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David Russell: Art of the Guitar
Isaac Albeniz, Julian Arcas, Heitor Villa-Lobos
David Russell: Art of the Guitar
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
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David Russell's program ranges wide and far, from arrangements of such exotica as Arcos? Fantasia on Themes from Verdi's La Traviata to original guitar solos by the likes of Villa Lobos and modern Latin composers. They're ...  more »

     
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David Russell's program ranges wide and far, from arrangements of such exotica as Arcos? Fantasia on Themes from Verdi's La Traviata to original guitar solos by the likes of Villa Lobos and modern Latin composers. They're all played with technical polish and, more important, genuine musicality. For Russell's playing here, as in his other popular albums for Telarc, has the communicative sparkle that draws the listener into the music, even listeners not especially enamored of the instrument. In arrangements of familiar piano works like the five Grieg Lyric Pieces or Debussy's La Fille aux Chevaux de Lin, Russell's playing is so warmly idiomatic he makes you forget the originals and revel in the rounded, radiant tone of his guitar. Telarc's outstanding sound is a big plus as well. This one?s not just for Russell's fans or guitaristas, it's a joy for all. --Dan Davis

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Amazing again!!!!
A. Rodriguez | Spain | 05/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another great recording from David Russell and Telarc. Just listen Grieg pieces and Galeron by Sojo. No more words needed. Every year a new David Russell CD....... Thank you Telarc......."
Interesting mix
Mike Shanahan | Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii USA | 12/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While Russell's recordings usually focus on either one composer (Barrios, Torroba etc), one period (baroque), or one genre (latin american), this one covers a really broad range, much like those 'Guitar Music of Three Centuries" LPs that some of us grew up with. In the case at hand, the music ranges from Sor (d. 1839) to Eduardo Sainz de la Maza (d. 1982). Standouts include Russell's take on the 'Cavatina' from the 1970s flick 'The Deerhunter'; a vibrant take on the 5 pieces from Venezuela by Sojo; and Sainz de la Maza's 'Campanas Del Alba.'"