Simon Dinnigan has produced a most worthwhile and enjoyable
record, displaying a command of his instrument at the highest level.
My only concern is that it is a little disappointing that an artist
of Simon's capabilities is not more adventurous with his choice of programme.
Although there is variety, for the most part, the works here have had
their fair share of recordings over the years. Indeed, the three Barrios
pieces are in danger of falling into the category of "rent a programme"
material. There still remain so many pieces by this composer that rarely
get an airing.
The Violin Sonata, BWV 1001 of J.S Bach seems to be
a victim of the same fate. At one time it was the Lute Suites that were
favoured by guitarists. Now this Sonata is favoured over the other violin
and cello transcriptions. What about the Violin Partita No.1, BWV 1002
for a change?
An artist like Simon Dinnigan, one of the finest young
British guitarists, is capable of forging a path for himself. He does
not need to lean on the tried and trusted. Although his playing on this
disc is unquestionably fine it is no more distinguished than that of
many of the best interpretations of these works. It is time for this
fine artist to strike out in the direction of new and/or less common
works. Despite these reservations this disc is an excellent buy - certainly
valuable for the quality of the playing.