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#1 Classical Guitar Album / Sean Kelly


Release Date: 11/06/2007 
Label:  Opening Day   Catalog #: 9340   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachAnonymousIsaac AlbenizMason Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Sean Kelly
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The #1 Classical Guitar Album features songs and works that inspired guitarist Sean Kelly. Nylon or steel, nickel plated or wound round, Sean Kelly has strummed many a guitar string. The native of North Bay Ontario had his first training in the classics and it is those roots that he returns to with the #1 Classical Guitar Album. Sean began his musical life studying classical guitar but also digging the sounds of rock — particularly Kiss, Van Halen and Guns N’ Roses. But he stayed with the classics and continued to practice and improve. Moving to Toronto, he studied at the University of Toronto, where he took lessons with virtuoso Eli Kassner, a man who was a direct link to modern classical guitar — Kassner was a student of the great Read more Andrés Segovia. Kelly continued his musical journey with a number of rock bands and also began his teaching career — teaching vocals and guitar in the Toronto area. He soon started his own band — Crash Kelly, which released two albums, with the last one produced by Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses. Crash Kelly has toured North America with Alice Cooper. Today Sean Kelly continues his career with recordings, concerts, sessions with many artists, composing jingles and touring as a side man.

The #1 Classical Guitar Album is a complete overview of the classical guitar. It features some of the earliest works for the guitar including the famous Romanza by an unknown anonymous composer. The work, also known as Romance Anónimo (Anonymous Romance), is a Spanish piece with its authorship currently in question. It has variously been attributed to Antonio Rubira, David del Castillo, Francisco Tárrega, Fernando Sor, Daniel Fortea, Miguel Llobet, Vicente Gómez and Narciso Yepes. Greensleeves by Henry VIII of England not only composed music but was famous for his many appetites. John Dowland was a singer of songs and composer who helped put the lute on the map while he roamed the English countryside. His music has been an inspiration to guitarist for generations. The album also includes works by Bach, with Bourée in E minor, BWV996 and Prelude in D, BWV1007. The Spanish composer Albéniz is represented with one of the most famous pieces for guitar ever written — the haunting and beautiful Asturias. More contemporary and popular works include Stanley Myers' Cavatina, which became known to audiences when it was featured in the Oscar® winning-film The Deer Hunter while Mason Williams smash hit Classical Gas reached number 2 on the Billboard Charts in 1968. It was a friendly a nod to classical music — bridging popular tastes and established performance practice.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Romanza de amor by Anonymous
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
3.
Kemp's Gigue by Anonymous
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1600; England 
4.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
6.
Classical Gas by Mason Williams
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
My Lady Hunsdons Puffe, P 54 by John Dowland
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
8.
Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996: 5th movement, Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
9.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
10.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
11.
The Deer Hunter: Cavatina by Stanley Myers
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979 
12.
Preludes (16) for Guitar: no 8 in E major, Lágrima by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
13.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1905; Spain 
14.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419: no 1 in E minor, Andante espressivo by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
15.
Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Paraguay 
16.
Lady Laiton's Almain, P 48 by John Dowland
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
17.
Grand Sonata for Violin and Guitar in A major: Romanza by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
18.
Dee by Randy Rhoads
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
19.
Mazurkas (4) for Guitar: no 1 in G minor, Adelita by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
20.
Preludes (5) for Guitar, W 419: no 4 in E minor, Lento by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Brazil 
21.
Sunburst by Andrew York
Performer:  Sean Kelly (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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