José Rey de la Torre DVD

Segovia and his Contemporaries Vol. 10 --2 CD and DVD set $59.95

   I, Randy Osborne contributed historical data to this set and receive credit for my input.

   This DVD of extremely rare television appearances was made in 1957 (this 1957 film includes 3 pieces by Flamenco Guitarist, Carlos Montoya) and 1962 by Rey de la Torre.

   Featuring the early-recordings of the legendary Cuban-American guitarist, José Rey de la Torre. This release comprises Rey's first three long-playing recordings (1945-1950) in their entirety, along with Andres Segovia's complete rare 1955 Decca issue "Masters of the Guitar". All of the performances are devoted to the works of Fernando Sor and Francisco Tarrega, the two seminal figures in the development of the modern classical guitar. The works of these guitarist-composers have formed the backbone of the technical and artistic formation of guitarists for well over a century. Rey's recordings are particularly significant. His recording of many of Sor's most important etudes was by far the earliest and his performances of them remain musically among the most beautiful and accomplished ever set to disc. Equally important are his renderings of the little-performed Tarrega preludes "exquisite miniatures" and the ubiquitous warhorses (Recuerdos, Lagrima, Adelita, and the like), not only for their artistic merit, but also for the fact that his interpretations come in a direct line of descent from Tarrega himself by way of Rey's maestro, Miguel Llobet, Tarrega's finest student. These recordings also allow listeners a clear contrast between the two dominant traditions of classical guitar performance in the twentieth century -one line descending directly from Tarrega, the other from Segovia.

   The titles are listed below:

DVD1957: The guitar used on this film is the last Francisco Simplicio made in 1932, in Barcelona.

Rey de la Torre: Variations on a Theme from the Magic Flute (Sor);
Montoya: Taranta (flamenco);
Rey de la Torre: 3 pieces by Robert de Visee from suite in d;
Montoya: Buleria, Solea (flamenco);

   The guitar used on this 1962 film is a 1950 Hermann Hauser I (date of construction provided by world class luthier John Gilbert-a long time friend of José Rey de la Torre.)
Rey de la Torre:
Homage a Debussy (Manuel de Falla)1962:
Pavane (Luis Milan);
Study in Bm (Fernando Sor)
Fandanguillo (Turina);
Asturias-Leyenda (Albeniz)
Choros 1 & Etude 11 (Heitor Villa-Lobos)


Preludes 1; 2; 3;4; 5; 6; 7; 10; 11
Endecha; Oremus; Lagrima
Recuerdos de la Alhambra; Adelita
Marieta, Minuetto; Mazurka

FERNANDO SOR (Source: SMC-517)
Etudes 1; 2; 3; 4; 6 ; 8; 9; 10; 11; 13; 14; 16; 20

FERNANDO SOR (Source: Allegro LEG-9013)
Grand Sonata, Op. 22  (I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Minuetto IV. Rondo)

Introduction, Theme, & Variations on "The Magic Flute" Op. 9
Minuet in D & Minuet in A, Op. 11
Etude in B minor, Op. 35/2; Etude in Bb major, Op. 29/1; Etude in A major, Op. 6/6

ANDRES SEGOVIA - (Source: Decca DL 9794)

Introduction & Allegro (Grand Solo) Op. 14
Two Minuets in A and in E
Four Studies: in A, in G, in b, in A

Estudio Brillante; Marieta (Mazurka)
Preludio No. 5; Preludio No. 2
Maria (Gavota); Mazurka in G
Adelita (Mazurka); Capricho Arabe; Recuerdos de la Alhambra

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