David Russell Plays Renaissance Favorites for Guitar

David Russell Plays Renaissance Favorites for Guitar

by David Russell


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Although guitarist David Russell's career has been built largely on the Spanish and Latin American music that makes up such a beloved part of his instrument's repertoire, he's often looked back to earlier eras, too, serving up transcriptions of Bach and other Baroque composers on some of his finest recordings. Here, on his 11th album for Telarc, Russell goes back further still, to the Renaissance, beginning his exploration in the familiar territory of Spain -- a time and place that was central to the guitar's history. He doesn't linger long, however: After setting the 16th-century tone with a trio of works by Alonso Mudarra and Luys de Narvaez, Russell heads to England and the music John Dowland, which comprises the heart of this recital -- well over half of its duration. Dowland's music for lute (which translates with ease to guitar) is a landmark of its time, alternating between poised dances (especially the stately galliards, five of which are heard here) and deeply expressive fantasias. Dowland's famous gift for melancholy is displayed in pieces like Semper Dowland Semper Dolens and the well-known Lachrimae, which inspires one of the most touching performances Russell has ever committed to disc. The beauty of Dowland's works could easily have sustained an entire album, yet the final, Italian segment of the recital is an equal delight. Russell devotes his mastery of tone color to four of Francesco Canova da Milano's fantasias and ricercars, after which the set of popular-style dances by Pietro Paolo Borrono and Joan Ambrosio Dalza bring the guitarist's journey to a relaxed and satisfying conclusion.

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Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408065927
catalogNumber: 80659
Rank: 201196

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