Sharon Isbin Plays Baroque Favorites For Guitar

Sharon Isbin Plays Baroque Favorites For Guitar

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by Sharon Isbin
     
 
Baroque music is a specialty of Sharon Isbin's (she studied for a decade with the pianist and Bach scholar Rosalyn Tureck), and so this disc of popular works by Vivaldi, Bach, and Albinoni is especially welcome. As anyone who has heard her many fine recordings knows, Isbin is a superb guitarist, and the

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Baroque music is a specialty of Sharon Isbin's (she studied for a decade with the pianist and Bach scholar Rosalyn Tureck), and so this disc of popular works by Vivaldi, Bach, and Albinoni is especially welcome. As anyone who has heard her many fine recordings knows, Isbin is a superb guitarist, and the many qualities one admires in her playing -- the wide range of colors, the crisp articulation, the warmth of tone, and her winning way with a melodic line -- are fully on display here. She offers transcriptions of concertos by Vivaldi and Bach, along with shorter gems, including Albinoni's famous Adagio, Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" from Cantata 147, and the beautiful Adagio from Bach's F Minor Keyboard Concerto, which features some stylish ornamentation from the guitarist. Isbin brightens her tone in the graceful fast movements, while in the slow, lyrical passages, she responds with a lighter touch and some memorably delicate and eloquent playing. Clear, full sound and sensitive support from the Zurich Chamber Orchestra complete this first-rate recording. Don't hesitate to pick it up.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The "Baroque Favorites for Guitar" title of this CD implies that it might be a greatest-hits compilation or a collection of tunes aimed at newcomers to classical music, and the presence of the not-really-Albinoni "Adagio" among the contents reinforces this impression. In fact, it is nothing of the sort. It is the product of a long study on Isbin's part (of course, this isn't the kind of detail the marketing department is looking for!), study that has resulted in quite distinctive music making. The album includes mostly transcribed concertos, with a few solo works. Isbin worked with Bach pianist Rosalyn Tureck, learning about Baroque ornamentation and devising ways to transfer keyboard practices idiomatically to the guitar. Tureck did one transcription here (of the Adagio from Bach's "Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056"); others were done by Isbin and her student Mats Bergstrom. They are highly effective, restrained, unsentimental renderings that display Bach's contrapuntal lines with maximum clarity. For two Vivaldi concertos that included lute parts, Isbin turns to arrangements by Catalan guitarist Emilio Pujol; they deliver real melodic lushness while allowing Isbin room to apply ornamentation lessons learned. The accompaniment by the Zürcher Kammerorchester hangs discreetly in the background like a well-trained butler. Is Sharon Isbin a has-been? Not from the evidence of this fine disc -- she seems instead to be breaking new ground as a performer.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0809274531223
catalogNumber:
45312

Tracks

  1. Lute (Chamber) Concerto, for lute (or guitar), 2 violins & continuo in D major, RV 93  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Rosalyn Tureck  -  Zürcher Kammerorchester  - Howard Griffiths
  2. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 7 in G minor, BWV 1058  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rosalyn Tureck  -  Zürcher Kammerorchester  - Howard Griffiths
  3. Adagio, for violin, strings & organ in G minor, T. Mi 26 (composed by Remo Giazotto; not by Albinoni)  - Tomaso Albinoni  - Rosalyn Tureck  -  Zürcher Kammerorchester  - Howard Griffiths
  4. Guitar Concerto, for guitar, strings & continuo in A major (arranged from Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82)  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Rosalyn Tureck  -  Zürcher Kammerorchester  - Howard Griffiths
  5. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Adagio  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rosalyn Tureck  -  Zürcher Kammerorchester  - Howard Griffiths
  6. Prelude for lute in C minor, BWV 999 (BC L171)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rosalyn Tureck
  7. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rosalyn Tureck  -  Zürcher Kammerorchester  - Howard Griffiths

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Sharon Isbin Plays Baroque Favorites For Guitar 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the dynamics on tracks 1 & 3 are annoying. The volume dips of these tracks sound as if the sound mixer board was turn up and down rapidly and are not the true dynamics of the orchestra. Nevertheless I enjoy this CD mainly for the added Zurich Chamber to the classical guitar playing. My favorite track is #7. Sharon's playing is quick with great tone, she improvises in certain pieces. Added with the Zurich Orch this makes the CD a must have for me. If you are technical, the dynamics are too annoying. Anyone else experience this? Comments welcome.