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Spanish Music for Classical Guitar / David Russell

Album Summary

>Albéniz, Isaac : Doce Piezas Caracteristicas, Op. 92
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite española no 1, Op. 47
>Albéniz, Isaac : Zambra granadina (danse orientale), for piano in D minor, B. 42
>Albéniz, Isaac : Espana, Op. 165, Seis Hojas de Album
>Albéniz, Isaac : Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71
>Albéniz, Isaac : Cantos de Espana, Op. 232
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On April 12th, guitarist David Russell, recognized for his "evident mastery" of the Spanish guitar repertoire, releases a new album featuring distinctive works by master Isaac Albeniz. With movements from the picturesque Recuerdos de Viaje and Cantos de Espana to enchanting, Gypsy-inspired dances like the Zambra Granadina, the album celebrates the best of Albeniz's oeuvre, including works originally composed for other instruments. "The magic of Albeniz's Spanish melodies is unsurpassed. Many of his pieces sound so good on the guitar that it is amazing that they were not written for our instrument," says Russell. "I am sure that he had the sound of the guitar in the back of his mind, while he was writing them."

"Scottish guitarist David Russell returns to the studio for a program devoted to the music of Isaac Albeniz (Telarc). The 15 selections, originally written for piano, seem born for the guitar in Russell’s hands, and he caresses each work — especially the famed “Granada” — with a creamy tone reminiscent of Segovia. Russell’s playing has become more subtlety virtuosic over the years, evolving from the harsh attack on the strings heard in earlier recordings." -Herald Tribune

Gramophone Magazine
As always, Russell's playing is a masterly blend of musical intelligence and poetic inspiration...Russell references the piano in his sharply incised accompanimental figures and fulsome melodic lines - yet colours and textures akin to those found in Moorish architecture are the result.

International Record Review
Although Russell's playing acknowledges the folk and flamenco inspiration behind these pieces, most noticeably in his lightly dancing rhythmic pulse, he doesn't try to interpret them as such; instead he remains firmly on the classical side and the melodic layers are more apparent...Russell's new recording possesses the same charm, timbral beauty and depth of musical understanding which has been consistent throughout his outstanding performing career.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, O (04/08/2009-04/10/2009).



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>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Doce Piezas Características, Op. 92 :: Torre Bermeja
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española no 1, Op. 47 :: Granada
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Zambra granadina (danse orientale), for piano in D minor, B. 42
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española no 1, Op. 47 :: Cádiz
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, Op. 165, Seis Hojas de Album :: Preludio
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71 :: Rumores de la Caleta
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Cantos de España, Op. 232 :: Córdoba
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1896

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española no 1, Op. 47 :: Cataluña
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, Op. 165, Seis Hojas de Album :: Capricho Catalán
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española no 1, Op. 47 :: Cuba
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, Op. 165, Seis Hojas de Album :: Tango
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Doce Piezas Características, Op. 92 :: Pavana
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, Op. 165, Seis Hojas de Album :: Zorzico
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Doce Piezas Características, Op. 92 :: Minueto a Sylvia
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Doce Piezas Características, Op. 92 :: Zambra-Capricho
  • Performer: David Russell (Guitar)
  • Notes: Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, Maryland (04/08/2009-04/10/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1889