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SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 4 (Segovia, Vol. 6)

Composer(s):
Artist(s) Segovia, Andres, guitar
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)Renaissance (1400-1600)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111092
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Volume 4 of Segovia’s 1950s American recordings is devoted in the main to his arrangements of music composed between 1535 and 1750. Although today it is customary to play this repertoire on reproductions of instruments authentically modelled on concepts of musicological research, Segovia preferred the 20th century guitar to all other instruments as an expressive medium. To his interpretations of the 16th century works of Milan, Narváez, Mudarra and Dowland, as well as the Baroque guitar of Robert de Visée and transcriptions from Scarlatti or Rameau, Segovia brings the same application of colour, variety of dynamics and rhythmic freedom as he applied to romantic pieces. This fullblooded approach to early music was greatly appreciated during his lifetime and often

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2008

I suppose purists will see this as a return to the bad old days when guitarists played music that should have been performed on period instruments. Andres Segovia was a man of his time, and such arrangements were commercial and in demanded by his listeners. For those just coming to this series of material taken from discs issued in the 1950’s, let me recap that when the young Andres fell in love with the guitar, the advanced tuition he required was not available to him. So he simply 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 gave his first major solo recital at the age of sixteen, and then set out on an incredible career that was to take him around the world.

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