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The Essential Guitar: Music of Beauty and Romance

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>     1. Allegro
>     Andante
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
>     Fugue
>Granados, Enrique : Cuentos de la juventud for Piano, Op. 1
>     2
>Pujol, Maximo Diego : Verde alma (Innocent Soul), for guitar
>Traditional : Skye Boat Song, folk song
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Seguidilla
>Dyens, Roland : Tango en Skai, for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Capricho arabe
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Granados, Enrique : Colección de tonadillas
>Albéniz, Isaac : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47
>     Triana
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite espanola no 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7
>     Sevilla (Sevillanas)
>     Asturias (Leyenda)
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>     The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Prelude for lute in D major
>Traditional, French : Le Rossignol
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Westlake, Nigel : Flying Fish, for guitar quartet
>Page, Jimmy : Stairway to Heaven
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>     Prelude
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica, suite for guitar & orchestra from the film score
>     Wooden Ships
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Albéniz, Isaac : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
>     2. Tango
>Falla, Manuel de : Danza del molinero (from "El sombrero de tres picos")
>     Danza
>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano
>     Aragonesa
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Now is the month of maying, madrigal for 5 voices
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 208/L 238
>Traditional, English : The Salley Gardens (or Maids of Mourne Shore), traditional melody
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : L' encouragement, for 2 guitars in G major, Op. 34/4
>     Cantabile
>Sanz, Gaspar : Villanos, for guitar in A major (from Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra espanola, Book 2)
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Julia Florida, for guitar
>Granados, Enrique : Danse espagnole, Op. 37/5
>     2
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>     Adagio
>Anonymous : Rumba Flamenca

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
>Granados, Enrique : Cuentos de la juventud for Piano, Op. 1
>Pujol, Maximo Diego : Verde alma (Innocent Soul), for guitar
>Traditional : Skye Boat Song, folk song
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Dyens, Roland : Tango en Skai, for guitar
>Tárrega, Francisco : Capricho arabe
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Granados, Enrique : Colección de tonadillas
>Albéniz, Isaac : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47
>Albéniz, Isaac : Suite espanola no 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Prelude for lute in D major
>Traditional, French : Le Rossignol
>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
>Westlake, Nigel : Flying Fish, for guitar quartet
>Page, Jimmy : Stairway to Heaven
>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica, suite for guitar & orchestra from the film score
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Albéniz, Isaac : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
>Falla, Manuel de : Danza del molinero (from "El sombrero de tres picos")
>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Now is the month of maying, madrigal for 5 voices
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 208/L 238
>Traditional, English : The Salley Gardens (or Maids of Mourne Shore), traditional melody
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : L' encouragement, for 2 guitars in G major, Op. 34/4
>Sanz, Gaspar : Villanos, for guitar in A major (from Instruccion de musica sobre la guitarra espanola, Book 2)
>Barrios-Mangoré, Agustin : Julia Florida, for guitar
>Granados, Enrique : Danse espagnole, Op. 37/5
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>Anonymous : Rumba Flamenca
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

From the electric passion of flamenco to the haunting Cavatina from The Deer Hunter, the guitar touches us in a way no other instrument can. This double album of classic guitar music, both original compositions and arrangements by some of the world's finest guitar virtuosi, reveals the many sides of the guitar's personality. Supremely elegant or steamily sensual, flamboyantly virtuosic or eloquently lyrical, The Essential Guitar is essential listening.



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Northey
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" :: Fugue
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Cuentos de la juventud for Piano, Op. 1 :: 2
  • Performer: Jason Waldron (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1900-06

>Máximo Diego Pujol (1957 - ) : Verde alma (Innocent Soul), for guitar
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional : Skye Boat Song, folk song
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Seguidilla
  • Performers: Jason Waldron (Guitar); Jacqueline Curiel (Cello); Margaret Blades (Violin); Hilary Bruer-Jones (Violin); Hong Zhang (Double Bass); Juris Ezergailis (Viola); Sal Bonavita (Flamenco Guitar); Danielle Jaquillard (Violin); Glenn Madden (Trumpet); Michael Milton (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Dyens, Roland : Tango en Skai, for guitar
  • Ensemble: Saffire (Guitar Quartet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 19th Century

>Francisco Tárrega (Composer) (1852 - 1909) : Capricho árabe
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1880-1905

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Performer: Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Colección de tonadillas
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1910-1911

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47 :: Triana
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1909

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española no 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7 :: Sevilla (Sevillanas)
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : Suite española no 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7 :: Asturias (Leyenda)
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Weiss, Silvius Leopold : Prelude for lute in D major
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, French : Le Rossignol
  • Ensemble: Saffire (Guitar Quartet)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Satie, Erik : Gnossienne no 1
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Westlake, Nigel : Flying Fish, for guitar quartet
  • Ensemble: Saffire (Guitar Quartet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Page, Jimmy : Stairway to Heaven
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pachelbel, Johann : Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1700

>Traditional, English : Greensleeves, folk song
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1600.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1600

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Jason Waldron (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 :: Andante
  • Performer: Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Northey
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Myers, Stanley : The Deer Hunter
  • Ensemble: Saffire (Guitar Quartet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica, suite for guitar & orchestra from the film score :: Wooden Ships
  • Performer: Timothy Kain (Guitar)
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performers: Leonard Grigoryan (Guitar); Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165 :: 2. Tango
  • Performers: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar); David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Falla, Manuel de : Danza del molinero (from "El sombrero de tres picos") :: Danza
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Falla, Manuel de : Piezas Españolas (4) for Piano :: Aragonesa
  • Performers: Leonard Grigoryan (Guitar); Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1909

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Now is the month of maying, madrigal for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Guitar Trek
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1595.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1595

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 208/L 238
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Traditional, English : The Salley Gardens (or Maids of Mourne Shore), traditional melody
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : L' encouragement, for 2 guitars in G major, Op. 34/4 :: Cantabile
  • Performers: Leonard Grigoryan (Guitar); Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1828

>Sanz, Gaspar : Villanos, for guitar in A major (from Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española, Book 2)
  • Performer: Gareth Koch (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Agustín Barrios-Mangoré (1885 - 1944) : Julia Florida, for guitar
  • Performer: Karin Schnaupp (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1920-1940

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Danse espagnole, Op. 37/5 :: 2
  • Ensemble: Saffire (Guitar Quartet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1890

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar :: Adagio
  • Performer: Slava Grigoryan (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Brett Kelly
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Anonymous : Rumba Flamenca
  • Ensemble: Saffire (Guitar Quartet)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance