Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto [Paulo Martelli]

Accompanied by the Orquestra Metropolitana, the Brazilian classical guitarist Paulo Martelli performs Guitar Concerto, W501 (piano reduction: W502), a piece for solo guitar and small orchestra written by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro in 1951. Conductor: Rodrigo Vitta. This performance was recorded on November 13, 2013, at the Serviço Social do …

Carles Trepat Classical Guitar Concert

Spanish classical guitarist Carles Trepat plays pieces from composers like Fernando Sor, Miguel García, Isaac Albéniz, Julián Arcas, and Johann Sebastian Bach. This concert was recorded at the Teatro Colón de A Coruña, Spain, on January 9, 2014. Trepat plays a guitar built by Antonio Torres in 1892.

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez [Narciso Yepes]

Accompanied by the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Spanish classical guitarist Narciso Yepes performs Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on his 10-string guitar. Conductor: Yevgeny Svetlanov. Also known as “Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto”, the piece is perhaps the most popular guitar concerto ever written. This performance was broadcast on Soviet TV in 1980, from the Great …

Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell [Jaroussky, Garcia]

French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia perform “In darkness let me dwell”, a beautiful song ascribed to the lutenist and composer John Dowland (1563-1626). Published in 1610, late in Dowland’s career, the song shows the influence of Italian music of the early Baroque.

Bach/Gounod: Ave Maria [Elsa Dreisig, soprano, Thibaut Garcia, guitar]

Accompanied by the Franco-Spanish classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia, French-Danish operatic soprano Elsa Dreisig sings Ave Maria, a popular and much-recorded setting of the Latin prayer Ave Maria. The piece consists of a melody by the French Romantic composer Charles Gounod that he superimposed over only a very slightly changed version of Bach’s Prelude No. 1 …