Golden Era 75 Sabicas with Orchestra 1962 CD $17.00
Concierto en Flamenco (Torroba-Sabicas)
With the Orquesta de Conciertos de Madrid
Conductor: Federico Moreno-Torroba
1. Andantino mosso-Allegro moderato (Fandangos)
2. Allegro no mucho (Siguiriyas)
3. Un poco Moderato-Allegro (Alegrias)
4. Allegretto-Allegro (Solea por Bulerias)
5. Salero Gaditanos (Alegrias)
6. El Albaicin (Farruca)
7. Camino de Linares (Taranta)
8. Con un Clavel (Bulerias)
The cover photo is from a 9"x 12" 20 page
Carmen Amaya concert brouchure c. 1955.
Sabicas (Agustín Castellón Campos) was a Flamenco guitarist who
was born in 1912 in Pamplona, Spain and died on April 14, 1990 in
Sabicas began playing guitar at the age of 4 and made his performing
debut 2 years later. His early style was influenced by Ramón Montoya.
Extensive collaboration with important cantaores (male Flamenco
singers) of the period helped him develop his unique personal style.
Leaving Spain in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War, he went into exile
in South America with bailaora (dancer) Carmen Amaya. The two
toured together several times. Sabicas later settled in New York City
in the United States. He did not return to his native Spain until 1967.
Sabicas was instrumental in the introduction of Flamenco to
audiences outside of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. He was
probably best known for his technical skills: Adding the Classical
element to Flamenco guitar playing. Blazingly fast picado runs (scales),
fast arpeggios, quality composition for the many forms of flamenco,
and never losing the rhythm, which was critical if playing with a dancer.
Also, he was considered to have, "perfect pitch". Sabicas was a
tremendous genius of his day, not only with technique, but with major
contributions, rendering Flamenco unimaginable and giving new tools
and possibilities for the solo instrument. He brought this art to concert
halls and major theaters where all classes can enjoy.
His influence: Notable contemporary players such as, Paco de Lucía,
Tomatito, Juan Manuel Cañizares, El Viejín, Vicente Amigo, Gerardo
Nuñez and many more claim large influence to Sabicas' music.