Saturday, February 18, 2006

Andres Segovia (1893-1987)

Sadly, our minimalist parade stops here, but stay tuned. There are minimalists awaiting you in the future.

Few soloists in any instrument stand as tall over the others as Andres Segovia. Few can debate that he wasn't the greatist classical guitarist of all time. His lifelong ambition, according to Wikipedia, was to "elevate the guitar from a gypsy dance instrument to a concert instrument," and he succeeded in doing so; the classical guitar is now a widely accepted performance instrument. Segovia, besides brilliantly transcribing pieces such as Bach's violin partitas, helped revolutionize the actual design of nylon-stringed guitars to produce more volume. This album has no typical flamenco or Spanish guitar; rather, it's a collection of transcribed Romantic pieces by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Grieg, and many others. The transcriptions, mostly from piano, are pulled off very nicely, and Segovia plays, as always, with virtuosity and emotion. It makes for a serene, beautiful, and calming listen, and any fans of classical guitar or Romantic music should give it a try.

Andres Segovia- The Segovia Collection, Volume 9- Romantic Guitar


At February 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this.

At March 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful. I'm looking forward to any more possible classical guitar music in the future. thank you very much!


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