Tag 20th Century

Gohar Vardanyan Plays Suite in A minor by Ponce

Gohar Vardanyan Suite in A minor by Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948). This is one of those imitation Baroque works Ponce wrote for Segovia. If you know the gossip, there is even a prelude by Ponce that was passed off as…

Thomas Viloteau plays Usher Waltz by Koshkin

I like the rubato he adds to Usher Waltz here. It really makes the accelerandos effective and adds intensity to the extroverted sections. Viloteau=good! Video Link: Thomas Viloteau plays one of the most iconic pieces in the Guitar repertoire,…

Paul Galbraith plays Nocturnal by Britten

An excellent recording and performance of one of the seminal works of the 20th century. Paul Galbraith – Nocturnal aft J Dowland Op. 70 Britten. FYI, the piece composed in 1963 by English composer Benjamin Britten was written for guitarist Julian…

Aaron Larget-Caplan plays John Cage

Some nice arrangements of Cage for guitar and violin. Pretty successful arrangements, the contrast of the attack on the guitar and dreamy melody fragments on the violin create a nice mood. Six Melodies by John Cage, Sharan Leventhal – violin,…

Gabriel Bianco plays Turina

Whoa, some amazing playing by the excellent Gabriel Bianco. I love his clean playing, control over the sound, and highly expressive performance. He is great at pacing himself and making certain moments very special. Love it. Gabriel Bianco plays mov.1 from…

The Etudes of Heitor Villa-Lobos

If you don’t know the Villa-Lobos etudes then I suggest you become familiar with them right away. They are possibly the most significant etudes of the twentieth century due to their technical challenge, wealth of musical ideas, and pedagogical value. They are, however,…