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21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 1 - BROTONS, S. / PUERTO, D. del / MORALES-CASO, E. / CRUZ DE CASTRO, C. / BALADA, L. (A. Levin)

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Artist(s) Levin, Adam, guitar
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.573024
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This first of four volumes represents award-winning guitarist Adam Levin’s major collaboration with the new century’s ‘Spanish Masters’. Bridges to the past include medieval sources in the Secuencia Sefardita and Baroque in the unconventional variations of Handeliana. These stand alongside pastoral scenes in Viento de Primavera and a celebration of Albéniz from Leonardo Balada. From contemplative moods to spectacular virtuosity, this is a musical voyage both unexpected and unforgettable. Adam Levin has been acclaimed for his ‘enviable technique’ and a ‘high musicianship which shines like a beacon through his performances’. (Classical Guitar magazine)


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Review By Brian Reinhart,MusicWeb International,August 2013

There’s a gratifying amount of diversity on display here. From Leonardo Balada, a more abstract voice of an older generation who grew up trained in avant-garde techniques, to Ricardo Llorca’s Handeliana, an overt tribute to the past, the pieces suggest that the Spanish guitar scene is as varied, exciting, and as full of activity as it ever was.

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Review By Paul Fowles,Classical Guitar Magazine,

…Adam Levin has put heart and soul into assembling this programme and is passionate about his findings.

…we’re in no doubt that Adam Levin is a stylish and highly skilled player who’s equally home with the challenging, the lyrical and the playful. Having dug deep into the first category with the Morales-Castro and the Balada, he has ample opportunity to explore the other two in the delightful six-movement valedictory offering by Octavio Vazquez, a work positively brimming with seductive melodies and infections humour. Most exhilarating of all is the central Gigue, a textbook example of a rollicking fun piece that must be an absolute stinker to play with the required velocity. © Classical Guitar Magazine








 

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