Category: Instrumental

Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc

Rodrigo & Gabriela – re-Foc       Thom Jurek: ‘While Rodrigo y Gabriela’s self-titled third album is an utter and complete joy to listen to — actually, it’s more of a riotous celebration — it’s more than difficult to describe exactly what they do. This Mexican guitar duo met while in a heavy metal […]

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Steve Hackett – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Steve Hackett – A Midsummer Night’s Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a lengthy suite for guitar and orchestra. I’d call it a ballet – and it’s easy to imagine it being danced. The overall sound is decidedly Romantic, with a mix of influences: a lot of mid-nineteenth century classical guitar music; twentieth-century Segovia repertoire […]

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Jim Hall – Jazz Guitar

Jim Hall – Jazz Guitar AMG Review: Jim Hall’s debut as a leader has a somewhat tortured history. The original LP had ten tracks, though producer Richard Bock edited six of them for a later pressing and also inexplicably overdubbed Larry Bunker’s drums (he wasn’t originally present) on a third pressing. Over time the complete versions […]

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John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites   AMG Review :   The title John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites might lead some to believe that this is a collection of public-domain items that go back to the Deep South of the 19th century. However, while this […]

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Ravi Shankar – Sound Of The Sitar

Ravi Shankar – Sound Of The Sitar AMG Review:  One of the early works of art created for the West by the Grandfather of World Music. Ravi Shankar – Sound Of The Sitar stands as an early attempt to teach the curious western listener about the complexity and beauty of Indian music. Composer Alan Hovhaness […]

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Chopin – 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein)

Chopin – 19 Nocturnes (Arthur Rubinstein) Arthur Rubinstein, KBE (January 28, 1887 – December 20, 1982) was a Polish-American classical pianist who received international acclaim for his performances of the music written by a variety of composers; many regard him as the greatest Chopin interpreter of his time. He is widely considered one of the […]

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Glenn Gould – Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 played by Glenn Gould The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The […]

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