Sunday March 7, 2004

Classical Guitar

Spouse and self enjoy classical guitar music (that means music where the guitar plays the melody, not just a few chords). Some favorite artists include Leona Boyd, Sharon Isbin, Chritopher Parkening, Celadonio Romero, Andrés Segovia, and John Williams. They play Bach, Beethovan, Mozart, and much more, with and without orchestral accompaniment.

For more novel interpretations, there are others to choose from. For example, Gary Van Duser has a splendid recording of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" on his album, "American Finger-Style Guitar". The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays J. S. Bach and other Baroque masters on their disc, "For Thy Pleasure". I think this is the first recording of Pachelbel's Canon I have heard for guitar (in this case, the interpretation gets a little "out there" and is entitled "Pachelbel's (Loose) Canon".

The California Guitar Trio plays a wonderful rendition of "Apache", as well as a surprising interpretation of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, on their disc, "invitation". Remember the introductory piece from Fantasia? The one with the orchestra and the colors? That's the Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

Speaking of Fantasia (my all-time favorite movie :-), find yourself a copy of Stevan Pasero's Nutcracker Suite for Guitar. It's surprisingly different and great fun.

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