Segovia: Guitar Music

Segovia: Guitar Music
Composer Andrés Segovia
Artist Alberto La Rocca guitar
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 95369
EAN code 5028421953694
Release October 2016

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This recording presents the creative side of Andrés Segovia, the most important guitarist of the 20th century. Segovia helped to bring the guitar to the concert halls of the world, giving it equal status to the piano and the violin. He was the prime mover behind the enrichment of the guitar repertoire in the first half of the last century, commissioning many composers and having countless more works dedicated to him.

However, his acknowledged status as a performer, his work as a composer has been largely ignored. Segovia wrote almost 50 individual works, most of them intimate miniatures, many of which are masterpieces just waiting to be discovered and enter the guitar repertoire. He was self-taught as both a guitarist and a composer. His study and transcriptions of music from Purcell to Granados evidently left their mark.

The titles – Preludes, Studies, Variations and so forth – suggest that Segovia intended his music to be of practical use in teaching, and they do explore systematic areas of guitar technique. However, the character of these pieces is often intimate and is not tied to the trademark virtuosity of his playing; his poetic world was lyrical and introspective, occasionally tinged with an ironic or humorous touch. His style is close to that of the composers he loved most, such as the contemporaries, Ponce and Federico Moreno-Torroba above all, who wrote for him. However, there are also echoes of the Romantic guitar composers of the 19th century, including Tárrega, Llobet and traditional folk tunes from the Iberian peninsula.

The selection made by Alberto Rocca includes the Oración, Remembranza and Estudio sin luz, which have become repertoire items for many guitarists. However, the album concludes with the much less commonly heard 23 Canciones populares de distintos países: harmonizations of folk songs from European countries, small and exquisite sketches.

Andres Segovia is without doubt one of the most important guitarists of the 20th century. He helped to bring the guitar to the concert hall, giving it equal status of instruments like the piano or the violin; he also enriched the 20th century guitar repertoire, commissioning and receiving works by many composers of his time. He has influenced generations of guitarists to date. Despite his fame as a performer his work as a composer has been largely ignored. Segovia was the author of a substantial number of compositions (nearly fifty) of high musical quality, most of which are actually true masterpieces just waiting to be discovered and enter the guitar repertoire.
Segovia’s works are poetic, lyrical and introspective. His inspiration came from fellow Spanish composers like Ponce and Moreno-Torroba, but there are also echos of 19-th century masters like Tarrega and Llobet, the background always being the rich Spanish folklore and popular culture. Beautifully played by Alberto la Rocca, clearly a labour of love and respect, a homage to one of the great masters of the guitar.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Preludio No. 1
  2. Preludio No. 2: Fatiga
  3. Preludio No. 3: León
  4. Preludio No. 4
  5. Preludio No. 5: Preludio a deli
  6. Preludio No. 6: Preludio en si menor
  7. Preludio No. 7: Preludio madrileño
  8. Preludio No. 8: Preludio sobre un tema de Aparicio Méndez
  9. Preludio No. 9
  10. Preludio No. 10
  11. Preludio No. 11: Vara
  12. Estudio en mi mayor
  13. Estudio para deli
  14. Recordando a deli - Estudio para sus deditos inteligentes
  15. Estudios: I. Oración
  16. Estudios: II. Remembranza
  17. Estudio-Vals
  18. Estudio sin luz
  19. Improntu
  20. Two Pieces: I. Estudio
  21. Two Pieces: II. Humorada
  22. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: I. Inglesa
  23. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: II. Escocesa
  24. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: III. Irlandesa
  25. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: IV. Rusa
  26. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: V. Rusa
  27. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: VI. Tscheca
  28. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: VII. Polaca
  29. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: VIII. Polaca
  30. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: IX. Finlandesa
  31. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: X. Finlandesa
  32. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XI. Serbia
  33. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XII. Serbia
  34. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XIII. Croata
  35. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XIV. Croata
  36. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XV. Eslovania
  37. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XVI. Sueca
  38. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XVII. Bretona
  39. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XVIII. Vasca
  40. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XIX. Catalana
  41. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XX. Catalana
  42. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XXI. Catalana
  43. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XXII. Francesa
  44. Veintitrés canciones populares de distintos países: XXIII. Catalana