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Review: Shades & Contrasts by Christina Sandsengen

Shades & Contrasts by Christina SandsengenRelease Date: November 4, 2014Label: OdradekCopyright: Odradek Records Artist Website: christinasandsengen.com Listen to samples or buy via Amazon: Shades & Contrasts Repertoire:Carlo Domeniconi: Koyunbaba (Suite Op. 19)Isaac Albéniz: Mallorca Op. 22Isaac Albéniz: Asturias (from Suite Española, Op.…

The Gravity of Ms. Peters by Bret Williams

The Gravity of Ms. Peters by Bret Williams with Mark Dover, Clarinet. Matt Aprea, violin. Bret Williams, guitar. Marc Schmied, Bass. I quite like this ensemble work which is very playful. Reminds of something Kronos would be playing. Maybe some…

Marcin Dylla Plays Tárrega on Six Different Guitars

When I first saw this title on YouTube I thought I’d have to hear the piece six times in a row (am I in purgatory?) but they clipped it all together into one performance switching to different guitars. Much better.…

Bandini, Chiacchiaretta , Cerrato Brothers Play Piazzolla

A performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Invierno Porteño by Giampaolo Bandini (guitar), Cesare Chiacchiaretta (bandoneón) and the Cerrato Brothers (violin & cello) via the Austin Classical Guitar Society on their YouTube and UPG Video. Live and unedited, recorded in the downtown Austin loft of…

Review: Unreal City by Kostas Tosidis

Unreal City by Kostas TosidisArtist Website: kostastosidis.comContrastes Records: contrastesrecords.comReleased May 2014 Listen to samples or buy the album:Kostas Tosidis Unreal City on Amazon or on Spotify Greek guitarist Kostas Tosidis has released this intense collection of sonatas by Ginastera, Hurwitz, Ourkouzounov,…

Canadian Guitar Quartet Plays Valsa by Gnattali

The Canadian Guitar Quartet plays the third movement of Radamés Gnattali’s Quatro Movimentos Dançantes. Gallery: Laroche/Joncas, Belgo center, Montreal. The quartet has had many members over the years but is currently made up of Julien Bisaillon, Renaud Côté-Giguère, Bruno Roussel,…

Robert Barto Plays Presto by Weiss

This isn’t a new video but after watching it I had to share it anyway. If you don’t know Robert Barto you must get to know his work. His Weiss recordings (Amazon) are absolutely fantastic. I’m not exaggerating. They are…

Agnew & McAllister Duo play Hamnataing

Agnew & McAllister Duo plays Hamnataing by Chris Stout (Arr. by Agnew & McAllister Duo). The ever excellent McAllister on guitar with flutist Aisling Agnew playing this nice fiddle tune. Born and brought up in the Shetland Islands, Chris Stout…

Marcin Dylla plays The Sonata of Loneliness by Pēteris Vasks

Fantastic! Marcin Dylla plays The Sonata of Loneliness(1990) by Latvian Pēteris Vasks. In three movements: I-Pensieroso, II-Risoluto, III-Con dolore. Vasks early style was reminiscent of Lutosławski, Penderecki and Crumb but later works explore wide ranging influences such as folk music.…

Adrian Verdejo plays In a Room by Sharman

There’s a great video of my friend and trio partner Adrian Verdejo playing the beautiful piece “In a Room” by Vancouver composer Rodney Sharman. Vancouver Review Media disabled the embed codes so I can’t post it here but you can…

Vintage John Williams Talks and Plays Weiss

John Williams talks about and plays Suite in F by German Baroque lutenist and composer Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750) back in 1978. The video quality isn’t great but I love seeing these rare videos where he plays repertoire I didn’t…

Scott Morris Lesson on Barring Technique

Scott Morris gives a lesson on Barring Technique (the Barre). This comes via the excellent GSI (Guitar Salon International), thanks! Their blurb: “In this lesson Scott addresses the topic of barring – when and how to bar, and also when…