I must apologise for not posting anything for so long. Arthritis in my left hand flared up again and started affecting my right hand. I had my hands x-rayed and confirmed that the disease had eaten away the cartilage of the joints of several fingers. As a result, I am only able to play for very short periods once or twice a week, and that only with the aid of a prescription anti-inflammatory. All this rather took the wind out of my sails and this site has suffered as a result. However, I will be keeping up the server fees for the time being in the hopes that the material will help keen amateur classical guitarists.
Just before my hands started giving me so much trouble, I came across Alex Tisboulski playing four pieces. What a talented guitarist! So, HERE is the link to the GSI Blog featuring Alex and his playing. Enjoy and be inspired!
I met Rynier Prins when he bought an imported guitar from me for one of his students. When he was trying out the instrument he also had a look at the best of the four guitars I had brought into the country – a beautiful Yulong Guo Handmade A-Echoes Double Top Classic Guitar. A while later he returned to put it through its paces and I could see right away that he and the guitar were well suited. After serious and protracted deliberations Rynier decided to buy it and I said goodbye to both of them.
A short while ago Rynier recorded Fernando Sor’s Andante from Sor’s Mes Ennuis – the 5th of 6 Bagatelles op.43 in his home studio, performing on the Yulog Gou. I already knew that he was an excellent musician, but it was only when I heard this performance that I realised that he is more than excellent and that the guitar is just right for him.
So, it gives me pleasure to feature this rendition of the Sor piece here on Classical Guitar SA. Bravo Reynier.
This is a lovely little piece for classical guitar graded at Level 3 – Transitional. The guitarist in the video is Sandrine Luigi and the score was originally downloaded from ‘Dirk´s Guitar Page’ although I obtained it from Scribd.
I can’t find any information on this composer except that he was born in 1941 in France and came first in a prestigious classical guitar competition at the age of 21. One reference lists him as having died in 2011 but this may not be the case.
ClassicFM recently interviewed Mios Karadaglic and asked him to speak about his five all-time favourite guitar pieces. They are Astorias, Concerto de Aranjuez, Koyunbaba, Lute Suite No 2 in C min, and Blackbird (not realy a classical guitar piece).
Three of the five are very well known, but Koyunbaba by Domeniconi and Blackbird by the Beatles may be less familiar to many. Here they are played by Milos himself.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.