The Prelude Fugue and Allegro will be released today as the first of my Bach recordings. The original key of Eb major has been transcribed to D major the usual key for guitar.
Further to the ongoing project to digitally release my back catalogue I have had the 1985 recording Bach For Guitar re-mastered by Klaus Genuit at Hansahaus Studios in Bonn. The first recording to be released will be Prelude, Fugue and Allegro (BWV 998) on 13th November shortly followed by Violin Sonata No 1 (BWV 1001) transcribed form G Minor to A Minor by me and Lute Suite No 2 (BWV 997) in the usual guitar key of A Minor.
SICILIANA by J.S. Bach
LAGRIMA by F. Tarrega (Azahar 2007)
CANÇO DEL LLADRE trad. arr. by M. Llobet (Art Of The Spanish Guitar 2013)
DAYBREAK by Simon James (Daybreak 1983)
DREAM OF FAIR WOMEN featuring Shane Hill (James/Webb)(Into The Rainbow 2001)
A DIFFERENT CORNER featuring Shane Hill (George Michael)(The Music Of George Michael 1998)
NEPTUNE featuring Mark Lockheart (Mark Lockheart) )(Mandeville Place 2011)
DESERT ROSE featuring Greg Carmichael (James/Carmichael)(Into The Rainbow 2001)
MOTHERS PRIDE featuring the Bingham String Quartet (George Michael)(The Music Of George Michael 1998)
THE ROSE (Steve Baker)(Mandeville Place 2011)
‘Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two’, attributed to Fredric Chopin; my thoughts entirely.
During my postgraduate year at Trinity College Of Music apart from continuing my study of classical guitar I also did composition with David Newbold. He had taught me harmony and counterpoint throughout my graduate years so we had a good working acquaintance. On one occasion we shared an informal recital in a rather extraordinary private home in Clapham. where the owner was able to open up all his downstairs rooms whose walls were decorated with Italian frescos and create a small recital room. As we were rehearsing David Newbold turned to me and said something I never forgot ‘ of course it doesn’t matter what you play on a guitar it always sounds so beautiful,’ A sentiment which I understand was shared by Chopin and Berlioz. This collection of my recordings is about that; the beautiful sound of the guitar in many different contexts.
These are the tracks which will be available from August 14th onwards. Strawberry 2 is the off-shoot of a once famous studio from the Manchester area in the UK.
CASINO (from Strawberry 2 sessions 1984)
BALLAD FOR KAY (from Strawberry 2 sessions 1984)
DIFFERENT DIRECTION featuring John Parsons (from Strawberry 2 sessions 1984)
These tracks were recorded with a string section from the Halle orchestra
CONVERSATION, A TUNE FOR PHIL (from Acoustic Alchemy 1981)
not released on Early Alchemy (GRP) 1992
INTO THE RAINBOW – KYMAERA from recording of the same name
This was the last piece that Nick and I wrote together and the last recording that he heard completed.
Both albums will be released on the 14th August and should be available for download on all the usual sites.
This is an update for the two releases scheduled for end of July. They will now be at the beginning of August. Keep watching for the precise date. Here’s a photo of Nick and I from the early days of Acoustic Alchemy, writing music and drinking coffee!