Guitar Favourites

Guitar Favourites

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The guitar’s unique expressive and tonal qualities are now so ingrained in popular culture that it comes as a surprise to learn that until the turn of the last century its role in classical music was quite limited. The Bach Praeludium and Vivaldi Concerto in this collection were originally composed for the lute (the guitar’s Renaissance cousin), while even the Albéniz and Granados pieces are popular transcriptions for guitar of solo piano originals.

Remarkably, the guitar had to wait until 1939 for its first 20 - century concertos when coincidentally, within a few weeks of each other, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Rodrigo (track 16) put the instrument firmly on the orchestral musical map.



1. Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra
2. Albéniz Sevilla
3. Albéniz Granada
4. Albéniz Asturias
5. Granados Spanish Dance ‘Andaluza’
6. Falla Spanish Dance No. 1
7. Anon Romance d’amour
8. Myers Cavatina (from ‘The Deer Hunter’)
9. Bach Suite in E for Lute— I. Praeludium              
10. Bach Cello Suite No. 1 — I. Prelude
11. Vivaldi Guitar Concerto — II. Largo
12. Villa-Lobos Bachianas brasileiras No 5
13. Savio Batucada
14. Romero Noche en Málaga
15. Alard Estudio brillante
16. Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez — II. Adagio