The Beijing-born guitarist Xuefei Yang has recorded her first album of baroque music, an all-Bach programme anchored by three concertos newly arranged for guitar and string quartet. Bach Concertos is an exciting, innovative album in which she has transcribed for the guitar some of Bach’s familiar violin concertos and other works, hoping to establish these new arrangements as noteworthy repertoire for the guitar and to expand the concerto repertoire for that instrument. Xuefei complements the concertante repertoire with solo guitar arrangements of the Violin Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001, the Prelude in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846 and the Air on a G string from the Orchestral Suite in D major BWV 1068.
Bach’s keyboard works known as the English Suites offer a series of dance movements which, despite their name, owe more to earlier French and German models. This is the first of two recordings of the complete English Suites arranged for two guitars by the distinguished Montenegrin Guitar Duo. Transcriptions of Bach for solo guitar have been popular since the nineteenth century and the emergence of the guitar duo extends still further the potential for exciting and revelatory performances.
The fluidity of his playing on this album is amazing. Each note falls in place at exactly the right moment. Besides the well-known J.S. Bach, he also introduces us to several other less-known Baroque composers: Gaspar Sanz, Fernando Sor, S.L. Weiss, & Robert de Visee. Too often, Baroque music is presented as just an exercise in counterpoint. In this album, the rhythm is matched to human emotions in such a way that it's not just an academic exercise. The music is both exhilarating and soothing.
Mastering Scales Part 2 brings over two and a half hours of valuable instruction from Guitar World senior music editor Jimmy Brown. The newest installment of Mastering Scales offers a deluxe crash course in guitar theory, including everything you need to know about major, harmonic and melodic minor, symmetrical scales, the seven modes, power picking, extended patterns with position shifts, and much more! Mastering Scales Part 2 also includes a bonus section featuring a complete Bach two-part invention, arranged for two guitars!
Frederic Hand, one of the world's top players, brings the beauty and romance of the classical guitar to any player who has a familiarity with the fingerboard and some basic classical technique. He teaches seven well-known and beloved student pieces, demonstrating correct technique and other invaluable pointers. Includes three Italian lute pieces (Vaghe Belleze • Bianco Fiore • Danza), plus Bach's Sarabande • Sor's Study in B Minor • Tarrega's Adelita • and Fred Hand's own distinguished arrangement of the traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts.