Andrés Segovia

The Legendary Andrés Segovia: My Favorite Works

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As part of the grandiose Segovia Collection, this volume compiles some of the favorite works of the great guitarist, as chosen not long before his death. The composers are largely Spanish, as fits his exceptional classical guitar skills (these were largely guitar compositions, as opposed to the many Bach pieces Segovia transcribed for guitar later). The choices are to some degree not surprising (aside from a lack of Bach, that is), with the standards of Spanish classical guitar represented -- Sor, Torroba, Tárrega, Albéniz. And, of course, the music is performed divinely by Segovia, as one would expect from the hands of the master when performing anything, but in particular songs of special import to him. Classical guitar, while somewhat more rare than many other classical endeavors, and rarely found in an amazing quality, dependent as it is upon the quality of the performer more so than many other classical instrumental forms, has beauty accessible even to those not attuned to classical music generally. In the hands of Segovia, that accessibility is enhanced further, and this album, being his own selections, is an excellent starting point for newcomers to the genre, as well as a wonderful album for any fans who had missed it.

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