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  • Audio CD (Sept. 17 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00006B66L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Tarrega
2. Capricho árabe - Tarrega
3. Marieta - Tarrega
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
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
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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I fell in love with Andrés Segovia's classical guitar interpretations when I was in my teens and now, forty years later, I have finally acquired one of Segovia's albums. This set was well worth waiting for, so much so, that I almost regret not having gotten the four-disk set, Segovia Collection. The fine restoration, the informative booklet, the tracks grouped by composer, rather than haphazardly: this set is one to fall in love with all over again.
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The Art Of Segovia is a 2 CD set released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2002. Disc 1 has 18 tracks, while disc 2 has 23, with almost 160 minutes of enjoyment.

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:

Disc 1:
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.
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Although there is one substantial selection we could do without, this set contains a great deal of simply beautiful music. The performances are stellar.
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Very nice album and fast shipping!
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HASH(0xa3812384) out of 5 stars A Man and His Art - Magnificently Captured April 6 2007
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This 2-CD set produced by Deutche Grammmophon and first released in 2002 is one set of the hundreds that could have been or the dozens that actually have been made and sold successfully all over the world. The exceptional feature of this particular collection is not, of course, the performer. Quite to the contrary, the miraculous consistency of stylings and performance are amongst the most remarkable aspects of the man who was, arguably, the 20th Centry's virtuoso supreme of the classical guitar, Andres Segovia (1893-1987.) Rather, it is the collection itself - the pieces chosen to be produced on this one set - this, to steal a German word, gestalt. While his style did not remain constant throughout his long life and career, by the time he had developed his most masterful skills that included doing his own arrangements - the era represented on this particular set (1951-1960) - his playing had become completely his own - unchallenged and unmatched by even other clearly great guitarists with whom he shared this era.

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.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c09b88) out of 5 stars Great Sound Quality; Great Value July 28 2008
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The 24-bit remastering of these analog recordings from the 1950s and 60s is outstanding. Both disks are chock-full at almost 80 minutes each, and there are a good many songs you don't hear every day. Forty of the 41 tracks are solos, while a short Rodrigo orchestral movement concludes the set. Good liner notes are included. There is only a slight overlap between this 2-CD set and Deutsche Grammophon's 4-CD box set, "The Segovia Collection." I own over 40 classical guitar CDs, and this is easily among my favorites.
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HASH(0xa3ef3c30) out of 5 stars Beautiful. Just Beautiful. Oct. 10 2005
By R. Hernandez - Published on
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I don't know how to explain the joy I feel while listening to this album. I put on Segovia and I am taken away somewhere distant. I can hear his emotion through every note and I tend to remember fond memories of my childhood.

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.
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HASH(0xa35f9a44) out of 5 stars Good music, terrible recording quaility Jan. 7 2009
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I would rate the actual music as five stars and the recording quality as only one star. There is so much hiss and buzzing, that some of the quieter parts of the songs are actually drowned out by the loud hiss and buzzing. It is so distracting for me. I love the music, but I wish that I had not bought this CD. I know that the technology when it was recorded was not the same as today's standards, but I cant believe that the recording is so bad... and its on every song, although some are worse than others. I even put in another CD to make sure that it was not something wrong with my audio system. Its too bad because the guitar playing is beautiful.
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HASH(0xa5c243cc) out of 5 stars The Great One Sept. 30 2008
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The rare moments of solace I find these days are usually in the company of Segovia, but considering that so much has been said about this guy in the last sixty years, it's hard to add anything else without sounding superfluous.