Francisco Tárrega’s Lágrima – played by César Amaro

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: the feeling is much more important than technique with this one.

Jorge Cardoso – Milonga

“Milonga” is probably the best-known work of the Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Cardoso. I first listened to it on a CD titled “Latin American Guitar Festival” while I was working as a tonmeister at a radio station, in 1997. Jorge Cardoso (Posadas, 1949) is an Argentine composer, primarily for guitar. He is also a […]

John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D-major

One of the most beautiful pieces of Baroque music: John Williams plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute in D-Major, RV 93. Antonio Vivaldi wrote many concertos for various instruments, including lute and mandolin. This Concerto in D major for Lute and Orchestra has been transcribed for guitar. It remains one of the finest examples of […]

Three great versions of “Concierto de Aranjuez” (Rodrigo)

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.

John Williams plays Isaac Albéniz’s Asturias (Leyenda)

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 […]