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Luys de NARVÁEZ (fl 1530-1550)

1. 22 Diferencias de "CondeClaros"
2. Canción del Emperador
3. Diferencias sobre "Guárdame las Vacas"
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)

Violin Sonata No.1, BWV 1001
4. Adagio
5. Fugue
6. Siciliana
7. Presto
Agustin Barrios MANGORÉ (1885-1944)

8. Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios
9. Julia Florida
10. Vals, Op.8, No.4
Antonio LAURO (1917-1986)

Suite Venezolano
11. Registro
12. Danza Negra
13. Canción
14. Vals
Nikita KOSHKIN (b. 1956)

15. Usher Waltz, Op.29
Simon Dinnigan (guitar)
P3 MUSIC P3M002 [55:53]

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.

Andy Daly

Simon Dinnigan


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