Guitar Classics from Spain

Author: 
John Duarte

Guitar Classics from Spain

  • (16) Preludios, A minor
  • Capricho árabe
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • (15) Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, La maja de Goya
  • Suite española No. 1, No. 1, Granada
  • Suite española No. 1, No. 3, Sevilla
  • (12) Piezás características, Zambra
  • Mallorca
  • Prelude
  • Sonatina
  • Nocturno
  • (3) Piezas españolas, Passacaglia
  • (El) Noi de la mare

The programme is very much the mixture as so often before, so much so that the few items that are not otherwise to be had on CD may be so on LP. Kayath is young and generously talented and brings a youthful freshness to some of the music—in danger of becoming staled by over-familiarity. His tone is exceptionally clear, refined (barring a few thin sounds on the first string) and varied; his dynamic range is wide and well used, and his articulation remains well defined throughout decrescendos. Technical command enables him to apply a good measure of rubato without losing impetus and good taste regulates both its incidence and extent. There is much beauty and warmth but the depth of feeling and the incandescence of Bream and Segovia on this same stamping ground are not yet present, Kayath has however, enough years ahead of him for life to impart these things.
This vividly recorded recital has no clear musical advantage over its better competitors, but its price will make it very attractive to those who still wish to add excellent performances of these pieces to their collection.'

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