Golden Era 57 Rolando Valdes-Blain Classical Guitar Virtuoso 1958 CD $17.00
Rolando Valdes-Blain was born in Havana Cuba in 1922 and is retired and living in New York. He made his first professional appearance at 13 years of age, in New York. He studied in Spain with Regino Sainz de la Maza, and later with the Uruguyan virtuoso, Julio Martinez Oyanguren. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory in Madrid-with the grand prize award for concert guitar playing. After his stint in the armed forces from 1942-46, he gave concerts at the Casa Americana, the Pan American Union in Washington D.C., Yale University,Carnegie Recital Halls, the Ethical Culture Auditorium in Philadelphia, and the Real Conservatory in Madrid. He performed on major radio networks in New York, Caracas, Venezuela, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He accompanied the Spanish Ballet Company in Canada, South America and in the United States under the direction of Sol Hurok. He was presented as the guitarist in the cast of Tennesse Williams' "Camino Real" on Broadway. In the summer of 1958 he was the featured soloist with the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Raymond Paige at the famed Radio City Music Hall.
He was the maestro to dozens of guitarists, who are still of great influence on the music scene today in the 21st century. This is the rich legacy that he has left us with today. He uses a Manuel Velazquez guitar on this recording.
His brother, Alberto Valdés-Blain died in Spain in 2002.
The selections are:
2. Dance #5-Granados w/ Alberto Valdes Blain
3. Por Ti Mi Corazon- Ponce
5. Campanitas Del Alba-E. Sainz de la Maza
6. Yaravi-Inca Folk Song
7. Soleares-Traditional-Goyo Reyes-Baile
8. Alma Sublime-Campos-Alvarez
10. Guitarra Guajira-A. Socarras-Alberto Socarras-Flute
11. Vidalitas-J. Sagreras w/ Alberto Valdes Blain
12. Venezuelan Waltz-A. Briceno
13. Zapateo-Traditional-Goyo Reyes-Baile
Guitar: Manuel Velazquez New York
Cover photo: Guitar News magazine No. 73 Sept./Oct. 1963