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Andres Segovia: Guitar Music

By Alberto La Rocca

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By Alberto La Rocca. By Andres Segovia. Country of Origin: Germany. Classical. CD (1 disc). Published by Naxos (NX.BRI95369).

Item Number: NX.BRI95369

Andres Segovia is without doubt one of the most important guitarists of the twentieth century. He helped to bring the guitar to the concert hall, giving it equal status of instruments like the piano or the violin; he also enriched the twentieth century guitar repertoire, commissioning and receiving works by many composers of his time. He has influenced generations of guitarists to date. Despite his fame as a performer, his work as a composer has been largely ignored. Segovia was the author of a substantial number of compositions (nearly fifty) of high musical quality, most of which are actually true masterpieces just waiting to be discovered and enter the guitar repertoire. Segovia's works are poetic, lyrical, and introspective. His inspiration came from fellow Spanish composers like Ponce and Moreno-Torroba, but there are also echoes of nineteenth century masters like Tarrega and Llobet, the background always being the rich Spanish folklore and popular culture. These works are beautifully performed by Alberto la Rocca, clearly as a labor of love and respect, and an homage to one of the great masters of the guitar.

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