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Widening Circles - music for solo guitar by Paieczny, Beirs, Reich, Dyens / Benjamin Beirs, guitar

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> American Suite - I. New Lifetime
> American Suite - II. Above the Scottish Sky
> American Suite - III. The Truth Is Out There
> American Suite - IV. Finale: Tearing Away
> Awakened Awareness - Awakened Awareness
> Electric Counterpoint - I. Fast
> Electric Counterpoint - II. Slow
> Electric Counterpoint - III. Fast
> Libra Sonatine - I. India
> Libra Sonatine - II. Largo
> Libra Sonatine - III. Fuoco

Album Summary

>Pasieczny, Marek : American Suite, for guitar
>Beirs, Benjamin : Awakened Awareness, for guitar
>Reich, Steve : Electric Counterpoint
>Dyens, Roland : Libra Sonatina for guitar
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Described as a 'brilliant young classical guitarist' by the DC Examiner, Benjamin Beirs brings new life to a timeless classical instrument. A performer, teacher and composer, Beirs can be found anywhere from the concert stage to an elementary school, playing to a diverse and appreciative audience.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
He has a beautiful sound, an excellent technical command. His range of dynamics and timbre is impressive. Marek Pasieczny's America Suite reminds me a bit of Andrew York. Beirs's own Awakened Awareness is a minimalist work, with some interesting mixed meters. It's in a similar sound world to Pasieczny's. Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint is by now an old friend - one of the original, pure minimalist works Roland Dyens's Libra Sonatine is the closest we'll get to a melody. His performance is fine. Beirs is obviously a gifted artist, and this gave me much pleasure. I'd love to hear him in some more traditional repertory.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sound Temple Studios, Asheville, NC (09/2011).



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Works Details

>Pasieczny, Marek : American Suite, for guitar
  • Performer: Benjamin Beirs (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Beirs, Benjamin : Awakened Awareness, for guitar
  • Performer: Benjamin Beirs (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Reich, Steve : Electric Counterpoint
  • Performer: Benjamin Beirs (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Dyens, Roland : Libra Sonatina for guitar
  • Performer: Benjamin Beirs (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary