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Dedication / Andres Segovia


Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000634202   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Manuel PonceHeitor Villa-LobosAlexandre TansmanJuan Manén,   ... 
Performer:  Andrés Segovia
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The compilation of Andrés Segovia recordings concentrates on works specially written for Segovia and in some cases dedicated to him. It ranges from some of the most famous works ever written for the instrument, such as Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Prelude no.1, to delightful novelties such as Albert Harris’ Variations on a Theme of Handel and John W. Duarte’s Greensleeves-like English Suite.

The entire first CD is devoted to works by Manuel Ponce, whom Segovia believed to be the finest modern composer for the guitar.

None of this repertoire has been available internationally on CD before, and many of these performances are otherwise unavailable. "Segovia did more than any other performer to popularise the
Read more guitar and establish its rightful place in the hierarchy of solo instruments. These recordings...have been digitally remastered and sound wonderful...The collection also includes more than an hour of Segovia's playing not previously released on CD."

-- John Brunning, Classic FM (London) [April 2003]

“The guitar was caught up in a vicious circle," recalled the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, referring to the problems that beset his instrument in the early 20th century. “It was impossible to study it at conservatories, with the result that there were no guitarists. And since there were no guitarists, there were no composers writing for the guitar. There was no music, and so no one learned the instrument. A vicious circle." Born in the Andalusian town of Linares in 1893, Segovia remembered a time when the guitar could be heard in bars and in the street but not in the great concert halls of the world, from which it was largely excluded. Few contemporary composers seemed to be interested in an instrument that was so quiet and, playing with an orchestra, was simply too weak to be heard on its own. As a result, the guitar repertoire consisted mainly of works - mostly mediocre in quality - written by guitarists themselves. In addition, there existed a handful of transcriptions of older and, above all, newer compositions.

The young Segovia refused to accept this situation. His goal was to establish the guitar as a respected instrument all over the world, to liberate it “from flamenco, wine and women" and to open the doors of the world's great concert halls to it. But for this he needed a suitable repertoire. After a series of initial setbacks, Segovia succeeded in making a name for himself as a guitarist and began establishing contacts with some of the most famous composers of his age, expending considerable skill in convincing them that from then on they should also write for the guitar.

Armed with these new works, all of which were inscribed to him, Segovia set out to conquer the world as the self-styled “apostle of the guitar". He triumphed in nearly every major city in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the USA and Japan. There is virtually no country that Segovia did not visit in the course of a career that lasted 78 years. Wherever he performed, he enchanted listeners with his incomparable playing.

-- Jörn Leonhardt, DeutscheGrammophon.com [1/2006]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata romántica "Hommage à Franz Schubert" by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1964 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Sonata clasica "Hommage à Fernando Sor" by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  Hispavox Studios, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 16 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Sonata mexicana by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  Hispavox Studios, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Guitar no 3 by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1955 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 15 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Piezas (4) for Guitar: Mazurka by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1933; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1955 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6.
Canciones (3) populares mexicanas: no 3, La valentina by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 04/1954 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419: no 1 in E minor, Andante espressivo by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  Hispavox Studios, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
8.
Cavatina for Guitar by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1954 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 12 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9.
Fantasia Sonata for Guitar, Op. A 22 by Juan Manén
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 19 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
10.
Variations and Fugue on a theme of Händel for Guitar by Albert Harris
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  Hispavox Studios, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11.
English Suite for Guitar, Op. 31 by John Duarte
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963-1965; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1967 
Venue:  Hispavox Studios, Madrid, Spain 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Platero and I, Op. 190: Retorno by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13.
Platero and I, Op. 190: El Pozo by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Platero and I, Op. 190: El Canario Vuela by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
15.
Platero and I, Op. 190: La Primavera by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
16.
Platero and I, Op. 190: A Platero en el Cielo de Moguer by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 1964 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata Romántica: 1. Allegro moderato
Sonata Romántica: 2. Andante espressivo
Sonata Romántica: 3. Allegretto vivo - più lento espressivo
Sonata Romántica: 4. Allegro non troppo e serioso
Sonata Clásica: 1. Allegro
Sonata Clásica: 2. Andante
Sonata Clásica: 3. Ménuet
Sonata Clásica: 4. Allegro
Sonata Mexicana: 1. Allegro moderato
Sonata Mexicana: 2. Andantino affettuoso
Sonata Mexicana: 3. Intermezzo. Allegretto in tempo di Serenata
Sonata Mexicana: 4. Allegretto, un poco vivace
Sonata No.3: 1. Allegro moderato
Sonata No.3: 2. Canción. Andante
Sonata No.3: 3. Allegro non troppo
Marzurka
3 Canciones Populares Mexicanas: No.3 in E
5 Preludes: No. 1 in E minor
Cavatina for guitar (1950): 1. Preludio
Cavatina for guitar (1950): 2. Sarabande
Cavatina for guitar (1950): 3. Scherzino
Cavatina for guitar (1950): 4. Barcarola
Cavatina for guitar (1950): 5. Danza Pomposa
Platero y yo, Op. 190 - without narration: 3. Retorno
Platero y yo, Op. 190 - without narration: 5. El Pozo
Platero y yo, Op. 190 - without narration: 19. El Canario Vuela
Platero y yo, Op. 190 - without narration: 4. La Primavera
Platero y yo, Op. 190 - without narration: 28. A Platero en el Cielo de Moguer
Fantasia - Sonata
Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel
English Suite, Op. 31: 1. Prelude
English Suite, Op. 31: 2. Folk Song
English Suite, Op. 31: 3. Round Dance

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