The Art of Segovia

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Anyone who loves the classical guitar must also love Andrés Segovia -- even if he/she doesn't know it yet. He is credited with garnering -- almost single-handedly -- big-league status for the plucky six-string, and virtually every modern player stands on the foundation of his legacy. Anyone wanting to hear why this is true would do well to start with Deutsche Grammophon's lovingly prepared The Art of Segovia, which pays tribute to both his playing and his tireless repertory building. His performances of guitar staples by Sor, Torroba, and Rodrigo are coupled here with his nimble transcriptions of works for keyboard, cello, violin -- even string quartet -- by Bach, Handel,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Anyone who loves the classical guitar must also love Andrés Segovia -- even if he/she doesn't know it yet. He is credited with garnering -- almost single-handedly -- big-league status for the plucky six-string, and virtually every modern player stands on the foundation of his legacy. Anyone wanting to hear why this is true would do well to start with Deutsche Grammophon's lovingly prepared The Art of Segovia, which pays tribute to both his playing and his tireless repertory building. His performances of guitar staples by Sor, Torroba, and Rodrigo are coupled here with his nimble transcriptions of works for keyboard, cello, violin -- even string quartet -- by Bach, Handel, César Franck, Mendelssohn, and others; these two elements combine to give as complete a picture as possible considering the limitations of space on a modest two-disc set of his technique and ingenuity, and of course his grasp of the guitar's possibilities. Audiophiles won't find ideal sound here; many of the tracks were recorded monaurally, and the performances seem a little unkempt next to airbrushed digital equivalents. But this is what makes it so interesting; you can practically see his fingers intuitively working their way across the instrument, and the occasional squeak or buzz only makes the experience more vivid. The many highlights include Fernando Sor's "Theme and Variations on a Theme from The Magic Flute" and Segovia's transcription of the Prélude to Bach's "Suite No. 1 for Cello," both of which sound intricate and easy. One of the few disappointments is the "Sarabande" from Handel's "Suite No. 4 for Harpsichord"; it, more than any other transcription here, sounds homesick for its native instrument. But this is nitpicking. These performances convey an infectious love and understanding of the guitar that is a joy to experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947169727
  • Catalog Number: 471697
  • Sales rank: 21,231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Andrés Segovia (5:16)
  2. 2 Capricho árabe, for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Andrés Segovia (5:26)
  3. 3 Marieta, mazurka for guitar - Francisco Tárrega & Andrés Segovia (2:29)
  4. 4 Romanza de los piños, for guitar - Federico Moreno Torroba & Andrés Segovia (1:46)
  5. 5 Madroños for guitar - Federico Moreno Torroba & Andrés Segovia (2:56)
  6. 6 Serenata burlesca - Federico Moreno Torroba & Andrés Segovia (2:55)
  7. 7 Introduction, Theme, & Variations on a Theme From Mozart's "The Magic Flute, " for guitar, Op. 9 - Fernando Sor & Andrés Segovia (7:10)
  8. 8 Homenaje pour "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy," for guitar, G. 56 - Manuel de Falla & Andrés Segovia (2:39)
  9. 9 Thème, Varié et Finale for guitar - Manuel Ponce & Andrés Segovia (7:57)
  10. 10 Canción mexicana No. X - Manuel Ponce & Andrés Segovia (1:32)
  11. 11 Sevillana, fantasia for guitar, Op. 29 - Joaquín Turina & Andrés Segovia (5:59)
  12. 12 Zarabanda lejana, for guitar ("Homenaje a Luis de Milán") - Joaquín Rodrigo & Andrés Segovia (5:04)
  13. 13 Capriccio diabolico, for guitar ("Omaggio a Paganini"), Op. 85 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Andrés Segovia (9:14)
  14. 14 Tonadilla on the Name of Andrés Segovia, for guitar, Op. 170/5 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Andrés Segovia (5:10)
  15. 15 Prelúdio, for guitar No. 1 in E Minor, A. 419/1 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Andrés Segovia (4:27)
  16. 16 Prelúdio, for guitar No. 3 in A Minor, A. 419/3 - Heitor Villa-Lobos & Andrés Segovia (5:14)
  17. 17 Guitarreo, for guitar - Andrés Segovia & Carlos Pedrell (1:27)
  18. 18 Ségovia for guitar, Op. 29 - Albert Roussel & Andrés Segovia (3:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 If my complaints could passions move, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs) - John Dowland & Andrés Segovia (2:07)
  2. 2 The Frog Galliard, for lute, P 23 - John Dowland & Andrés Segovia (0:50)
  3. 3 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.4 in D minor, HWV 437: Sarabande - Andrés Segovia & George Frideric Handel (3:58)
  4. 4 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prélude (transposed to D major) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (2:19)
  5. 5 Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 4. Tempo di Bourrée - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (3:36)
  6. 6 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 3. Courante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (2:59)
  7. 7 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3. Gavotte en Rondeau - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrés Segovia (3:01)
  8. 8 Work(s): Aria e Corrente arr. for guitar - Girolamo Frescobaldi & Andrés Segovia (6:40)
  9. 9 Sonata for keyboard in C minor, K. 11 (L. 352) - Andrés Segovia & Domenico Scarlatti (3:17)
  10. 10 Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord: Menuet in G major - Andrés Segovia & Jean-Philippe Rameau (3:39)
  11. 11 Andantino variato, for guitar (after Paganini) - Manuel Ponce & Andrés Segovia (7:40)
  12. 12 Prelude for piano No. 7 in A major, Op. 28/7, CT. 172 - Frédéric Chopin & Andrés Segovia (1:00)
  13. 13 String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12: 2. Canzonetta (Allegretto - più mosso) - Andrés Segovia & Felix Mendelssohn (4:34)
  14. 14 L'organiste Vol.1, for organ (or harmonium), M. 41: 2. Quasi lento [Preludio] - César Franck & Andrés Segovia (1:08)
  15. 15 L'organiste Vol.1, for organ (or harmonium), M. 41: 1. Andantino poco Allegretto [Allegretto] - César Franck & Andrés Segovia (3:04)
  16. 16 Pictures at an Exhibition (Kartinki s vïstavski), for piano: 2. Il vecchio castello (The old castle), Andante m - Modest Mussorgsky & Andrés Segovia (4:52)
  17. 17 Melody, lyric piece for piano, Op. 47/3 - Edvard Grieg & Andrés Segovia (3:31)
  18. 18 La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8 - Andrés Segovia & Claude Debussy (2:55)
  19. 19 Prelude for piano in E flat minor, Op. 16/4 - Andrés Segovia & Alexander Scriabin (1:14)
  20. 20 Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: No. 5 Asturias. Leyenda: Preludeio, Allegro ma non - Isaac Albéniz & Andrés Segovia (6:26)
  21. 21 Piezas características (12), for piano, Op. 92, B. 29: No. 7, Zambra Granadina - Isaac Albéniz & Andrés Segovia (4:45)
  22. 22 Etude for guitar ("Estudio Sin Luz") - Andrés Segovia & Andrés Segovia (2:49)
  23. 23 Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra: 3. Danza de las hachas, Allegro con brio - Andrés Segovia & Joaquín Rodrigo (2:15)
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