Incandescent

Alison Smith - classical guitar

Incandescent - ASICD02Incandescent has two meanings, one being an intense glow, which can generate colours and secondly being full of high emotion and passion. Beethoven described the guitar as “an orchestra at your fingertips” because of the many different colours that can be achieved when playing it. The CD displays the guitar's abundant colours and nuances and is highly expressive. This CD will be sure to delight listeners with it's enchanting mix of well known guitar works and new compositions.  More >> 

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Recuerdos

Alison Smith - classical guitar

Recuerdos - ASRCD01Recuerdos, meaning memories, is dedicated to Alison's late mother. The CD is a delightful collection of original and transcribed works for the classical guitar. The diverse repertoire will take you on an exciting musical journey from the classical and romantic periods through to the colours and rhythms of Spain, Japan, and Latin America. Composers include: Sor, Chopin, Tarrega, Villa Lobos & Barrios Mengoré.  More >>

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Virtuoso

Neil Smith - classical guitar

Virtuoso - SS 002A welcome reissue from Neil Smith, one of Britain's finest classical guitarists. He performs guitar music by Niccolo Paganini, Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor and Isaac Albeniz. Paganini was the greatest of violin virtuosi but he was also a master guitaristand composer for the guitar. The Grand Sonata has three movements: a bold Allegro Risoluto then an exquisite Romanza and finally a set of variations marked Andantino Variato. In these performances, Neil Smith introduces a number of his own improvisations, a lost feature of the romantic era. Giuliani's Variations Op 107 are taken on a theme by Handel, known generally as The Harmonious Blacksmith. Fernando Sor's Les Adieux is just one of a number of pieces reflecting on losses during his lifetime. Albeniz's Cadiz has the jaunty air of a seaport whereas Torre Bermeja reflects on the images of the great crimson towers of The Alhambra in Granada as multitudes of notes imitate the Moorish decor.

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La Danza

Neil Smith - classical guitar

La Danza - SS 001Neil Smith, one of Britain's finest classical guitarists, performs Spanish Guitar classics by Gaspar Sanz, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados. Neil Smith has given concerts in over 40 nations making over two thousand appearances in total. He has toured under some of the finest conductors including Sir Alexander Gibson and Sir Simon Rattle and the finest orchestras including the SNO, RLPO, CBSO, BBC Ulster, City of London Sinfonia, the English String Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. His debut in the USA received a standing ovation and led to several return trips, coast to coast. Recent tours have included Japan, Arabia, Russia, Scandinavia, Holland, Portugal and Spain where he has also given masterclasses, a rare honour for an Englishman.

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