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Andres Segovia: The Art of Segovia
 
 
Artist
Andres Segovia, guitar.
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Format 2 CDs
Runtime/Release Date 79'51,78'52/2002
UPC 028947169727
Daedalus Item Code 29074
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Description
Andrés Segovia (1893–1987) vowed to make the guitar the equal of the piano and violin as a solo and concerto instrument, and he succeeded spectacularly. This is an ideal introduction to his legacy, with dozens of well-known pieces written for him, as well as transcriptions of works by Dowland, Handel, Scarlatti, Paganini, Debussy, and others—many recorded at the peak of his artistry.

"In his early 20s, the self-taught Segovia had developed a singular tone and distinctive attack resembling that of flamenco guitarists. He also had an impressive ability to make the instrument 'sing' even when he was playing demanding technical passages…. He transcribed works by Bach and Chopin (including the latter's Preludes, one of which, No. 7, is here), and cajoled and commissioned composers to write 'serious' music for him. Among those who took up the challenge was Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (whose colorful 'Theme, Variations, and Finale' Segovia recorded in 1954) and Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba (whose 'Romance de los pinos,' recorded in 1960, is breathtaking)…. Includes some of Segovia's most lyrical recordings…. It offsets modern pieces written for guitar with vivid transcriptions: To fully appreciate Segovia's ability to recast music intended for other instruments, check the excerpt from Edvard Grieg's 'Lyric Pieces,' or Alexander Scriabin's Prelude No. 4 in E-Flat Minor."—1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die

 
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