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The Legendary Segovia


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  • Performer: Manuel Ponce, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albeniz, Robert de Visee, Felix Mendelssohn
  • Composer: Andres Segovia, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fernando Sor, Joaquin Turina
  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000I3VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prelude
2. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte, Rondo
3. Prelude for lute in C minor, BWV 999 (BC L171)
4. Introduction, Theme & Variations on a theme from Mozart's 'The Magic Flute,' for guitar, Op. 9
5. Sarabande, Bourree and Menuet for guitar (arr. Segovia): Menuet
6. Gigues, for guitar (unspecified): A gigue
7. Sonata for guitar ('Omaggio a Boccherini'), Op. 77: Vivo e energico
8. String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12: Canzonetta
9. Serenata española for piano in F major
10. Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: No.1: Granada
11. Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: No.3: Sevilla
12. Spanish Dances (12), in 4 volumes for piano, Op. 37, H. 142, DLR 1:2: No 10 in G major
13. Fandanguillo, for guitar, Op. 36
14. Suite castellana for guitar: Fandanguillo
15. Sonatina for guitar in A major: Allegretto
16. Preludio for guitar in E major
17. Nocturno for guitar in A minor
18. Petite Valse for guitar
19. Suite for guitar in A minor ('in the Style of Weiss')
20. Suite for guitar in A minor ('in the Style of Weiss')
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Editorial Reviews

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The Segovia heard in these recordings, made between 1927 and 1939, is quite different from the somewhat enfeebled legend who toured and recorded through his 80s. The flashing virtuosity and color of the best of these 78s compares better with the virtuosic standards of the '90s. Just hearing Tárrega's familiar Recuerdos de la Alhambra in this 1927 recording is enough to convince you that you're listening to one of the great guitar virtuosos of all time. It's unclear why Segovia's often-sentimentalized Bach became so famous, and the transcriptions that lead off this disc are quite unstylish by our contemporary standards. But once you get past those and the following Baroque items, which take up only a few minutes, you're into the romantic and 20th-century repertoire that Segovia played so brilliantly. The amazing transfers make the recordings sound much more recent than they actually are. --Leslie Gerber

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Andre Segovia is a master story teller who shares his insights of the classic lute, voilin and cello compositions of J. S. Bach. I find the Suite No. 3 (cello) part 5 Bourree to capture the essence of classical guitar music. This album is at the top of my gift list and has been shared with a dozen of my friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Astomis on October 16, 2002
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Segovia makes his brilliance shine on this compilation. You can't deny the musicianship in these early recordings that, if you are familiar with any of his later sessions, were never left behind. Buy it, you'll love it. I'm sure you'll be scouring for more Segovia to grace you cd player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Spence on February 23, 2007
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I don't agree with Leslie Gerber's editorial review of this disc, Segovia's playing of Bach is beautiful and he infuses this music which is so easy to play in a sterile fashion with great attention to the melodic line, contrapuntal texture and form, skills which are often sadly lacking in todays performances of Bach. Leslie Gerber blindly follows the politically correct mood of the day which is to deny that there is any romance in this music, truly great performers don't just play the dots they bring something special of their own to the music, a point completely missed by Leslie Gerber and other critics and commentators of her kind.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Cardenas on December 15, 2009
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The only recordings of Segovia I have had access to are those made when he was in his 60s through his 80s. This latter stage of life does not give the real breadth of the man when he was in or at least entering his prime. This set of pieces recorded in London when he was in his 30s and 40s, the ages when he was producing perhaps his finest performances, reveal not only his true virtuosity but the instinct he had for music. Despite the technological defincies of the day, the recordings are sound enough to distinguish the tonal voices of the music. His skilled synthesis and separation of vocal sections easily overcome shortcomings in mono-sound engineering. His arrangements of Back while a bit licentious at points are filled with the life and spirit of a romantic, not simply the technical prose of fugues and gavottes. But it is with Sor's variations and the all that follows where Segovia's irrepressible muses find their home. Bouncing glissandos, mastered tonal shadings, slurs, and beautiful vibratos grace these works into life.Clear and lively voicing (it is amazing to hear his bass voicing, very distinct and with great energy), exclamation points, sheer technical virtuosity and sensitive interpretations give listeners a peek into the spirit(s) populating his heart. In this man's mind, technical skill is simply not enough. It is the ability to bring music to life that defines the musician, regardless of the instrument, much the way a great actor brings Shakespeare to life. Franz List was known for his lively attitude at the piano. Segovia plays in the same vein, turning pieces into living, blithe (and provocative) entities. Listening is believing. His legacy tells the rest.
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In general a great CD. Another reviewer complained about background noise. I didn't hear it on all the tracks, but it was definitely there (and annoying) on at least a couple.
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