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Art of Segovia
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|4. Romanzo de los pinos - Torroba|
|5. Madronos - Torroba|
|6. Serenata burlesca - Torroba|
|7. Variations on a theme by Mozart - Sor|
|8. Homenaje pour le tombeau de Debussy - Falla|
|9. Theme, Variations and Finale - Ponce|
|10. Mexican Folksong - arr. Segovia|
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|1. Song (Lachrymae) and Galliard - Dowland|
|2. Sarabande from Harpsichord Suite in D minor - Handel|
|3. Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 - Bach|
|4. Bourrée from Violin Partita No.1 - Bach|
|5. Courante from Cello Suite No.3 - Bach|
|6. Gavotte en Rondeau from Violin Partita No.3 - Bach|
|7. Aria and Corrente - Frescobaldi|
|8. Sonata L.352 - Scarlatti|
|9. Minuet - Rameau|
|10. Andantino variato - Paganini-Ponce|
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DG has put together a fascinating compilation of Segovia's art that reminds us what a protean figure he was. Segovia single-handedly put the instrument on the map by making classical guitar concerts popular events, broadening the instrument's repertory through commissions and transcriptions, and convincing even doubters that it could be a vehicle for serious music. He's heard here in brief pieces recorded between 1952 and 1969. Even in those made when he was well into his 70s, his fingers remain nimble and interpretations lively. Listening straight through, one hears many all-time Segovia favorites as Turina's Sevillana and Albeniz's Asturias and Zambra Granadina and renews appreciation for path-breaking composers like Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He wrote extensively for Segovia and his Capriccio diabolico and Tonadilla are pieces of real substance. Disc two is largely made up transcriptions and it's amazing how well so many of them work on the guitar, at least under Segovia's magic fingers. Thus the transformations of Bach's violin music and even a Chopin Prelude sound idiomatic, and the gorgeous melodies of the Canzonetta from Mendelssohn's Op. 12 String Quartet are irresistible here. An entrancing set. --Dan Davis
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We all know that Andrés Segovia is the Master of classical guitar. What set this set apart from his other compilation is the tremendous varieties and various works by 26 different composers! After you have listened to all the 41 tracks, you will truly and deeply appreciate how versatile he is. The great techniques were also demonstrated. All the tracks are solo efforts, except one. The one track with an orchestra backing (Joaquin Rodrigo's Danza de las hachas) really reminds me of the music of Nino Rota in Romeo and Juliet. Simply beautiful.
I also appreciate the denotation of place and year of each recording in the accompanied booklet (from 1952 - 1969). And it really takes a Master to be able to interpret so many different works by so many different composers.
The song listing is as follows with the year of recording made noted:
Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
01 Recuerdos de la Alhambra: Andante (5:07) 1955
02 Capricho árabe: Serenata para guitarra: Andantino (5:21) 1955
03 Marieta! Mazurka para guitarra: Lento (2:19) 1955
Frederico Moreno Torróba (1891-1982)
04 Romance de los pinos (1:37) 1960
05 Madroños (2:49) 1952
06 Serenata burlesca (2:51) 1954
Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
07 Tema con variaciones, op. 9: Variations on a Theme from Mozart's The Magic Flute (7:00) 1952
Manuel De Falla (1876-1946)
08 Homenaje "Le Tombeau De Claude Debussy" (2:34) 1952
Manuel Ponce (1992-1948)
09 Theme, Variations & Finale (7:51) 1954
10 Canción mexicana No.Read more ›
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There are a total of 31 pieces played on these CDs and while a playlist would be an unnecessary use of space here, a list of the composers represented is not. More than the specific pieces Segovia gives us here, the range of composers chosen by the compilers and editors - with each piece rearranged by Segovia himself, tells us a great deal about his interests, talents and musical range. These composers include:
Isaac Albeniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, John Dowland, Manuel de Falla, Cesar Franke, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Edvard Grieg, George Frederic Handel, Felix Mendelsohn, Frederico Moreno Torroba, Modest Mussorgsky, Nicolo Paganini, Felipe Pedrell, Manuel Ponce, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joaquin Rodrigo, Albert Roussel, Domenico Scarlatti, Alexander Scriabin, Segovia's own composition of Estudio sin luz, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tarrega, Joaquin Turina and Heitor Villa-Lobos. A truly magnificent and broad ranging collection held together by Segovia's unique personal style, approach and sound.
Largely self-taught, Andres Segovia did things with a guitar that others only imagined. He didn't just play Bach, for example - music written for an entirely different type of instrument (keyboards.) He went a step further, and recorder Bach's keyboard lessons written for his students (the Two and Three Part Inventions) and made them sound as if they had been written for the guitar! His artistry is evident to even the casual listener and in this collection, any devote of classical guitar and/or of Segovia as an individual artist, will not be disappointed.
Perfect listening for anytime. Hypnotic and, simply, unsurpassed. A necessary addition to any serious classical guitar collection.
The recordings are amazing, yet left a little raw. You get the feeling like you snuck into a practice session and you get to hear him play as though he was playing just for himself. There is no audience. Just him and his guitar.
Segovia has touched my heart as well as my thoughts and I will treasure this album for ages to come.