Two masters of the guitar – Eliot Fisk, a great classical guitarist, and Paco Peña, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists ever. In a tiny concert presented by NPR Music, they’re playing two classical and two flamenco pieces.
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Probably the most beautiful thing I’ve seen recently: a Russian-Ukrainian guitar quartet is playing Zequinha de Abreu‘s “Tico Tico”, with two guitar and eight hands!
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Anda Jaleo is probably the best remembered and the most frequently performed song of the many Spanish canciones compiled, arranged, recorded and popularized by Federico García Lorca and La Argentinita.
Continue reading Teresa Berganza sings “Anda Jaleo” by Federico García Lorca (Guitar: Narciso Yepes)
Francisco Tárrega is the composer of what has been claimed to be “probably the world’s most heard tune”: the Nokia ringtone, Nokia tune, also used in advertising spots, is based on Tárrega’s Gran Vals.
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Lágrima (tear) is a piece by Francisco Tárrega, and certainly a little gem in the guitar’s repertoire. It’s called “lágrima” (tear) because of the sadness in the second section, and isn’t a piece difficult to play: feeling is much more important than technique with this one.
Continue reading Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima – played by César Amaro
Australian-born British classical guitarist John Williams plays Agustín Barrios Mangoré’s Vals op.8 No. 4.
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“Milonga” is probably the best-known work of the Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Cardoso. I first listened it on a CD titled “Latin American Guitar Festival” while I was working as a tonmeister in a radio, in 1997.
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One of the most beautiful pieces of the Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concierto en D mayor.
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Three great versions of “Concierto de Aranjuez“, a composition for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. The first version is from Paco de Lucia, the famous Flamenco guitarist. The second version is from Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes, and the third version is from Australian classical guitarist John Williams.
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This is absolute perfection: Asturias (Leyenda) is a musical work written by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz. It was originally written for the piano and set in the key of G minor, and first published in Barcelona, by Juan Bta. Pujol & Co., in 1892 as the prelude of a three-movement set entitled Chants d’Espagne. Here it is played by John Williams inside the Reales Alcázares in Seville, Spain.
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