Andres Segovia, The Genius Of Andres Segovia – Five Centuries Of The Classical Guitar

Justin Davidson

By Justin Davidson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Magisterial, centuries-spanning transcriptions from the great master of the classical guitar.

Unamplified guitars don't make a lot of noise, and the player is pretty much pinned between his instrument, the bench and the footstool, so there's not a lot of theater to a guitar recital, either. But the pudgy and professorial Spaniard Andres Segovia transformed the guitar from a folk instrument and picturesque oddment into a vehicle of virtuosity and grace. Hungry for repertoire, he appropriated music written for the lute and the piano and gave it all the same gentlemanly treatment, projecting Apollonian ease.