Reflections of Spain: Spanish Favorites for Guitar

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On Reflections of Spain David Russell has assembled some of the best-loved and most characteristic pieces of Spain’s guitar repertory, including his own arrangements of works by Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados. Track Listing: ‘Serenata Espanola’ (Joaqu


David Russell was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but his family moved to Spain while he was still a young boy so he could study music in the birthplace of classical guitar. On Reflections of Spain, Russell plays the music of his childhood home with all the joy you would expect from someone revisiting a beloved place. Russell’s formidable technique is powered by a keen intelligence and tempered by an emotional delivery. He plays chestnuts like Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” and Albeinez’s “Austurias” with a fond intimacy that rescues them from cliché. Perhaps the finest moments on the CD are Russell’s guitar arrangements of four of Granados’s compositions. Although Granados wrote pieces like “Danza Melancolia” and “Andaluza” for piano, Russell’s thoughtful versions remind us that the folk dances that inspired them were originally accompanied by the guitar. David Russell is one the finest classical guitarists to emerge in recent years, and his playing on Reflections of Spain is a near perfect wedding of technique and temperament. –Michael Simmons