Posts from ‘Cleveland Collection’
We’ve made some really amazing videos with Andrew York over the years. The first session was Andy playing pieces from his CD Yamour on an 1888 Torres, and the video of the title track has become our most viewed video to date on YouTube with over 400,000 views now. Last year we recorded his new suite Equations of Beauty on Julian Bream’s 1957 Hauser II over at Apogee’s Berkeley St Studios. So when we got another 1888 Torres in we immediately thought we’d see if Andy was down to record another piece for us. As it turns out he had just the piece, Home, a new piece he hadn’t recorded properly and that he thought would be perfectly suited to an instrument like this one. So here’s Andrew York playing Home on a gorgeous 1888 Antonio de Torres from the Russell Cleveland collection.
Only the most rare and highly-reputed guitars from across eras of the past receive great attention to the extent that players, recording artists and collectors share a common language in expressing just how valuable a guitar is – not in a monetary sense, but in the way that particular guitar’s presence fills the room, in the way its presence inspires a player and in the way the character of the guitar is simply like none other encountered before. Such guitars that come to mind are very special in our books, for example: the famous Antonio de Torres “La leona” (see Fritz Ober’s replica), the 1927 Francisco Simplicio SP/CSAR and the 1957 Hermann Hauser II (ex. Julian Bream) to name very few. However, one very special guitar made an appearance in our showroom recently amongst a legendary, rare and astonishing collection, and it has received attention in ways we could not have imagined.
I asked my old friend Juanito Pascual if he wanted to come back to do some more videos and mentioned that we had the 1950 Marcelo Barbero blanca that had belonged to Manolo Sanlucar at the beginning of his career, so he decided to play a Manolo Sanlucar Colombiana for the occasion – Colombianas de Bajo Guia. We also have a great 1962 Marcelo Barbero hijo blanca from the Russell Cleveland Collection, and Juanito busted out a great old Tientos from Paco de Lucia, Tientos del Mentidero, for that guitar. Some great old-school flamenco on some serious old-school guitars!
Here’s more of soprano Tara Rose Davison, this time singing Alan Duff Berman’s I Carry Your Heart With Me while accompanying herself on a great 1979 Ron Hachez cedar-top (a very Rodriguez-like guitar in sound and feel), and Pauline Viardot’s Les Filles de Cadix while playing a great 1962 Viuda y Sobrinos de Esteso flamenco blanca from the Russell Cleveland Collection.
For this recording we used some new microphones lent to us by Matthew McGlynn of Roswell Pro Audio, a new company that makes some great and surprisingly affordable condenser mics. Instead of the Neumann tlm170 or AKG 451/ck28 that we usually use we used their Aurora mic, and instead of the pair of Neumann km84’s we use on most recordings we used a pair of their Mini K47’s. We’ll leave it to you to tell us what you think of the sound.
We have more from Rupert Boyd, this time playing Dowland’s Fantasie on the 1957 Hauser II from the Cleveland Collection that was owned by Julian Bream, and Fornerod’s Prelude on a 1934 Santos Hernandez that is a perfect example of this mid-century Madrid maker’s work.
Be sure to check out Rupert’s latest CD Fantasías, which features wonderful performances of works by Dowland, de Falla, Brouwer, Piazzolla and much more.
Jacob Cordover was in town recently and came in to shoot some video with us. In addition to his solo career, Jacob is duo partner of fellow Australian Rupert Boyd, who also came in recently. In July Jacob will release his new CD Expresivo on Cala Records, which will include the pieces he plays here. Jacob plays Granados’ Spanish Dance No. 5 on the 1969 Jose Ramirez that Segovia owned and played from 1969 to 1980, and Barrios’ Vals Op. 8, No. 4 on a great 1994 John Gilbert. Both guitars are from the Russell Cleveland Collection.
Guitarists Adam Del Monte and Mak Grgic have teamed up to form Duo Deloro, which will be exploring music from Spain and Latin America. In their first two GSI videos they play Granados’ Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor from Goyescas (Los Majos Enamorados) as arranged by Ante Cagalj on the 1957 Hauser II (ex. Bream) and the 1969 Segovia Ramirez, and Angel Villoldo’s classic El Choclo on a Lucio Carbone “1888 Torres” and a 2011 Luigi Locatto “1884 Torres SE60”.
When Scott Tennant came by to play some of the Cleveland Collection guitars late last year he more or less fell in love with the 1969 Ramirez that Segovia had owned and played from 1969 to 1980. When he told us he was about to record a CD of Segovia’s compositions we all had a Eureka moment and realized he had to record the CD using this guitar. The CD will be produced by the Guitar CoOp in Brazil (which is headed by our friend Marcelo Kayath) but we will record it here in Santa Monica.