As a composer of music for students of the guitar, Fernando Sor was criticised for creating works that were too difficult for them to play. Yet Sor, whose last painful days were spent sitting at the piano, playing the funeral music he had composed after his only daughter's death a year before - could create works full of charm, light and tenderness, as expertly revealed in this recording by the American guitarist William Carter. Most works last only a few minutes, yet they are as affecting as they are varied, and make you want to hear more. Wonderful.
World-renowned baroque guitarist William Carter presents an appealing collection of early works by Spanish guitar virtuoso and composer Fernando Sor. Sor's guitar music is some of the finest ever written for the instrument and this recording is unique as Carter employs a performance practice endorsed by Sor himself - playing with the finger tips
The fluidity of his playing on this album is amazing. Each note falls in place at exactly the right moment. Besides the well-known J.S. Bach, he also introduces us to several other less-known Baroque composers: Gaspar Sanz, Fernando Sor, S.L. Weiss, & Robert de Visee. Too often, Baroque music is presented as just an exercise in counterpoint. In this album, the rhythm is matched to human emotions in such a way that it's not just an academic exercise. The music is both exhilarating and soothing.
An acclaimed Italian guitar virtuoso and composer, Mauro Giuliani, along with Fernando Sor, was one of the last great classical proponents of his instrument until its revival in the early twentieth century. He studied counterpoint and the cello, but on the six-string guitar he was entirely self-taught, and that became his principal instrument early on. Italy abounded with fine guitarists at the beginning of the nineteenth century (Carulli remains the most familiar today), but few of them could make a living because of the public's preoccupation with opera. So Giuliani embarked on a successful tour of Europe when he was 19, and in 1806 he settled in Vienna, where he entered the musical circle of Diabelli, Moscheles, and Hummel. He solidified his reputation with the 1808 premiere of his Guitar Concerto in A major, Op. 30, and was soon heralded as the greatest living guitar virtuoso. Even Beethoven noticed Giuliani, and wrote of his admiration for him. Perhaps to return the favor, Giuliani played cello in the 1813 premiere of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
A French symphonic band from the nineties, VERSAILLES have also been referred to as neo-progressive, but a listen to any of their studio albums reveals obvious and strong influences by the early symphonic masters, including GENESIS, YES, KING CRIMSON, and PFM. Their keyboard work is especially comparable to both GENESIS and YES.
Frank Bungarten holds a special position amongst concert guitarists of today. On the one hand, through his artistic stance, he belongs to the ‘Old School’, loyal to original works and uncompromising in his search for truth in music. On the other hand, wide and sustained success has brought him recognition far beyond the confines of the ‘guitar world’. (…)2005 Frank Bungarten was honoured with the “Echo Klassik” as “Instrumentalist of the Year” for his CD “Cancion y Danza”.
Intense heavy emotional stratocaster self expression, with bluesy voice. Forever may you scream. Recommended if you like Jimi Hendrix & Steely Dan. As an artist it is essential to remember that the most important thing we have is "our voice", or style as they say. Each day our "voices" search for sources of inspiration to help us discover our own identity and creatively translate that identity into the sound of music. With that said, I hope you will be able to find a source of inspiration here…
This album gathers highlights from Montserrat Figueras career for the Astrée, DHM, EMI and Alia Vox labels. 5 of the 35 tracks have already been reissued in a portrait album released in the 1990s by Astrée, La 'Voix de l Emotion'. Jordi Savall wanted to keep the same title for this much more comprehensive double album, in tribute to the late Montserrat Figueras, his wife and collaborator of 43 years. 35 year-career: 35 tracks a dazzlingly clear soprano voice, a line of the purest silk, as strong as it was delicate.