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The Essential Guitar: Music of Beauty and Romance

Audio Samples

  1. The Essential Guitar — Concerto in D Major, RV93 (Arr. Siegfried Behrend): I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  2. The Essential Guitar — Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15 No. 7 (Arr. Agustín Barrios Mangoré): Träumerei (Dreaming) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. The Essential Guitar — Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV542 (Arr. Fiona Walsh): Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Essential Guitar — Cuentos de la juventud (Stories from childhood) (Arr. Miguel Llobet): I. Dedicatoria $0.99 on iTunes
  5. The Essential Guitar — Verde alma (Innocent soul) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. The Essential Guitar — Skye Boat Song (Arr. Gareth Koch) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. The Essential Guitar — Carmen (Arr. John Drake and Sal Bonavita): Seguidilla $0.99 on iTunes
  8. The Essential Guitar — Tango en Skaï (Arr. Gareth Koch) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The Essential Guitar — Capricho Arabe (Arabian Caprice) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. The Essential Guitar — Caprice in A minor, Op. 1 No. 24 (Arr. Slava Grigoryan) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. The Essential Guitar — Tonadillas al estilo antiguo (Songs in the ancient style) (Arr. Miguel Llobet): La maja de Goya $0.99 on iTunes
  12. The Essential Guitar — Iberia (Arr. Timothy Kain): Triana $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Essential Guitar — Suite española No. 1: III. Sevilla (Sevillanas) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Essential Guitar — Suite española No. 1: V. Asturias (Leyenda) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. The Essential Guitar — The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Arr. Fiona Walsh) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. The Essential Guitar — Prelude in D Minor $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Essential Guitar — Le Rossignol (Arr. Gareth Koch) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. The Essential Guitar — Gymnopédie No. 1 (Carlos Barbosa-Lima) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. The Essential Guitar — Flying Fish $0.99 on iTunes
  20. The Essential Guitar — Stairway to Heaven (Arr. Timothy Kain for 3 standard guitars & bass guitar) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. The Essential Guitar — Canon and Gigue (Arr. Timothy Kain): Canon $0.99 on iTunes
  22. The Essential Guitar — Greensleeves (Arr. Gareth Koch) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. The Essential Guitar — Cello Suite in G Major, BWV1007 (Arr. Jason Waldron): I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  24. The Essential Guitar — Concerto in G Major for two guitars, RV532: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  25. The Essential Guitar — Cavalleria rusticana (Arr. Giac Giacomantonio): Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  26. The Essential Guitar — The Deer Hunter (Arr. Antony Field): Cavatina $0.99 on iTunes
  27. The Essential Guitar — Antarctica - Suite for guitar and orchestra: II. Wooden Ships $0.99 on iTunes
  28. The Essential Guitar — Suite bergamasque (Arr. Eduard Grigoryan): Clair de lune $0.99 on iTunes
  29. The Essential Guitar — España, Op. 165 No. 2 (Arr. Karin Schaupp): II. Tango $0.99 on iTunes
  30. The Essential Guitar — El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat): Danza del molinero: Farruca (Miller’s Dance) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. The Essential Guitar — Cuatro piezas españolas (Four Spanish Pieces) (Arr. Eduard Grigoryan): I. Aragonesa $0.99 on iTunes
  32. The Essential Guitar — Now is the Month of Maying (Arr. Timothy Kain) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. The Essential Guitar — Sonata K208 (Arr. Karin Schaupp): Andante e cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  34. The Essential Guitar — The Salley Gardens (Arr. Gareth Koch) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. The Essential Guitar — Villano $0.99 on iTunes
  36. The Essential Guitar — Julia Florida $0.99 on iTunes
  37. The Essential Guitar — 12 Danzas españolas (Arr. Jan-Olof Eriksson): VI. Rondalla aragonesa $0.99 on iTunes
  38. The Essential Guitar — Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
  39. The Essential Guitar — Rumba Flamenca $0.99 on iTunes

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: 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

>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