Fernando Sor

Etude for guitar in B minor (Segovia Edition No. 5), Op. 35/22

    Description by Robert Cummings

    After his return to Paris from travel abroad in 1826, Sor began publishing works for the guitar, and continued doing so right up to the year of his death in 1839. This piece is part of a set of 24 Exercises, probably written well after 1826. Andrés Segovia, the iconic twentieth century virtuoso guitarist, assembled and edited pieces from among this collection as well as from Sor's Opp. 6 and 29 (Studies), and 31 (Lessons), entitling the group Studies (20).

    This B minor Etude is marked Allegretto and appears as No. 5 in the Segovia collection. Listeners hearing performances or recordings of both the Sor and Sor/Segovia versions will notice little difference between the two. It is the latter rendition, however, that has popularized the piece, not to mention Segovia's own brilliant performances of it. The work features a lovely, somewhat melancholy main theme, supported by serene running accompaniment. The music more than vaguely recalls the mood and style of the famous first movement of the Beethoven "Moonlight" Sonata, though the pacing in the Sor piece is livelier, and its duration, at slightly over two minutes, is considerably shorter.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Brilliant Classics 95480
    2017 Tonar / Tonar Music TONAR 61201
    2017 Deutsche Grammophon 002894797316
    2016 Warner Classics 556481
    2016 Warner Classics 556484
    2016 Warner Classics 0825646453993
    2014 Warner Bros. 540778
    2013 Doremi / Doremi Records DHR 7996
    2013 Heritage HTGCD 242
    2013 La Ma De Guido / La Mà de Guido LMG 2119
    2013 Oehms Classics OC 872
    2013 Geffen / MCA
    2012 Warner Classics 665080
    2012 Naxos 8503260
    2012 dB Productions DBCD 146
    2012 Brilliant Classics 9205
    2012 Decca / Mercury Living Presence 001653302
    2011 Linn Records CKD380
    2010 Matt Dorris
    2010 Guitar Serenity
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Denon Records
    2008 Denon Records 17675
    2007 Saydisc 341
    2007 Classic Mania 93320
    2007 Global Journey 3857
    2007 ATMA Classique 2397
    2006 Vanguard 1813
    2006 Vanguard Classics 1802
    2006 Brilliant Classics 6478
    2005 Doremi Records 7854
    2005 Artemis Classics 1528
    2005 Artemis Records 1639
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 46809
    2004 Artemis Classics 1598
    2003 Alldon 5198
    2003 Syllaria SP 100032
    2003 SOMM 21
    2003 Vanguard Classics 1200
    2003 Deutsche Grammophon 474 666-2
    2003 Madacy / Madacy Latino 6192
    2002 Deutsche Grammophon 439171
    2002 Forlane 16823
    2002 LaMonicaProductions 1000
    2001 St. Clair 7368
    2001 Rick Sprague Music 20011
    2001 Madacy 2590
    2000 Pulse / Castle Pulse 557
    2000 Pamplin Music 2099
    2000 GSP Recordings 1000
    1999 Accent 9182
    1999 Harmonia Mundi 190928
    1998 Duns Scotus 5
    1996 Naxos 504008
    1995 Harmonia Mundi 390928
    1995 Denon Records CO-78950
    1995 Naxos 553007
    1995 Signum UK 1400
    1994 BIS 293
    1991 MCA Classics 42073
    YBM Seoul 1110
    Jackson Avenue 08380
    Poema
    Vanguard Classics 5006
    MCA 29830
    Tom Nauman 8670
    Tom Silver
    Deutsche Grammophon / Westminster 2GWM 471236
    Deutsche Grammophon 437615
    KLM 2009
    Wendy Olson
    Keith Calmes 6648
    Arcade Records 300829