With this recording I wish to pay homage to Francisco Tárrega, who has brought happiness to so many people with his music” ( by Narciso Yepes)

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Personnel:
Narciso Yepes (guitar)

Tracklist:
01. Lágrima (Tárrega) 2.07
02. Estudio en forma de Minetto (Tárrega) 1.57
03. La Cartagenera (Tárrega) 5.20
04. Danza mora (Tárrega) 1.54
05. Columpio (Tárrega) 2.25
06. Endecha (Tárrega) 0.52
07. Oremus (Tárrega) 1.00
08. La Mariposa (Tárrega) 0.58
09. Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Tárrega) 2.58
10. Preludio inG major (Tárrega) 1.06
11. Adelita (Tárrega) 1.36
12. Sueno (Tárrega) 4.52
13. Minuetto (Tárrega) 1.47
14. Pavana (Tárrega) 2.13
15. Estudio de velocidad (Tárrega) 1.16
16. Jota (Tárrega) 9.12

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