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The Segovia Collection, Vol. 5: Five Centuries of the Spanish Guitar
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Classical
When Segovia first began playing guitar at the beginning of the 20th century, the instrument was regarded with some suspicion in Spanish music circles as belonging to the "lower classes" of society, at least compared to th... more »
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When Segovia first began playing guitar at the beginning of the 20th century, the instrument was regarded with some suspicion in Spanish music circles as belonging to the "lower classes" of society, at least compared to the Spanish lute, or vihuela. So Segovia had something to prove when he began playing the great classics of the Spanish Baroque vihuela composers on the guitar, and his conviction certainly comes across in this excellent recital. As many of his other recordings demonstrate, Segovia really responded to Baroque music's intricacy, style, and wit. If fact, much of this music was almost completely unknown until Segovia got his hands on it, and we can all be thankful that he did. --David Hurwitz
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Martha L. from LA PINE, OR
Reviewed on 1/29/2007...
This CD has 26 tracks with 68+ minutes of music. Selections by Milan, Narvaez, Sanz, Sor, Torroba, Granados, Espla, Cassado, Mompou, and de Valera.
5 centuries of Spanish guitar and 2 decades of Segovia...
ewomack | MN USA | 11/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Andrés Segovia never disappoints. His playing is impeccable and evokes emotions and feelings that others only seem able to touch upon. This CD spans a vast array of Spanish guitar music history, from the 16th century compositions by Luis Milán to the 20th century works of María Esteban de Valera. The recordings themselves date from 1956 to 1968, with a mixture of mono and stereo. Not a single dud fouls the brew. The quality of the songs and recordings never wavers from astounding. 68 minutes of history, amazing guitar playing, and singular interpretation. One of the best volumes of the Segovia collection, along with one of the best covers (an aged Segovia in an idyllic setting by mountains and water). If guitar even vaguely interests you, buy this collection."
Great For Neophytes And Aficionados Alike
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 09/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume Five of the Segovia Collection, "Five Centuries Of The Spanish Guitar," is a great place for rock and even jazz/blues fans to get into classical. First, it's a solo guitar album, so whether you're a fan of Eric Clapton, B.B. King or Wes Montgomery, it will sound familiar and you will undoubtedly appreciate Segovia's virtuosity. Second, as the title indicates, the disc covers compositions spanning nearly five hundred years, so you can get your feet wet in styles ranging from Baroque to Modern 20th Century. I personally found the 20th Century pieces by Granados, Cassado, Mompou, and Valera quite accessible, originally coming from a rock and jazz background, and they started me on the road to discover other Segovia volumes. Third, the music played is of Segovia's native country, which will appeal to music fans who enjoy authentic "wporld music" recordings. Finally, while this is a compilation of recordings, it is the definitive CD of this material. There is nothing worse than getting into jazz, classical or another type of music that is new to you, buying a greatest hits-type disc, then having to replace it with the original recording when you discover it's something you like. But enough for the neophytes, this recording is also essential for advanced classical listeners. Much of this material would not be known today, particularly the Milan and Narvaez, had it not been for Segovia's recordings. Speaking of which, the quality of these recordings is excellent - all are in stereo, with the exception of three mono tracks from '52 and '56 which sound terrific (no noticeable hiss or distortion). In all, this is a fantastic recording for the classical neophyte and aficionado alike."