DAVID RUSSELL PLAYS BAROQUE GUITAR MUSIC
|Jean Baptiste LOEILLET
Suite No. 1 in G minor
Allamande, Corente, Sarabanda, Aria, Minuet, Giga
Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741)
Sonata in B flat Major, R.46
Largo, Allegro, Largo II, Allegro II
George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)
Sonata in A minor, Op.1, No.4 (HWV 362)
Larghetto, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro
Dominico SCARLATTI (1685-1757)
Sonata in D Major, K 490
Sonata in D Major, K 491
Sonata in C Major, K 501
Sonata in C Major, K 308
Sonata in C Major, K 309
Sonata in G Major, K 390
Sonata in G Major, K 391
Sonata in F minor, K 238
Sonata in F minor, K 239
David Russell (guitar)
I have always admired the artistry of David Russell and on this recording
he has excelled even his own already high standards. The phrasing and voicing
flow so naturally from him that it seems so obviously correct and tasteful,
yet to achieve it is a gift imparted to so few. Ornamentation is so well
articulated as to appear effortless; in fact any difficulties are swept aside
so that all that remains is the purity of the music.
His choice of programme is also inspired, no well worn out or too familiar
pieces here; all are interesting and musically entertaining.
All the music on this disc are transcriptions (I presume by Russell himself).
The Loeillet and Scarlatti from the harpsichord, and the Vivaldi and Handel
from the cello and flute respectively. While the guitar and harpsichord share
the plucked nature of sound production, David Russell gives a more than adequate
alternative to the bowed timbres of the Vivaldi and the woodwind nuances
of the flute pieces of Handel.
Of the four composers included here only Jean Baptiste Loeillet was unfamiliar
to me but Russell's playing of the Suite No.1 in G minor reveals music of
real stature (listen to the ornaments on the Minuet).
Many of the Sonatas of Dominico Scarlatti are well known in guitar transcription
but on the whole David Russell's selection is new to me. Of the nine played
here only K391 (Longo 79) is familiar as a guitar solo from the recording
of Andrés Segovia (MCA MUCS 105) and here again Russell's readings
of these fine works are exemplary.
In the final analysis everything about this disc radiates quality, the player,
the music and the recording are all of the highest calibre and I would go
as far as to say that this is the finest guitar recordings of baroque music