Francisco Tárrega

Recuerdos de la Alhambra, for guitar

    Description by Robert Cummings

    As his admirers are aware, Francisco Tárrega is called the father of twentieth century guitar technique. No other composer from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century played as pivotal a role in reviving interest in the guitar after its popularity began fading in the mid-nineteenth century. This work is arguably his most popular and is easily among the most popular ever written. Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) is a somewhat Impressionistic piece in that it depicts the composer's impressions of Granada's most famous palace, the ancient Alhambra. The work is a tremolo study and, at slightly over four minutes, substantially longer than most of Tárrega's original pieces for guitar -- pieces not only brief of expression but salon-like in character.

    Recuerdos is a fairly light work, but one of great beauty, the quivering flow of its dark lyricism imparting a hushed nocturnal charm throughout the piece. The slowly paced main theme rises and falls many times along its lengthy path, at times bordering on sadness or on loss, yet balancing its gloom with an emotional sweetness that makes the ear focus on the music's beauty and turn away from its sense of distress. While the composer may well be depicting some historical feeling associated with the castle or merely its enchanting atmosphere, the tender, tremulous music could just as well be about a failed romance or the loss of a friend. In any event, this charming work will appeal to most lovers of guitar music.

    Appears On

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    2017 Claudio / Claudio Records CR 60376
    2017 Claudio / Claudio Records CR 60372
    2016 Warner Classics 556481
    2016 Warner Classics 556484
    2016 Alba ABCD 391
    2016 Naxos 8573442
    2016 Erato 557141
    2016 IDIS IDIS 6715
    2016 Naxos 8578343
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646453993
    2016 Sony Classical 88875197812
    2016 Sony Classical / Sony Music 309294
    2016 Decca B002454402
    2015 Contrastes CR 6201406
    2015 Warner Classics 552773
    2015 Melodiya MELREC 1002362
    2015 IDIS IDIS 6699
    2015 Opening Day Recordings ODR 7450
    2015 Tuxedo Music TUXCD 1064
    2015 IDIS IDIS 6691-92
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94336
    2014 Piano 21 P 21052 N
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    2014 Christophorus CHE 01972
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    2014 Nimbus NI 5914
    2014 Azica Records PWACD 71287
    2014 Alison Smith Music
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    2013 Doremi / Doremi Records DHR 7996
    2013 Challenge Classics CC 72601
    2013 EMEC (Editorial de Musica Espanola) 074
    2013 Decca 2894785074
    2013 Warner Classics 2564636621
    2013 Signum Classics SIGCD 405
    2013 La Ma De Guido / La Mà de Guido LMG 2119
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    1998 Audio Acoustical College 8004
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    1998 Premium Music 6024
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