This is quite the collection of Baroque compositions played and recorded superbly by the LAGQ. From such exquisite works such as parts of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 to Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, they pull the transposition to strings with dignity and quality of the music. The Monteverdianna piece is superb in its chamber quality, touched by its would seem court jester type style. It is delightful in its upbeat transitions. The Telemann work for violin quarter is marvelous done on guitars, especially the Vivace which spins and darts around on one’s ears with zeal and passion! LAGQ is definitely top-notch! Definitely this is superb example of classical guitar well-done in the Baroque era.

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A.Y.’s “Perfect Sky” has the entire package for anyone with an appreciation for excellence in composition, arrangement, and stunning execution on the guitar. The opening track, “Sunburst”, which has been recorded by both C.P. (under the title “Jubilation”) and J.W., showcases A.Y.’s talent both as a gifted composer and as a master of navigating the fretboard, as especially evidenced by the “burst” of notes that conclude the song. “Linus & Lucy” is covered here, and is another highlight. On this tune, A.Y. simultaneously — and seemingly effortlessly — carries both the bass line and melody to produce a version that surpasses the original in quality. And once again, A.Y. finishes beautifully, this time with an array of harmonics reminiscent of Weather Report’s bass player, whose own “Word of Mouth” album A.Y. has praised. Other highlights include “Green Galliard”, “Rock Skippin’ Creekside”, “Mysterious Barricades”, and “Muir Woods”. The CD represents, for the most part, A.Y.’s emerging potential as a classical guitarist and composer in the period immediately following the completion of his studies at the University of Southern California in 1986. Perhaps the only weakness of the CD is that while A.Y. proves his versatility on steel string, nylon string, and electric guitar on this album, the electric guitar recordings do not match the acoustic guitar tracks in quality. But this is really just a further testament to A.Y.’s extreme ability to combine playing and composing for the acoustic guitar at a level that may not be matched currently or in the near future.

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The classical guitar duo of P.H. was formed in 1998. Hailed as “master guitarists” by the Annapolis Capital Gazette, the P.H. Guitar Duo has given acclaimed performances throughout the eastern United States. Dedicated to both preserving the past and embracing the future, the duo’s concert programs typically sample over four centuries of music by composers from around the globe. They have been invited to premiere several new compositions for guitar duo, trio and quartet in addition to their own original pieces and transcriptions of works by the masters.

Lauded as offering “an exquisite choice of repertoire played with a gusto rarely found among young guitar duos in America” (Classical Guitar Radio, Denver, CO), the duo’s debut CD Mirage has garnered national acclaim for its diverse programming and sensitive ensemble.

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J.W. is certainly the best Barrios performer I ever heard in my life. This CD is simply marvelous in any sense you can imagine. If we examine the technical aspect, J.W. is a perfect player. The notes sound clearly, no matter whether he’s playing fast or slow, playing just one string or all the six in a chord that extends over 7 frets. If we examine by the artistic point of view, J.W. is able to dive deeply in the author’s intentions and feelings and bring us up a rich emotional spectrum. For example: in “Preludio en Sol Menor”, J.W. plays Barrios with a strong Bach accent. In fact, Bach has strongly influenced Barrios’ compositions, but other performers generally didn’t bring this mood to their performances. In “La Catedral”, J.W. performs brilliantly. He plays on the first string so perfectly that we almost hear the notes as harmonics. In “Sueno en la Floresta”, his tremolo transports us to the Jungles of Paraguay, we can almost smell a jungle’s atmosphere. Barrios is one of the most difficult composers to play, and J.W. was able to understand his music and translate it into this splendid CD.

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http://www.mediafire.com/download/f181a4nv5x9i2b0/JW_-_B.zip