Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions

Audio Samples

>Montana, Gentil : Porro, for guitar & percussion
>Sinesi, Quique : Sonidos de aquel dia (Sounds from that Day), for guitar
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>     Adagio
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite española, Op. 47
>     Asturias
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Allegro Solemne, for guitar
>Wilson, Nancy : Dreamboat Annie
>Ramírez, Ariel : Alfonsina y el mar, for guitar
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chovendo na Roseira
>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Carinhoso
>Mello, Gaudencio Thiago de : O Presidente, for guitar & soprano saxophone
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : La Catedral
>     Andante religioso
>     Allegro solemne

Album Summary

>Montana, Gentil : Porro, for guitar & percussion
>Sinesi, Quique : Sonidos de aquel dia (Sounds from that Day), for guitar
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite española, Op. 47
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Allegro Solemne, for guitar
>Wilson, Nancy : Dreamboat Annie
>Ramírez, Ariel : Alfonsina y el mar, for guitar
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chovendo na Roseira
>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Carinhoso
>Mello, Gaudencio Thiago de : O Presidente, for guitar & soprano saxophone
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : La Catedral
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kaufman Studios, New York City (01/19/2011); Threshold Sound, Santa Monica, CA (01/19/2011); Kaufman Studios, New York City (2010-11-30_2010-12-01&2011-); Threshold Sound, Santa Monica, CA (2010-11-30_2010-12-01&2011-).

Sharon Isbin's friends, a combination of old and new associates, are an eclectic lot on this album, and it may seem curious that a disc featuring jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan as well as rock guitarists Steve Morse, Steve Vai, and Nancy Wilson of Heart, not to mention new age saxophonist Paul Winter, would be slated for Billboard's Traditional Classical Albums chart instead of the Classical Crossover Albums chart. The reason is that Isbin has brought her guests into her world, for the most part, rather than venturing into theirs. One exception is a reading of Heart's "Dreamboat Annie," on which Wilson not only plays but also sings a few of the lyrics usually handled by her sister Ann. Morse and Vai bring their electric guitars along and wield them in characteristic ways on Joaquín Rodrigo's Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez and Agustín Barrios-Mangoré's Allegro, respectively, but their playing really just adds color, especially Morse, who only comes in around the nine-minute mark after an extensive interplay between Isbin and Romero Lubambo. Jordan also adapts himself to Quique Sinesi's Sonidos de Aquel Dia, even if the arrangement is his. Actually, a substantial part of the album belongs to Isbin alone, and it is dominated, as may already be apparent, by Spanish material, a point hinted at in the word "Passions" in the title. For example, Isbin takes on an arrangement of Isaac Albéniz's Asturias arranged by her old teacher, Andrés Segovia, and concludes with two parts of Mangoré's La Catedral. Her major partner is Lubambo, who also joins in on a version of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Chovendo na Roseira." Still, the various guests add interesting flavors to this sampler, and an entire album with one of them might make for an interesting listen. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Montana, Gentil : Porro, for guitar & percussion
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sinesi, Quique : Sonidos de aquel día (Sounds from that Day), for guitar
  • Performers: Sharon Isbin (Guitar); Stanley Jordan (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez :: Adagio
  • Performers: Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Steve Morse (Guitar); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española, Op. 47 :: Asturias
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Agustín Barrios-Mangoré (1885 - 1944) : Allegro Solemne, for guitar
  • Performers: Steve Vai (Guitar); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Wilson, Nancy : Dreamboat Annie
  • Performers: Nancy Wilson (Guitar); Nancy Wilson (Violin); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Ann Wilson (1950 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Ariel Ramírez (1921 - 2010) : Alfonsina y el mar, for guitar
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chovendo na Roseira
  • Performers: Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Carinhoso
  • Performers: Gaudencio Mello (Percussion); Sharon Isbin (Guitar); Rosa Passos (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mello, Gaudencio Thiago de : O Presidente, for guitar & soprano saxophone
  • Performers: Gaudencio Mello (Percussion); Paul Winter (Saxophone); Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Agustín Barrios-Mangoré (1885 - 1944) : La Catedral :: Andante religioso
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914-38.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1938

>Agustín Barrios-Mangoré (1885 - 1944) : La Catedral :: Allegro solemne
  • Performer: Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914-38.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1938