G. E. 51

G. E. 51   Felix Arguelles 1945 CD $17.00

   Although not a familiar name to aficionados of the Spanish Guitar in North America, the player has an extraordinary tone, maybe better than some contemporaries on the scene at the time of the recordings. This quality of tone is a constant, somewhat as we expect nowadays from a Guitar Foundation of America competition winner.

   Felix Arguelles was born in Spain around 1905-1910. According to
oral tradition during the Spanish Civil War he was once approached
by members of the Civil Guard while he was playing guitar in a tavern.
All of a sudden everyone in the tavern was under arrest and it
appeared they were going to be taken out and shot to death. Upon this happening Felix said to the chief of the Civil Guard: "Why shoot me? I'm
just a simple guitarist and not involved at all in politics." Whereupon the
chief said: "If you can play the Jota Aragonesa by Tarrega you'll  save
yourself from being shot." Felix is said to have played impeccably. After
that the chief of the Guarda Civil said: "Good, you can leave, go ahead."
Felix left for France and later arrived in Argentina. In the province of
Buenos Aires in a town called "9 de Julio" they say he was passing by
a barbershop and heard the barber playing guitar. He went in and
asked if he could play the guitar. The barber connected him with the
Sociedad Española (Spanish Society) and the the mayor's office. He
then gave concerts in the area and all the way to northern Argentina,
he later went on to the United States and recorded these pieces for the
Spanish Music Center in New York City in 1945. These were released
before the earliest recordings of the legendary Rey de la Torre. They
say that one day the barber was cutting a customers hair and up drove a luxurious automobile and parked in front of the barbershop. The driver
opened up the trunk and took out the finest wines and whiskies. It was
Felix who had experienced such good fortune and had returned to thank
the person who had helped so much. Felix married an Argentine woman
and lived in Puerto Madryn in the zone of Patagonia. From there he based
his operations and gave concerts all over South America and other parts
of the world. He died about ten years ago approximately in 1994.


The Selections are:

1. Alborada (Cajita de Musica) Francisco Tarrega

 2. Courante J. S. Bach

 3. Estilo Popular Argentino Pedro Quijano

 4. Trianerias (Flamenco Theme) Felix Arguelles

 5. Danza Mora Francisco Tarrega

 6. Leyenda Issac Albeniz-Francisco Tarrega

 7. Guajiras Felix Arguelles

 8. Serenata Española Joaquin Malats-Francisco Tarrega

 9. Vidalita (Estlio Argentina) Antonio Sinopoli

10. Tientos (Flamenco Theme) Felix Arguelles

11. Estudio Brillante (Alard prelude) Alard-Francisco Tarrega

12. Minueto Fernando Sor

13. Capricho Arabe Francisco Tarrega

14. Nocturno (Tremolo Study) Orlandi


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