Art of the Guitar

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The solo recordings of Scots-Spanish guitarist David Russell have enjoyed strong sales and wide exposure from, among other sources, U.S. Grammy awards. He has emerged as a major star of the instrument, and this program makes an excellent introduction to his talent. Russell is technically fluid, but that is a distinction he shares with several of his contemporaries. His more unusual gifts lie in the area of programming: the music here is drawn on a variety of sources, mostly Latin, but ranging as far afield as a set of transcriptions of Grieg piano miniatures and an excerpt from the Stanley Myers score for the film The Deer Hunter. He holds each work like a bird in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The solo recordings of Scots-Spanish guitarist David Russell have enjoyed strong sales and wide exposure from, among other sources, U.S. Grammy awards. He has emerged as a major star of the instrument, and this program makes an excellent introduction to his talent. Russell is technically fluid, but that is a distinction he shares with several of his contemporaries. His more unusual gifts lie in the area of programming: the music here is drawn on a variety of sources, mostly Latin, but ranging as far afield as a set of transcriptions of Grieg piano miniatures and an excerpt from the Stanley Myers score for the film The Deer Hunter. He holds each work like a bird in the hand, releasing the distinctive sonorities of each and then returning to an overall trajectory. Russell has a striking ability to reimagine sonorities of other instruments on the guitar; sample the shimmering, resonant "Norwegian Melody, Op. 12/6," of Grieg track 10 for an example of the individual beauties that await here. Part of the key to what he does is his willingness to intersperse transparent materials through his program, drawing here on unusual South American repertoire such as a set of Venezuelan popular tunes harmonized by Vicente Emilio Sojo. The overall effect is absolutely entrancing. And everything he does is picked up with maximum fidelity by the fabled engineers of Telarc, in one of the most successful collaborations between artist and technical personnel currently available. One feels oneself in the presence of the guitarist, but there is none of the scraping and hissing and thumping that for some lesser souls defines a realistic plucked-stringed-instrument atmosphere. A superb choice for anyone from Russell fans to newcomers to the classical guitar.
Gramophone - William Yeoman
The same Russell magic: supreme musicianship supported by an immaculate technique.... Another oustanding release from a true artist of the guitar.
Billboard - Anastasia Tsioulcas
In this 12th release for Telarc, Russell plays with the agility, discernment and idiomatic touch for which he is well-known.
Audiophile Audition - John Sunier
There are many rarely-heard pieces which gave an air of adventure to the disc.... Russell's concert flows from selection to selection with the same polish and expert phrasing that is shown in all his performances.
Raleigh-Durham News & Observer - David Perkins
[Russell's] playing is clear, honest and songful.... Beautiful playing, captured in luminous sound.

In this 12th release for Telarc, Russell plays with the agility, discernment and idiomatic touch for which he is well-known.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408067228
  • Catalog Number: 80672
  • Sales rank: 102,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 España, album leaves (6) for piano, Op. 165, B. 37: 3. Malagueña - Anilda Carrasquillo & Isaac Albéniz (3:25)
  2. 2 Fantasy on Themes from Verdi's La Traviata, for guitar - Anilda Carrasquillo & Julian Arcas (6:28)
  3. 3 Prelúdio, for guitar No. 1 in E Minor, A. 419/1 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Anilda Carrasquillo (4:44)
  4. 4 Prelúdio, for guitar No. 2 in E major, A. 419/2 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:56)
  5. 5 Cavatina (from "The Deer Hunter") - Stanley Myers & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:17)
  6. 6 Springtanz (Spring Dance), lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/5 - Edvard Grieg & Anilda Carrasquillo (1:26)
  7. 7 Elegy, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/6 - Edvard Grieg & Anilda Carrasquillo (1:36)
  8. 8 Waltz, lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/2 - Edvard Grieg & Anilda Carrasquillo (1:48)
  9. 9 Berceuse, lyric piece for piano, Op. 38/1 - Edvard Grieg & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:16)
  10. 10 Norsk (Norwegian Melody), lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/6 - Edvard Grieg & Anilda Carrasquillo (1:08)
  11. 11 Préludes (12) for piano, Book I, L. 117: La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin - Anilda Carrasquillo & Claude Debussy (2:38)
  12. 12 American Preludes (5) for guitar: Campo - Abel Carlevaro & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:35)
  13. 13 Fantasie hongroise, for guitar, Op. 65/1 - Johann Kaspar Mertz & Anilda Carrasquillo (6:05)
  14. 14 Introduction, Theme, & Variations on a Theme From Mozart's "The Magic Flute, " for guitar, Op. 9 - Fernando Sor & Anilda Carrasquillo (8:50)
  15. 15 Pieces (5) from Venezuela, for guitar - Vicente Emilio Sojo & Anilda Carrasquillo (6:16)
  16. 16 Pensamiento Español (Thoughts of Spain), for guitar - Anilda Carrasquillo & Josep Brocà (3:56)
  17. 17 Campanas del alba - Anilda Carrasquillo & Eduardo Sainz de la Maza (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Russell Primary Artist
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