Tag Archives: Classical Guitar

Denis ApIvor

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Further to my project to record the complete works for solo guitar of the British composer Denis ApIvor I have placed his Op29 Variations (1958) and his Nocturne Op78 (1984) on my YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/kymaerauk

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Simon James Plays Francisco Tarrega

Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) was the founding father of modern classical guitar. Without Tarrega there would have been no Segovia and without him the classical guitar as a concert instrument would not have made it into the twentieth century. The pieces I have recorded are among the most famous of his works and here they are released as an EP so they can be enjoyed and downloaded more easily.

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Sonata for Solo Violin BWV 1000 originally in G minor transcribed to A minor

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Lute Suite No 2 BWV 997 original key C minor transcribed to A minor

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Bach Recordings

After a certain amount of confusion I have found the other two Bach recordings, my transcription and arrangement of the first solo violin sonata originally in G minor transposed to A minor for guitar, and the second lute suite originally in C minor and here, as usual, in A minor for the guitar. Neither recording made it to Spotify or iTunes, for no apparent reason, but they are available on Deezer and Amazon.Mike CaldwellPhoto by Mike Caldwell as PR for my Wigmore Hall recital in 1985 for which event the Bach recordings were made

Prelude Fugue and Allegro BWV 998

Here are some notes about BWV 998 which was released before Christmas 2015. While the original key was Eb Major the usual key for the guitar is D Major. The fugue is very unusual in being in ternary from with a complete recapitulation of the opening section at the end of the piece. I have ornamented the reprise of the opening which I feel would be consistent with the practices of the time and with Bach’s own approach to performance. A point to note is that the fugue from the second lute suite which I have also recorded is itself in ternary from. The remaining Bach recordings should be available by the end of the month after a bit of a technical hold-up! This is a photograph taken by Mike Caldwell about the time of the recordings and intended for the promotional material supporting my Wigmore Hall (May 1985).Mike Caldwell

Christmas Albums

DSC_0718altWe have two Christmas albums to be released this Friday, 11th December. The first is Simon James plays a Catalan Christmas mostly taken from the album A Star For Christmas. The second is Christmas with Kymaera and Maria Ewing which includes the two album tracks we did with this great singer and a previously unreleased version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas recorded live at Ronnie Scotts when we were filming the DVD in December 2001.