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Andrés Segovia - The Master Guitarist


Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 8077   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachManuel PonceFernando SorRobert de Visée,   ... 
Performer:  Andrés Segovia
Conductor:  Alec Sherman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 3 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Few musicians have changed the course of their chosen instrument’s history as radically as Andres Segovia Torres. He was born on 21 February 1893 in Linares, Spain, and brought up in the Andalusian city of Granada by an uncle who had ambitions for his nephew to learn the violin. However it was the guitar’s subtle jewel-box of tonal colour to which the boy was really drawn. At that time it was considered primarily a folk instrument – slightly disreputable at that – and certainly not refined enough for the world’s concert platforms… During his long life Segovia’s pioneering spirit never faltered: he continued to give concerts until almost the end of his life, and passed on his mantle through teaching. When he died in 1987, aged 94, the Read more musical world was in unanimous agreement: here was a man who succeeded spectacularly in his quest to be “the apostle of the guitar”. Without him the modern classical instrument, its repertoire and following would have been much the poorer” – (from the album notes by Emma Baker – 2008)

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Surely everyone needs a representative Segovia selection. This one is inexpensive, well produced and fully representative.

"It’s hardly surprising that there are a number of competing Segovia discs in the marketplace. Some range across time and place, some concentrate on the American Deccas (in the main) such as the extensive ongoing Naxos series and some, such as Doremi, couple Segovia with less well-known contemporaries of his. I’ve reviewed a number on this site. This EMI ‘Icon’ three disc box sets itself the task of collating London recordings made between 1927 and 1948. They don’t run chronologically though they are in rough chronological blocks as it were – by which I mean that the 1927 and ’28 sessions are bisected by one from 1935. Since these are all the semi-legendary Bach sessions that doesn’t really matter so much, at least in my book. Some people, I appreciate, would prefer a straight chronological run. Most would not care overmuch about the lack of matrix or issue numbers - but I do.

The retexturing, chordal playing, lavish portamenti and even more lavish rubati of his Bach are bewitching examples of the refashioning of material for a different medium. As Emma Baker notes in her booklet essay these devices don’t find favour nowadays – and so much the worse for these supposedly pluralist times. Franchising Bach to specialist practitioners is no good for anyone. The romanticised identification between Segovia and Bach is a profound and real one; matters of supposedly stylistic accuracy are surely secondary to the historical fact of his annexation of this body of work for his own instrument.

The Gavotte from the Partita No.3 is full of these teasing rubati and gracioso phrasing and almost emblematic of Segovia’s way with the composer. The Small Queen’s Hall sessions also produced successful takes of Ponce’s Suite in A minor, a graceful neo-Bachian exercise with an especially tremulously warm Gavotte. Sor’s Thème Varié Op.9 has long since become a staple of the guitarist’s repertoire but here is Segovia in May 1927, at his first session, revealing its virtuosity and charm for the first time. De Visée’s Minuet was new to me and a delight, the Mendelssohn an example of dextrous fingering in the extreme and the Malats truly elegant evidence of Segovia’s gift for legato phrasing. Tárrega’s Recuerdos De La Alhambra is not as slow as it was later to become.

Few players on any instrument, certainly few orchestras, could be as evocative or could cast so deep a spell in Albéniz as could Segovia. Try the two movements recorded from the Suite española in the guitarist’s own arrangement – as are, of course, so many of the pieces in this collection. In Granados’s Danzas españolas No.5 he gives Fritz Kreisler a run for his money rubato-wise but better still is the Canción from Ponce’s Third Sonata – an exquisite piece of colour shading. The same composer’s extensive Folies d'Espange lasts a good quarter of an hour and is in essence a series of variations on La Folia, of which the slow variation before the concluding Fugue is a highpoint.

The last disc is given over to the post-war recordings made in London in 1949, a decade after he last recorded there. More Bach inevitably followed as well as the expected Spanish composers. The Arada from Torroba’s Suite castellana is a languid romance and Crespo’s Norteña wears the potency of popular song with avid beauty, There’s even an original from Segovia himself – Estudio sin luz. Of the remainder Villa-Lobos’s First Etude goes like a bomb whilst the Tarantella of Castelnuovo-Tedesco is saturated in elegant rhythmic drive and élan. His neo-classical concerto is a delight as well – Boccherini coated with honey. Its evocative slow movement is the high point and Alec Sherman directs the winds with a succulent baton...

On whatever basis you choose – and in addition to these factors Segovia re-recorded much of his repertory - surely everyone needs a representative Segovia selection. This one is inexpensive, well produced and fully representative."

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 3rd movement, Gavotte en Rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 3rd movement, Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 2nd movement, Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Guitar in A minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
7.
Variations for Guitar on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute", Op. 9 by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1823; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Sarabande for Guitar by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1686; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Bourée for Guitar by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1686; France 
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
10.
Gigue by Johann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
11.
Sonatina for guitar in A major: Allegretto by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926; Spain 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12: Canzonetta by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
13.
Serenata española for Piano in F major by Joaquin Malats
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1880-1905; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for Guitar in D major, Op. 77 "Omaggio a Boccherini": 4th movement, Vivo e energico by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
16.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
17.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
18.
Suite castellana: 1st movement, Fandanguillo by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
19.
Preludio in E major by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Nocturno for Guitar by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
21.
Fandanguillo for Guitar, Op. 36 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
22.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 10, Melancolica by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
23.
Danzas (12) españolas for Piano, Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1900; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
24.
Piezas (4) for Guitar: Mazurka by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1933; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
25.
Piezas (4) for Guitar: Valse by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1933; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
26.
Theme, Variations and Fugue on Folias de España for Guitar by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Length: 14 Minutes 43 Secs. 
27.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 7th movement, Tempo di Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Andrés Segovia. 
28.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Double by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
29.
Fandanguillo for Guitar, Op. 36 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
30.
Norteña by Jorge Gomez Crespo
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
31.
Etudes (12) for Guitar, W 235: no 1 in E minor by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
32.
Etudes (12) for Guitar, W 235: no 7 in E major by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
33.
Sonatina meridional by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Paris, France 
34.
Estudio sin luz by Andrés Segovia
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
35.
Tarantella, Op. 87a "Aranci in fiore" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
36.
Concerto for Guitar no 1 in D major, Op. 99 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Conductor:  Alec Sherman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Florence, Italy 
37.
Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996: 2nd movement, Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
38.
Minuet for Guitar by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
39.
Etude for Guitar in A major by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
40.
Sonata for Guitar no 3: 1st movement, Allegro - Moderato by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
41.
Sonata for Guitar no 3: 2nd movement, Cancion y postlude by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
42.
Divertimentos (6) for Guitar, Op. 2: no 3, Andantino by Fernando Sor
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
43.
Suite castellana: 2nd movement, Arada by Federico Moreno-Torroba
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
44.
Sonata clasica "Hommage à Fernando Sor": 4th movement, Allegro by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Andrés Segovia (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Partita for Lute in E (Bach): III. Gavotte en rondeau
Suite for Guitar in A minor (Ponce): IV. Gigue

Sound Samples

Gavotte en rondeau (from Partita No.3 in E, BWV1006) (2008 Digital Remaster): Gavotte en rondeau (from Partita No.3 in E, BWV1006)
Courante (from Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009) (2008 Digital Remaster): Courante (from Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009)
Prelude (from Cello Suite No.1 in G, BWV 1007) (2008 Digital Remaster): Prelude (from Cello Suite No.1 in G, BWV 1007)
Prelude in C minor BWV999 (2008 Digital Remaster): Prelude in C minor BWV999
Suite in E minor Allemande BWV996 (2008 Digital Remaster): Suite in E minor Allemande BWV996
Fugue (Allegro) (from Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001) (2008 Digital Remaster): Fugue (Allegro) (from Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001)
Suite in A 'in the style of Weiss' (2008 Digital Remaster): Prelude - Allemande
Suite in A 'in the style of Weiss' (2008 Digital Remaster): Gavotte
Suite in A 'in the style of Weiss' (2008 Digital Remaster): Sarabande
Suite in A 'in the style of Weiss' (2008 Digital Remaster): Gigue
Introduction and Variations on a theme by Mozart Op. 9 (2008 Digital Remaster): Introduction and Variations on a theme by Mozart Op. 9
Sarabande (2008 - Remaster): Sarabande
Bourée (2008 - Remaster): Bourée
Menuet (2008 - Remaster): Menuet
Gigue (2008 Digital Remaster): Gigue
Allegretto (Sonatina in A) (2008 - Remaster): Allegretto (Sonatina in A)
Canzonetta (from String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12) (2008 - Remaster): Canzonetta (from String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12)
Serenata (2008 - Remaster): Serenata
Recuerdos De La Alhambra (2008 Digital Remaster): Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Study in A minor (from Twenty Studies) (2008 Digital Remaster): Study in A minor (from Twenty Studies)
IV. Vivo ed energico from Sonata 'Omaggio a Boccherini' Op. 77 (2008 - Remaster): IV. Vivo ed energico from Sonata 'Omaggio a Boccherini' Op. 77
Suite española No.1 Op.47: Granada
Suite española No.1, Op.47: Sevilla
Suite castellana (2008 - Remaster): Fandanguillo
Prelude in E (2008 - Remaster): Prelude in E
Nocturno (2008 - Remaster): Nocturno
Fandanguillo Op. 36 (2008 - Remaster): Fandanguillo Op. 36
Melancolica (Danza Triste) (from 12 Danzas Españolas Op.37) (2008 - Remaster): Melancolica (Danza Triste) (from 12 Danzas Españolas Op.37)
Andaluza (Playera) (from 12 Danzas Españolas Op.37) (2008 - Remaster): Andaluza (Playera) (from 12 Danzas Españolas Op.37)
Sonata No. 3 (2008 - Remaster): 1st movement
Sonata No. 3 (2008 - Remaster): 2nd movement
Postlude (2008 - Remaster): Postlude
Mazurka (2008 - Remaster): Mazurka
Valse (2008 - Remaster): Valse
Folies d'Espange (2008 - Remaster): Folies d'Espange

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