Xuefei Yang

Xuefei Yang plays Xodó da Baiana by Dilermando Reis. The video was made for the Starface TV documentary show on Phoenix TV, for the episode featuring Xuefei. She is playing a Greg Smallman guitar.

Xuefei is an extraordinarily talented classical guitarist. Watching her video performances, I am always taken by her dexterity and apparently effortless fluidity, even in the fastest of movements.

According to her official biography, ‘Xuefei was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, & became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage. Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.’

Here she plays Cavatina at the BBC Proms In The Park 2018 on Titanic Slipways , Belfast, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra.

Alex Tsiboulski plays Vals No 4 Op 8 by Barrios

 

I found this stimulating performance on The GSI site. Alex was born in the Ukranian, but he now lives in Australia. It’s not just his face and body that is expressive because this extends to the way he phrases and performs the music. A truly accomplished classical guitarist.

You can find many of his performances HERE

Celil Refik Kaya plays Paganini’s Caprice

Paganini’s Caprice in A, Opus 1 No. 5. on a 1930 Hermann Hauser I guitar in spruce and maple. Featured in Guitar Salon International’s Dec 19th blog. Celil plays this virtuoso piece with such speed and dexterity that it practically takes the breath away.

If you want to know more about Celil then HERE is an interview with him published in Six String Journal. You can also access his website HERE

Bach transcribed for the guitar

Here Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones plays the last movement of the BWV 1001 violin sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). She is playing a  19th Century J.A Stauffer copy built by Jan Tuláček. The guitar is well suited to Bach music and the performer does a great job of making violin music work for the classical guitar.

El testament D’amelia

Arranged by Miguel Llobet (1878–1938), from Canciones populares Catalanas.

Miguel Llobet Solés (18 October 1878 – 22 February 1938) was born in Barcelona, Spain and was a renowned virtuoso. He made arrangements of Catalan folk songs for the solo guitar, as well as arrangements for the guitar of the piano compositions of Isaac Albéniz.

Performed by David Russell

HERE is the music for this Intermediate/Advanced piece:

And HERE is a lesson by Bradford Werner on how to play it

 

 

Nocturne No.2, Op. 4 by Johann Kasper Mertz

I thought I would include you in a part of my musical journey. One of the pieces I love to play is Nocturne No 2 Op 4 by the 19th-century composer, teacher, and virtuoso J.K Mertz.

The piece is written for lower intermediate players (what I have classified as Advanced Transitional) and is usually deemed too simple for concert performers to include in their programmes. However, it may be simple to read and to play badly, but it is far from simple to play cleanly and melodically.

Here is a recording I downloaded from the internet by a Cristobal Selame that sounds more or less how I play it.

Nocturne No.2, Johann Kaspar Mertz

Bradford Werner gives the free sheet music for this piece and you can find it HERE

Jan Depreter plays Capricho Catalán by Isaac Albéniz

Born in 1975 (Belgium), Jan Depreter is considered as one of the most remarkable guitar players of our time. Discovering music at the age of 5, he had to wait 3 more years for Santa Claus to introduce him to his first guitar; an encounter which would result in a lifelong passion for the instrument. Three times Jan graduated Summa Cum Laude for guitar, from the Lemmens Instituut of Leuven and the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp (BE) and The Hague (NL), where he studied with Zoran Dukic. He perfected his art with David Russell and Manuel Barrueco. (Taken from his website http://jandepreter.com)

Excellent article by Marcelo Kayath

I came across this article in the March 11th GSI Blog and I think it is worth sharing on Classical Guitar SA. The article is titled GUITAR – A SMALL ORCHESTRA OR A GRAND PIANO? and in it, Marcelo traces the development of classical guitar music from the end of the 18th century up to the present time. Click HERE for the article

And here is an example of Marcelo performing pieces from the Suite in F Major SW 33 by Sylvius Leopold Weiss where he demonstrates a number of the points he makes in his article.