Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar

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Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2017

BBC Music Magazine

Instrumental Choice - October 2017

Label:

Delphian

Catalogue No:

DCD34193

Discs:

1

Release date:

21st July 2017

Barcode:

0801918341939

Length:

66 minutes

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Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar


Arnold:

Fantasy for Guitar, Op. 107

Berkeley, L:

Sonatina for Guitar, Op. 52, No. 1

Britten:

Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70

Dowland:

Preludium

Forlorn Hope Fancy (Fantasie No. 2)

Fantasia

Walton:

Five Bagatelles for solo guitar


Sean Shibe (guitar)

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Read our exclusive interview with Sean Shibe about the recording here.

Barely half a century ago, the guitar was such a rarity in the concert hall that even an outstanding player like Julian Bream was remarkable as a pioneer as much as for his exceptional technique and musicality. Today, by contrast, the field is richly populated – thanks not only to Bream’s own inspiring example to younger players but also to the vastly increased repertoire, so much of which he also instigated.

Yet even in this new heyday for the instrument, Sean Shibe – whose full album debut here nests among four of those Bream-commissioned works a clutch of Dowland pieces from a previous Elizabethan Golden Age – stands out as a truly uncommon talent. ‘I want to hear his interpretation of Britten’s Nocturnal over and over,’ wrote David Nice in an awed recent concert review. ‘This, for me, is the definitive performance.’ Born in Edinburgh, in 2012 Shibe became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (London) in 2015.

William Walton: 5 Bagatelles

5 Bagatelles: No. 1, Allegro

5 Bagatelles: No. 2, Lento

5 Bagatelles: No. 3, Alla cubana

5 Bagatelles: No. 4, Sempre espressivo

5 Bagatelles: No. 5, Con slancio

Lennox Berkeley: Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1

Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1: I. Allegretto

Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1: II. Lento

Guitar Sonatina, Op. 52, No. 1: III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo

John Dowland: Prelude, P. 98

Praeludium, P. 98

John Dowland: Forlorn Hope, P. 2

Forlorn Hope Fancy, P. 2

John Dowland: Fantasia in G Major, P. 1

Fantasia in G Major, P. 1

Malcolm Arnold: Fantasy, Op. 107

Fantasy, Op. 107: I. Prelude

Fantasy, Op. 107: II. Scherzo

Fantasy, Op. 107: III. Arietta I

Fantasy, Op. 107: IV. Fughetta

Fantasy, Op. 107: V. Arietta II

Fantasy, Op. 107: VI. March

Fantasy, Op. 107: VII. Postlude

Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: I. Musingly

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: II. Very Agitated

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: III. Restless

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: IV. Uneasy

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: V. March-Like

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: VI. Dreaming

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: VII. Gently Rocking

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: VIII. Passacaglia

Nocturnal After John Dowland (Reflections on "Come, Heavy Sleep"), Op. 70: IX. Slow & Quiet

Sunday Times

23rd July 2017

“Shibe is another Bream, or something close. His playing unites finesse and poetry, and beautifully suggests a continuity of idiom.”

The Herald (Glasgow)

July 2017

“Everything here is rich in melody and Shibe is as articulate a virtuoso as Bream, communicating the precision of these intimate chamber pieces with real passion ... unmissable.”

Classical Music

August 2017

*****

“Shibe has already secured a formidable reputation in both concert and on record. This latest disc plays very much to his strengths: the technical challenges thrown at him (by non-player composers) are easily surmounted, and his sound is beautifully captured.”

Classical Ear

11th August 2017

*****

“the association with [Bream is] wholly flattering to the 25-year-old Shibe, who reveals himself here as a musician of considerable intelligence possessed of impressive technical resources. He proves himself nimble and well-proportioned in William Walton’s Five Bagatelles.”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2017

*****

“Shibe performs with superb artistry some of the now classics that Bream inspired...Prime in any such catalogue is Britten's 1963 Nocturnal after John Dowland, and Shibe gathers the listener into its unsettling, fantastical soundworld with an intensity that combines gracefulness and threat with rapier skill...[Shibe] movingly navigates that peculiarly English fine line between whimsy and melancholic vision.”

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