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Greensleeves - Göran Söllscher, Guitar


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 413325   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousJohn DowlandSilvius Leopold Weiss,   ... 
Performer:  Göran Söllscher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have rarely heard—on any instrument—a more clean-cut, firmly rhythmical, tonally sensitive and musically satisfying reading of the Bach Chaconne. The performances are first-class.

Solo guitar records tend, not unnaturally, to appeal primarily to guitarists or those with a parti-pris for the instrument. Let me therefore, with all the vehemence at my command, urge all other music-lovers not to overlook this particular disc, for it features an artist of world class, by any standard, whose playing will certainly impress anyone tempted to regard the guitar as a 'lesser' instrument. (That so few records by him have been issued is indeed extraordinary.) I have rarely heard—on any instrument—a more clean-cut, firmly
Read more rhythmical, tonally sensitive and musically satisfying reading of the Bach Chaconne—and it strikes me as singularly perverse of the sleeve-note merely to quote a Paris critic who in 1935 was outraged by Segovia transcribing it from the violin original. Even he, however, would be hard put to find fault with the Sor variations, especially as played here, with virtuoso brilliance and subtle nuances of phrasing and tone. Both these two works are performed on the normal guitar: for the rest of the programme (in which Sollscher sometimes adds discreet embellishments to the text) he uses an 11-string alto instrument tuned like a Renaissance lute, which allows him to play the pieces without having to transcribe them.

There are some jewels here: a gem of another kind is provided by the sleeve-note writer who declares the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book to have been compiled by someone who was not even born until a century and a quarter after its actual compilation date of about 1615. The recording, like the performances, is first class.

-- Lionel Salter Gramophone [9/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1. Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
2. Kemp's Jig by Traditional
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
3. Packington's Pound by Anonymous
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
4. Watkins ale by Anonymous
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1580; England 
5. Lachrimae Pavan, P 15 by John Dowland
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
6. Frogg Galliard, P 23A by John Dowland
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
7. Fantasia for Lute in E minor by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
8. Chaconne for Lute in A major by Silvius Leopold Weiss
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
9. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
10. Variations for Guitar on "Marlborough s'en va-t-en-guerre", Op. 28 by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1827; Russia 
11. Primo libro d'intavolatura di liuto: Toccata by Michelangelo Galilei
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1620; Monaco 
12. Primo libro d'intavolatura di liuto: Corrente by Michelangelo Galilei
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1620; Monaco 
13. Primo libro d'intavolatura di liuto: Volta by Michelangelo Galilei
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1620; Monaco 

Featured Sound Samples

Greensleeves (Traditional)
Watkins Ale (Anonymous)
Primo libro d'intavolatura di liuto (Galilei): Toccata

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