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SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 6 (Segovia, Vol. 8)

Artist(s) Segovia, Andres, guitar
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.111314
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

In this sixth and last volume of André Segovia’s 1950s American recordings, the great guitarist is heard in a number of his transcriptions from eminent nineteenth century composers as well as in original guitar solos composed by his Spanish and South American contemporaries. The considerable diversity of the music is presented in Segovia’s inimitable manner, every nuance of sound and colour being uniquely exploited in delicately refined interpretations. Of particular note is Segovia’s interpretation of Falla’s Homenaje ‘Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy’, now regarded as one of the most emotionally charged solo guitar works. In his preface to Villa-Lobos’s Douze Etudes, that the composer had dedicated to him, Segovia



Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

This is the sixth and final volume of the American recordings made by Andres Segovia in New York in the 1950’s. Born in Andalusia in 1893, he found that his love of the guitar soon took him past the technique of available mentors, and could only continue by teaching himself. He was to become the father of the modern guitar world, establishing a virtuosity that others have since emulated. In making the guitar more fashionable, Segovia had to resort to transcriptions of works that audiences would recognise, and he did not have the mass of original compositions that today’s performers enjoy. The first part of the present disc is Segovia’s arrangement of piano pieces and songs by Schumann, Franck, Brahms, Grieg and Scriabin, some more successful than others. The



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