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Most enjoyable classical guitar album I've ever purchased.,
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This review is from: Bach: The Six Sonatas and Partitas (Audio CD)
I am not a music critic, nor am I an expert on Bach. My only credential for commenting on this album is that I have played classical guitar, albeit at an amateur level, for over forty years. Since I spend a great deal of time reading and writing, I'm always pleased to find a purely instrumental album that can tweak my creative neurons without intruding to the extent of redirecting my thoughts (unlike Beethoven or some of JS Bach's heavier compositions).
This album is simply lovely. Galbraith's artistry is remarkable. Add to this the surprising richness of his custom 8-string guitar (one above and one below the usual six strings), which extends the bass range beyond that of a 6-string guitar, and allows him to play higher notes closer to the end of the neck, increasing the resonance. The result, like that of Rachmaninov's oversized hands on the piano, generates a freshness that is not possible on a 6-string guitar.
Although I've heard a couple of short extracts from this composition performed by other guitarists, I have to confess that I was generally unaware of the complete work until stumbling into this album. Listening to all 32 tracks played in succession is a delight.
I would of course recommend this to those who love classical music. Beyond that, I think most listeners of "New Age" music would find this comfortable and vaguely familiar. As an introduction to classical music in general, and to JS Bach specifically, it would be hard to find a recording with a less bombastic baroque flavor.