A Guitar for Segovia Javier Somoza

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Genre: Guitar

Subgenre: Classical Guitar

Artist: Javier Somoza

Composer: Alonso Mudarra (1510-1580), Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739), Maurice Ohana, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968), Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948), Frank Martin (1890-1974)

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  • Alonso Mudarra (ca. 1550-1580):
  • 1Tres libros de música en cifra para vihuela: I. Pavana01:59
  • 2Tres libros de música en cifra para vihuela: II. Tiento del séptimo tono - Glosa sobre el "cum sancto spiritu" de la misa de "Beata Virgine", de Josqui03:26
  • 3Tres libros de música en cifra para vihuela: III. Tiento del octavo tono - Fantasía que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de Ludovico02:45
  • Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739):
  • 4Del códice saldivar No. 4: I. Folías italianas despacio08:42
  • 5Del códice saldivar No. 4: II. Folías españolas03:05
  • Maurice Ohana (1913-1992):
  • 6Tiento04:38
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968):
  • 7Variations à travers les siècles: Chaconne. Var. 1 preludio. Var. 2 Walzer I. Var. 3 Walzer II. Var. 4 Tempo del Walzer I. Var. 5 Fox-Trot09:31
  • Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948):
  • 8Variaciones sobre la folía de España y…21:12
  • 9…Fuga03:38
  • Frank Martin (1890-1974):
  • 10Quatre pièces brèves: I. Prélude02:44
  • 11Quatre pièces brèves: II. Air01:54
  • 12Quatre pièces brèves: III. Plainte02:52
  • 13Quatre pièces brèves: IV. Comme une gigue02:13
  • Total Runtime01:08:39

Info for A Guitar for Segovia

The concept of this album is inspired by two sources: the works are based on the harmonic pattern of “La Follia”, a characteristic Spanish Dance, and, secondly, the guitar that belonged to Andrés Segovia and was built in 1924 by the famous luthier Santos Hernández, and donated by the maestro to the Victor Espinos Music Library in Madrid. Segovia is known to have played the instrument extensively, on several world tours.

The music on this album spans 4 centuries, and features works by Alonso Mudarra, Santiago de Murcia, Maurice Ohana, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel Ponce and Frank Martin, a kaleidoscopic repertoire fully exploring the rich possibilities of this magnificent instrument.

Javier Somoza is one of the foremost guitarist of Spain. After winning several international guitar competitions he embarked on a brilliant solo career. Next to that he is Professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid and Honorary member of the Segovia Guitar Academy.

Javier Somoza, classical guitar

Javier Somoza
After an initial self-teaching period, Javier Somoza completed his musical studies in Madrid, his native city, at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música with Jose Luis Rodrigo, with Gerardo Arriaga (Guitar and Musicology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid) and with the pianist and orchestra conductor Jesús Burguera.

He has obtained numerous awards at international guitar competitions like: IX Guitar Competition “Guitarras Admira” (Zarautz, Spain, 2000), XXXI Concorso Internazionale “Fernando Sor” di Roma (Rome, Italy, 2002), III Concurso Internacional de Guitarra “Luys Milán” de L’Ollería (Valencia, Spain 2004), XXV Concorso Internazionale di Chitarra “Mauro Giuliani” (Bari, Italy, 2004), II Concorso Internazionale “Agustín Barrios” (Nuoro, Italy, 2005), etc.

He currently maintains an intense activity as soloist, with orchestra, and participating in several chamber music projects. Since 2008 he is Professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid and offers master classes, seminaries and conferences at festivals, conservatories and universities in Spain, Italy, Austria, Russia, Portugal, South Korea, etc.

Javier Somoza is Honorary Member of the “Segovia Guitar Academy” of Pordenone (Italy) and Executive Editor of Roseta, the Spanish musicological review of the SEG (Spanish Guitar Society).

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