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CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ:
1. Allegro con spirito
3. Allegro gentile
FANTASIA PARA UN GENTILHOMBRE:
4. Villano y Ricercar
5. Espanoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Napoles
6. Danza de las Hachas
CONCIERTO PARA UN FIESTA:
8. Allegro deciso
9. Andante calmo
10. Allegro moderato
DAVID RUSSELL, GUITAR
NAPLES PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audience members and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent, the Royal Academy of Music in London named him a Fellow in early 1997.
During the 1970's, Mr. Russell won numerous international competitions, including the Alicante Guitar Competition, the Jose Ramirez Competition, the Andres Segovia Competition, and Spain's most prestigious, the Francisco Tarrega Competition. Composers Guido Santorsola, Jorge Morel, Francis Kleynjans, and Carlo Domeniconi have dedicated works to him.
Concert-goers everywhere are in awe of Mr. Russell's musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence and soft-spoken commentary about the composers and works he performs. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance of even the most difficult pieces. The attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing suggest an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve. He brings to each piece a sense of adventure.
Mr. Russell's musical talent presented itself in early childhood. Born in Glasgow in 1953, he moved with his parents to the small Spanish island of Menorca as a young boy. The years that followed were spent studying music with an accomplished guitarist - his father. At age sixteen, he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music, also playing the violin and French horn. He twice won the Julian Bream Guitar prize and received a scholarship from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.
In 1995, he recorded some of the lesser-known music of Paraguayan guitarist-composer Augustin Barrios Mangore on his first Telarc release. Critics have praised his "astute" selection of the nineteen pieces on the disc and the "technical ease" and "understated virtuosity" with which he performed them.
When not touring Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, Mr. Russell participates in classical guitar festivals and teaches master classes. He is a favorite on college campuses because of his special interest in advancing young people's interest in music, and specifically in providing opportunities for classical guitarists at all levels.