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SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 3 (Segovia, Vol. 5)

Artist(s) Segovia, Andres, guitar
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111091
Label Naxos Historical
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Volume 3 of Segovia’s 1950s American recordings focuses on music by Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), the great nineteenth-century pioneer of the guitar, as well as a noted composer and arranger, and Manuel Ponce (1882-1948), founding father of twentieth-century Mexican music and a close friend of Segovia. The great guitarist himself commented: ‘From the time I first became acquainted with Ponce in Mexico in 1923... he composed more than eighty works for the guitar; large or small, they are, all of them, pure and beautiful.’ Pieces by Albéniz, Aguirre, Malats and Esplá are also included. With such composers (four Spanish and two from Latin-America), Segovia was in his element, expressing cultural affinities which matched the natural idioms of the



Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2007

Last month I related how the young Andres Segovia fell in love with the guitar, and without the possibility of advanced tuition set about teaching himself to the point where he became the world's greatest exponent of the instrument. Born in the Andalusia region of Spain in 1893, he was to amaze with his first major solo recital at the age of sixteen, and having ventured into Europe, he came of musical age with a sensational tour of South America in the early 1920's. When he first set out on this incredible career he did have to perform many transcriptions to establish programmes that would be attractive to audiences to whom the classical guitar was little known. These pieces also occupied much of his early recordings, but here in his sixties, and with the advent of LPs, he was able


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