Andrés Torres Segovia, 1st Marquis of Salobreña (February 21, 1893 – June 2, 1987), known as Andrés Segovia, was a Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain. He is widely considered to be one of the finest classical guitarists of the 20th century - and one of the founders of what we now consider "Classical Guitar"
The biggest surprise on this wonderfully exuberant and exhilarating disc comes with the very first notes: the piano tone is rich and full, worlds away from the slightly distant, musical-box tone that is often thought appropriate for recordings of Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas on a modern concert grand. But as the soundworld suggests, Tharaud is totally unapologetic about playing these pieces – all originally composed for harpsichord even though the earliest fortepianos were in circulation in Scarlatti's time – on a piano. In the sleevenotes, Tharaud says that of the four baroque keyboard composers that he has recorded so far – Bach, Couperin, Rameau and now Scarlatti – it's the last whose music is most suited to this treatment. His selection of sonatas is chosen for maximum variety, with a group in which the Spanish inflections of flamenco and folk music can be heard, others in which he gets a chance to show some dazzling technique, alongside those in which the playfulness is replaced by profound introspection.
Étrange destin que celui d'Alexandre Vialatte… De son vivant, méconnu et célèbre : d'une part vénéré par un seul petit groupe d'initiés, d'autre part adulé par les milliers de lecteurs de "La Montagne" qui dévoraient ses chroniques quotidiennes chez le médecin ou le coiffeur.
Aujourd'hui, enfin reconnu par tous comme un écrivain de génie. …
Young American composer Timothy Andres (b. 1985) has received a good deal of positive buzz in the last few years, and his works have been championed by various significant individuals, including New Yorker critic Alex Ross and composer-conductor John Adams. This CD contains a 10-movement work for two pianos composed in 2005–07, as Andres’ senior thesis for Yale University. My first exposure to Andres’ music was a live premiere in 2006 of a rather dull concert band piece. However, hearing other works of his in the years that followed quickly showed me that Andres was a composer of great imagination and character. (That band piece had clearly been a misguided “one-off.” It is a good lesson to be reminded of in general, not to necessarily draw too many conclusions from the very first piece one might encounter.) I was thus very pleased when our editor sent me this release, which is Andres’ CD debut.