Digital Back Catalogue Now Available
We are continuing to make our back catalogue available for digital download via PayPal. The aim is to get 6 issues per month (Discount available for buying all 6) digitised and up on the site as PDF's. This is a wonderful opportunity to obtain out of print Classical Guitar Magazine issues to complete your collection.
Classical Guitar Magazine April 2014
The latest issue features:
Vladislav Bláha – by Guy Traviss
Performance Anxiety – by Guy Traviss
21st Liechtensteiner Gitarrentage – A report by Thérèse Wassily Saba
Rincon Flamenco No.72: DVD/CD Review – by Paul Magnussen
Music Supplement, Tricia
Milos Karadaglic – by Guy Traviss
The Five Time Test for Playing without Mistakes – by Carlos Bonell
Momentito – by Graham Wade
Music Matters, Times Music Critic Richard Morrison on Dance and Media – by Guy Traviss
Obituary – Paco de Lucía (1947–2014) – by Paul Magnussen
Views from Everywhere – Compiled by Thérèse Wassily Saba
Also featuring the regular articles:
Editorial, Classical Guitar News, Events, Festivals and Competitions, Concert Diary, Gruppetto, Music Supplement, Book Review, Private CD Releases, Music Reviews, CD Reviews, Concert Reviews, DVD Reviews, Letters to the Editor and Classical Guitar Teachers and Societies.
Featured Book: The Art of Julian Bream
This is the first book to present a detailed account of the musical achievements of Julian Bream. In a wide-ranging celebration of his artistry the book offers essential perspectives on vital elements of twentieth century guitar history and reveals how Julian Bream succeeded in establishing the instrument as a uniquely expressive force on the contemporary scene. As well as his phenomenal success in inspiring composers such as Britten, Tippett, Walton, Arnold, Berkeley, Henze, Brouwer, Takemitsu, etc., to write for the guitar, Bream is also renowned as the twentieth century's greatest lutenist and a passionate advocate of Elizabethan music.
Julian Bream's influence is apparent in every area of the classical guitar repertoire. He transcribed Baroque works by Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Cimarosa, etc., and is acknowledged as one of the great interpreters of the music of J.S. Bach. He revitalised awareness of the early nineteenth century works of Sor, Giuliani, and Aguado, while bringing to the public the music of Spain from the sixteenth century to the present day and breathing new fire into Latin American music by composers such as Villa-Lobos, Ponce and Brouwer.
Bream, over the years, revolutionised the guitar concerto, inspiring new works in this genre at the same time as performing the perennial favourites. Through concerts with Peter Pears, George Malcolm, Peggy Ashcroft, John Williams, and the Julian Bream Consort, he demonstrated his unique versatility, offering new interpretations of both early and contemporary music.
This broad canvas is represented here in terms of Bream's concerts, recordings, and editions. The book also includes many photos, a comprehensive list of his musical publications, a discography, and a bibliography.
Author: Graham Wade
Duration: 232 pages
Featured CD: Segovia - The Ramirez Years
A landmark recording celebrating the most famous guitarist and guitar-maker in the world.
Segovia - The Ramirez Years is a tribute to the profound legacy of Andres Segovia and The House of Ramirez. In 1912, a youthful Segovia was given a guitar by Manuel Ramirez, thus beginning an illustrious partnership between the most famous guitarist and guitar maker in the world. Legendary British classical guitarist John Mills presents a double CD recording in which he performs a selection of celebrated works written for and transcribed by Andres Segovia. To promote an authenticity of tone, this album has been recorded on a 2012 664mm Cedar top - Ramirez I A 'Tradicional' concert guitar. Presented with an extended booklet containing interviews with Alexandre Tansman's daughter Mireille and Cecilia Rodrigo, this album captures the timeless magic and beauty of the Segovian - repertoire and Ramirez guitars.
Author: John Mills
Format: 2 CD Set
Featured DVD: Evolución - Evolution Of The Classical Guitar From 1860
"John Mills, one of Britain's most eminent guitarists, explores the secrets of guitar technique and instrumental expressiveness. He offers a detailed personal lesson in every aspect of performance, providing not only enjoyment but also a unique experience of a profound masterclass." Graham Wade
John Mills studied with Andres Segovia, John Williams and Julian Bream. In his remarkable career spanning some 45 years he has given over 3000 concerts around the world. He is also regarded as a leading exponent in the Segovia repertoire of the early to mid- 20th century. Filmed in John's home town of Westbury, Wiltshire, there are many examples of technical and stylistic analysis from 1860 onwards. The film includes several complete performances of pieces by Tansman and Torroba along with extracts by Albeniz, Ponce, Llobet and Granados. This unique documentary offers a rare insight into John's vast knowledge, skills and talent, creating an invaluable resource for both students and professionals alike.
Author: John Mills