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The Art of Andrés Segovia, Volume 7
In this CD in which we can find recordings of some of Segovia’s favourite composers from Albeniz and Granados to the beloved Bach, with the transcription of the Suite BWV 1009 never recorded by Segovia before. The result is superb, wonderful as usual, and is demonstration of a poetry in Segovia’s music that maturity made only more elegant.
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David Russell - Air on a G String
Baroque Guitar Masterpieces
Air on a G String brings together works by Jacques de Saint-Luc and Silvius Leopold Weiss, two of the master lutenists of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, as well as Russell’s own transcriptions for guitar of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and François Couperin.
Silvius Leopold Weiss, born in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) in 1686, was the most renowned member of Germany’s leading family of lutenists during the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. Weiss wrote well over eight hundred pieces for lute – more than any other composer – including some sixty solo “sonatas”. The Flemish lutenist and composer Jacques de Saint-Luc was born in 1616 in Ath, twenty miles southwest of Brussels and not far from Belgium’s present-day border with France. Couperin’s Les Silvains (The Woodland Fauns, Book I of Pièces de Clavecin , Ordre 1, No. 8) is one of his earliest keyboard works of the pastoralism that figured so prominently in 18th-century French art. Tours de Passe-Passe (Book IV , Ordre 22, No. 8) is a French colloquialism for “legerdemain” or “sleight-of-hand,” and in Couperin’s playfully effervescent piece indicates the crossing of hands at the keyboard."
“Throughout this fine recital, Russell evokes the sound of lute and harpsichord without ignoring the additional technical and colouristic opportunities afforded him by a modern guitar. …another outstanding release by this incomparable guitarist.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008
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