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The Essential Guitar: Music of Beauty and Romance

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
>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 árabe, for guitar
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Granados, Enrique : Colección de tonadillas
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Iberia Suite, for piano, B. 47
>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : Suite española 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 [Composer] : España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37
>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 Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española, 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 no 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7
  • 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

>Granados, Enrique : 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

>Pujol, Maximo Diego : 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: Margaret Blades (Violin); Sal Bonavita (Flamenco Guitar); Hilary Bruer-Jones (Violin); Jacqueline Curiel (Cello); Juris Ezergailis (Viola); Danielle Jaquillard (Violin); Glenn Madden (Trumpet); Michael Milton (Violin); Jason Waldron (Guitar); Hong Zhang (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • 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

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

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

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

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

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : 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

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : 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

>Albéniz, Isaac [Composer] : España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37 :: 2. Tango
  • Performers: David Leisner (Guitar); Karin Schnaupp (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: Romantic
  • 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

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

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

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : 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