OP10 Classical Guitar

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
Heitor Villa-Lobos - 5 Preludes for Guitar
Luciano Berio - Sequenza XI
Alberto Ginastera - Sonata for Guitar
Fernando Sor - Marche Funebre
Isaac Albeniz - Mallorca
Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez
Joaquin Rodrigo - Tres Piezas Espanolas
Frederico Torroba - Castles of Spain
JS Bach - Prelude from Suite in G maj for Solo Violoncello
Leopold Brouwer - Cuban Landscape with Rain

sundar subramanian (sundar), Monday, 31 March 2003 00:15 (nineteen years ago) link

superb pox, but who's performing? may i nominate segovia?

j.a.e., Monday, 31 March 2003 06:30 (nineteen years ago) link

Going by the records I just got, I'm all for him. I do really love Williams on the Rodrigo concerto and Fisk on the Berio though (not that I'm terribly familiar with other performances). Timo Korhonen's version of the Ginastera was fantastic, much better than Aussel's IMO. I think I'd like to hear Fisk do it too.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 03:19 (nineteen years ago) link

My picks would all be by Roland Dyens.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 04:33 (nineteen years ago) link

Is that a composer or guitarist? Don't think I'm familiar with him.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 20:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez + Fantasia para un Gentilhombre by John Williams = My favourite Classical Music album of all times.

JP Almeida (JP Almeida), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 20:57 (nineteen years ago) link

I still want someone to tell me more abt John Dowland.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Tuesday, 1 April 2003 21:08 (nineteen years ago) link

Dyens is a French guitarist, he's amazing. He does some interesting tunes on his record like Jobim's Felicidade and Django's Nuages in addition to the classical stuff.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 April 2003 02:18 (nineteen years ago) link

John Dowland lived from 1563-1626. Judging by how well he's represented in the Royal Conservatory repertoire books, he's one of the most important guitar composers of the era. His stuff, from what I know of it, is pretty and nice to play. Examples include "My Lady Hundsson's Allemande", "Fantasia", and "Melancholy Galliard".

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 2 April 2003 22:29 (nineteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

favourite dyens piece to play:


never nailed that run you hear about 22s in, neither did any of my tutors so whatevs, it's a bit flamenco-ey you can get away with sounding like you're improvising the piece

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 February 2013 14:38 (nine years ago) link

haven't played classical since i left uni but my sis has just gone to s. america for a bit so we were listening to s. american gutiar music and it's piqued my interest again


the bit around 40 seconds in is the most pleasing thing to play, simple polyrhythm, as soon as you start to think about what you're doing everything will go wrong

does sund4r still post here?

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 February 2013 14:45 (nine years ago) link

I do. I can't believe I didn't know who Roland Dyens is 10 years ago!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 11 February 2013 15:38 (nine years ago) link

wots yer favourite piece to play maaaaaan?

you ever attempted tango en skaii? it's not too bad really, some of the really fancy sounding bits are actually really easy. it's just that 'orrible run. you have to play it p,i,m,a because it's so fast but then the string jumps are in weird places so it feels weird and then to complicate things further it's in some stupid tuplet grouping too. bastard.

i think i'm gonna have a go at Capricho Arabe (Tarrega) next, i started learning the first half so shouldn't be too painful.

Crackle Box, Monday, 11 February 2013 16:25 (nine years ago) link

Just listened to Chansons Francaises Vols 1 and 2 on spotify. Anything else I need to get? This Dyens guy is great!

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 11 February 2013 17:10 (nine years ago) link

I have been over the moon for Maurice Ohana's orchestral/choral music lately. What is his solo guitar stuff like?

try a little crowleymass (Jon Lewis), Monday, 11 February 2013 17:26 (nine years ago) link

I was never a pro performance specialist and unfortunately, I don't get the practice time that I used to but I've been getting back into it (as much as I can) lately. My favourite piece to play is Villa-Lobos's "Etude 11" from Douze Etudes. I also really enjoy "Currents II" by Montreal composer Shawn Bell. Used to really like playing Reginald Smith Brindle's "El Polifemo de Oro". Also Sor's "Marche Funebre". I focused pretty heavily on modern repertoire, which was probably a mistake. Recently, I've been trying to learn more standard repertoire, esp Bach.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:04 (nine years ago) link

Maurice Ohanai is a new name to me, there's some on Spotify, will investigate.

This Villalobos 'Etude 11' is lovely, sounds pretty tough though. I have a Villalobos book somewhere. I remember learning one of the Etudes, number 2 I think, got it down good, thought I was a shred monster, then heard Segovia play it o_0 that guy was insane. I like the sound of those other pieces you mentioned too, cheers.

Elliot Fisk is a good name to watch out for WRT to more contemporary playing. I think Berio wrote his Guitar Sequenza with him in mind.

Crackle Box, Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:11 (nine years ago) link

Couple more favourite pieces to play:

This guy is seriously good, but I always figured there should be more syncopation in the accompaniment. João Pernambuco - Sons de Carrilhoes:


and here's Cardoso playing one of his own pieces:


Crackle Box, Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:15 (nine years ago) link



afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:58 (nine years ago) link

That was actually a mistake. I meant to post this:



afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:59 (nine years ago) link

has anyone ever heaqr dof a classical guitar maker Real Madrid? I have one and cant find anything abou tit online

Brian Eno's Mother (Latham Green), Thursday, 14 February 2013 17:02 (nine years ago) link

just got a cd by this guy yesterday. master of the 11-string archguitar. cd kicks ass.


scott seward, Thursday, 14 February 2013 17:11 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Could anyone recommend more Segovia/the above (whole thread) favorites, AND/OR something on the classical influenced end (still guitar) in the range of James Blackshaw's Holly EP or Sun Kil Moon's Admiral Fell Promises?

Evan, Friday, 5 December 2014 18:31 (seven years ago) link

Don't think I saw this thread before. Awesome first post.

Cutset Creator (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 December 2014 18:49 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...


this is really nice.

calzino, Sunday, 11 November 2018 09:21 (three years ago) link

Oh, thanks. The kind of thing I'm always looking for. The Bryan, Razaz, and Smith pieces are standing out most for me.

I've been listening to this a lot: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/stevecowan . You can find most of the pieces on Youtube in their entirety.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Sunday, 11 November 2018 19:38 (three years ago) link

one year passes...
five months pass...
one year passes...

hoping ogmor or sund4r see this:

i'm currently getting into leo brouwer's compositions for solo guitar, particularly the "estudios"

curious to know if anyone has a recommended interpretation. would be particularly grateful for something with good / extensive liner notes. brouwer is kind of an enigma to me; i think there's maybe just a lack of information on him in english?

budo jeru, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 15:46 (two months ago) link

Hey, oddly, I'm not really that well-versed on Brouwer. I remember liking Alvaro Pierri's disc a lot: https://www.analekta.com/en/albums/pierri-brouwer-el-decameron-negro-autres-oeuvres-pour-guitare/ . I listened to it all the time way back when I was doing my MA. Not sure about good recordings of the Estudios. At the last local guitar society Zoom meet, someone played a few of these and someone else did Rio de los Orishas!

Incidentally, the version of the Prelude from BWV 1006a at 1:42 here is dazzling:

The sensual shock (Sund4r), Thursday, 10 March 2022 23:53 (two months ago) link


budo jeru, Saturday, 12 March 2022 19:10 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Since it seems like something I might like, but maybe not.

Johnny Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 May 2022 12:11 (two weeks ago) link


xzanfar, Saturday, 7 May 2022 12:39 (two weeks ago) link

That one is…more amusing than some.

Johnny Thunderwords (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 7 May 2022 13:13 (two weeks ago) link

I don't know how it's regarded in the context of modern classical guitar, but years ago I was struck while listening to the radio in the middle of the night by the Prince's Toys suite by Nikita Koshkin. I wouldn't have thought that a solo guitar could create such expressionistic and surreal atmospheres.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 7 May 2022 14:25 (two weeks ago) link

Not a piece I've ever played but it's pretty exceptional in its integration of that range of extended techniques and works well as a large-scale programmatic composition. I hadn't listened in a long time but put on Mikulka's recording tonight. There's not that much that goes as far with extended techniques but if you don't know the Ginastera Sonata, I would definitely recommend it. Koshkin's Usher Waltz is a popular one at Halloween.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Sunday, 8 May 2022 03:46 (two weeks ago) link

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.