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Christopher Parkening Celebrates Segovia


Release Date: 09/22/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56730   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Isaac AlbenizEnrique GranadosManuel PonceFernando Sor,   ... 
Performer:  Christopher Parkening
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc is an interactive CD. It includes a 12 minute video about Christopher Parkening's involvement with Andrés Segovia.
Christopher Parkening was perhaps the greatest student of the greatest guitarist ever. Andrés Segovia, finding no tradition of guitar technique, re-invented it himself, rescuing the classical guitar from obscurity. Segovia was a philosophical musician in the tradition of Pablo Casals, and like Casals, teaching became a very important creative outlet for him. In Parkening, he found a gifted student just as dedicated to his craft.
PARKENING CELEBRATES SEGOVIA is Christopher Parkening's tribute to the great master. These are the works that Segovia himself liked to perform, and some of them are his most famous
Read more transcriptions. The Segovia/Bach "Chaconne" is almost perfect; after hearing it, critics wrote that one might think the solo violin version was the transcription!
Parkening honors his mentor with a warm sound and a wonderful sense of rubato. His playing is not quite as straightforward as Segovia's, but his technique is flawless. The Chaconne is particularly moving and well-paced. This CD also is a CD-ROM (though it is hard to tell from the packaging), providing an audio-visual introduction to the CD which includes footage of both Parkening and Segovia. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Recuerdos de Viaje, Op. 71: no 3, Leyenda by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1887; Madrid, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Andrés Segovia 
2.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Russ 
3.
Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo: no 8, La maja de Goya by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910-1911; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Russ 
4.
Preludio for Guitar "In the style of Weiss" by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5.
Variations for Guitar on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute", Op. 9 by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1905; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Estudio brillante by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Capricho árabe by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
9.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Andrés Segovia 
10.
El noy de la mare by Traditional
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Llobet, then Andrés Segoiva 
11.
Etudes (12) for Guitar, W 235: no 1 in E minor by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Christopher Parkening (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sevilla from Suite espanola No. 1 Op. 47
La Maja de Goya
Leyenda
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Preludio
Variations of a theme by Mozart
Estudio brillante
Etude No. 1 in E minor
Capricho Arabe
El Noi de la mare from Suite Catalan
Chaconne

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