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Francisco Tarrega: Guitar Music

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  1. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In D Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In a Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In e Major $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In e Major $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In B Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In a Major $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In F Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In B Minor On a Theme By Mendelssohn $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Tarrega, F. — 21 Preludes: Prelude In B Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In e Major, "Lagrima" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In a Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In D Major $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In D Minor, "Endecha" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Tarrega, F. — Prelude In D Minor, "Oremus" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Tarrega, F. — Valse : Valse: II. las Dos Hermanitas $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Tarrega, F. — 4 Mazurkas : No. 1 In G Minor, "Adelita" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Tarrega, F. — 4 Mazurkas : No. 3. Marieta $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Tarrega, F. — 4 Mazurkas : No. 2 In G Major $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Tarrega, F. — Maria $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Tarrega, F. — Recuerdos de la Alhambra $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Tarrega, F. — Rosita Polka: Rosita $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Tarrega, F. — Pepita $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Tarrega, F. — Capricho arabe $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Tarrega, F. — Valse : Valse: I. Paquito $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Tarrega, F. — Gran Vals : Gran Vals $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Tarrega, F. — Alborada $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Tarrega, F. — Isabel $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Tarrega, F. — Valse : Valse: III. Vals In D Major $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Tarrega, F. — Pavana $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Tarrega, F. — 10 Artistic Studies, Op. 19: Study No. 2 In a Major, "Estudio Brillante" (arr. Tarrega) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude, for guitar in D minor ("Moderato")
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude, for guitar in A minor ("Allegro Moderato")
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude, for guitar in G major ("Allegretto")
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 16 in E major
>Tárrega, Francisco : Preludes (16) for Guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 4 in B minor
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude, for guitar in A major ("Andante")
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 21
>Tárrega, Francisco : Etude for guitar no 17, Sobre un tema de Mendelssohn
>Tárrega, Francisco : Etude for guitar no 4 in B minor
>Tárrega, Francisco : Lagrima
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 14 in A minor
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 7 in G major
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude, for guitar in D major ("Andantino")
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 9 in D minor "Endecha"
>Tárrega, Francisco : Prelude for guitar no 10 in D minor "Oremus"
>Tárrega, Francisco : Las dos hermanitas, vals for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Adelita
>Tárrega, Francisco : Mazurkas (4) for Guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Mazurka for Guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Gavotte for Guitar "Maria"
>Tárrega, Francisco : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
>Tárrega, Francisco : Rosita, polka for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Pepita, polka for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Capricho arabe
>Tárrega, Francisco : Paquito, waltz for guitar in C major
>Tárrega, Francisco : Grand valse, for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Alborada
>Tárrega, Francisco : Isabel, vals for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Vals for guitar in D major
>Tárrega, Francisco : Pavane for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Estudio brillante
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Francisco Tarrega, the most influential Spanish virtuoso performer of the nineteenth century, was a charismatic romantic who, with a cigarette in his mouth, mesmerized his audiences for hours with his performances. On this disc, Swedish Royal Academy member Mats Bergstrom expresses the 'light and shade' of Tarrega's music (sans cigarette!) on a modern instrument based on an 1888 model owned by the composer himself. The 'Preludes', composed between 1889 and 1909, are particularly well regarded pieces, while the other works include original compositions and imaginative transcriptions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008).



Reviews

A dance to a constantly surprising refrain
Mats Bergstrom's new Francisco Tarrega disc on Naxos is a perfect introduction to the music of this very appealing composer. The Classical Guitar (CG) community knows this music well, of course, but the non-specialist who loves classical music might not be familiar with most of these pieces. That person would be very lucky to come across this disc! There are exceptions, though, to the general obscurity of this music. In his excellent liner notes, Bergstrom points out one of the most well-known musical fragments in the world: the ubiquitous Nokia mobile phone ring-tone comes from measures 13-16 of the Gran Vals. Go to the Wikipedia article "Nokia_tune" to check this out. I wonder how many people know that these 13 jaunty tones were written by Francisco Tarrega? My favourite piece on the disc is also fairly well known: the "Recuerdos de la Alhambra". This lovely piece was on a great Julian Bream LP from the 1960s that introduced me to the classical guitar; that record also included the Villa-Lobos Preludes. It was used to great effect in Hugo Blick's superb British TV series "Sensitive Skin", where it underlined the themes of betrayal, loss, and sadness. This short work is a rare example of a piece of music whose virtuosity is completely overtaken by the mood of the piece. The music is heartbreakingly sad, and it's only when you stop and think about it that you realize how hard it must be to play! Bergstrom's version is a perfect example of virtuosity with only one aim: to communicate the music itself. The best thing about this disc is discovering all the other moods that Tarrega can evoke in short pieces - many are only one or two minutes long. Some are adaptations of popular music by composers of the day, while others are original character pieces in the form of salon pieces: waltzes and mazurkas, especially. According to Larry Hart's great lyrics to the Rogers & Hart song "My Romance," My romance doesn't need a castle rising in Spain Nor a dance to a constantly surpising refrain Maybe not, but that's what you get in the music of Francisco Tarrega. Playing a replica of Tarrega's favourite guitar, Mats Bergstrom and Naxos (with its customary splendid presentation and engineering) together present one of the most impressive discs of classical guitar music I've heard in a very long time!
Submitted on 01/25/10 by Dean Frey 
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>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude, for guitar in D minor ("Moderato")
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude, for guitar in A minor ("Allegro Moderato")
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude, for guitar in G major ("Allegretto")
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 16 in E major
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Preludes (16) for Guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 4 in B minor
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude, for guitar in A major ("Andante")
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 21
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Etude for guitar no 17, Sobre un tema de Mendelssohn
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Etude for guitar no 4 in B minor
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Lagrima
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 14 in A minor
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 7 in G major
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude, for guitar in D major ("Andantino")
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 9 in D minor "Endecha"
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Prelude for guitar no 10 in D minor "Oremus"
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Las dos hermanitas, vals for guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Adelita
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Mazurkas (4) for Guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Mazurka for Guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Gavotte for Guitar "Maria"
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Rosita, polka for guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Pepita, polka for guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Capricho árabe
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Paquito, waltz for guitar in C major
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Grand valse, for guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Alborada
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Isabel, vals for guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Vals for guitar in D major
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Pavane for guitar
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Estudio brillante
  • Performer: Mats Bersgtrom (Guitar)
  • Notes: Nilento Studio, Kållered, Sweden (10/20/2008-10/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905