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>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : A gust of wind (Poryv), for guitar
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Prelude for guitar
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2, BWV 1004
>     Chaconne
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Melancholy Waltz, for guitar
>Paganini, Niccolò : Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Improvisation for guitar
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Song without Words, for guitar

Album Summary

>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : A gust of wind (Poryv), for guitar
>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Prelude for guitar
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2, BWV 1004
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Melancholy Waltz, for guitar
>Paganini, Niccolò : Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Improvisation for guitar
>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Song without Words, for guitar
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multifaceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. Regarded as one of the world's leading classical guitarists, he is a feature solo recording artist for the Azica label. A distinguished teacher as well, Leisner has served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and is currently Co-Chairman of the Guitar Department at the Manhattan School of Music.



Reviews

A Master Recital
David Leisner – FAVORITES – Azica

Renowned classical guitarist David Leisner returns with a collection of personal favorites in a welcome addition to an already stellar recording career. This particular collection keeps to the guitar recital format first made popular by Tarrega and later standardized by Segovia. Included are Mr. Leisner’s arrangements of Bach’s “Chaconne” and Paganini’s “Grand Sonata”, both played with forceful virtuosity and the kind of deep understanding which can only come from years of study and performance.
However, the real highlights of this recording are the 20th century compositions by Benjamin Britten and Alexander Ivanov-Kramskoi. Britten’s well-known “Nocturnal” has become a standard of contemporary guitar repertoire (especially among Anglo guitarists) and is rendered here with great dynamic sensitivity. Mr. Ivanov-Kramskoi’s five pieces possess a lyrical beauty and, with their mix of modernity and romanticism, a timeless quality that is sure to find favor with up-and-coming classical guitarists looking for something new to add to their own recital repertoire.
All in all, an outstanding collection of guitar music; a virtuoso performance recorded with technical precision.

Highly recommended 9 ½ out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano


Submitted on 09/30/11 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : A gust of wind (Poryv), for guitar
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Nocturnal after John Dowland, for guitar, Op. 70
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Prelude for guitar
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2, BWV 1004 :: Chaconne
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Melancholy Waltz, for guitar
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Grand Sonata, for guitar & violin in A major, Op. 35, MS 3
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1805-1808

>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Improvisation for guitar
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Iv, Aleksandr Mikhailovich : Song without Words, for guitar
  • Performer: David Leisner (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal