So here’s the final part of David Collett’s interview with Grisha, where they discuss the role of flamenco in the classical repertoire. I’m trying to decide if I agree that classical players are really prepared to integrate flamenco into their repertoires without a solid foundation in flamenco. I guess I feel that it’s not as simple as just learning the notes to really get the feel of flamenco, but there are probably a lot of solo guitar pieces that could be learned that way. Now accompaniment…

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9 Responses to “Grisha Goryachev Interview (Pt. 7)”

  1. cuchares says:

    Segovia loved traditional flamenco as far as i know.He has the famous quote”What’s happening in flamenco now, is terrible”(Read Paco de Lucia)

    Segovia had some terrible boring repitoire by modern composers so he would know.That being said, he’s never been equaled ,let alone surpassed.

  2. Mike says:

    I can’t thank you enough for your web site, I learn so much every week. The Grisha interviews have been great and the flamenco instruction a real Plus!! Grisha’s discussion of nail care opens a whole topic we need to explore.
    Please keep up the good work.

  3. Lawrence Tendler says:

    Classical guitarists should certainly not play flamenco pieces .Classical guitarists play flamenco poorly ,and vice versa . East is east ,and west is west and they do not meet.

  4. Lawrence Tendler says:

    I disagree ,only Paco de Lucia sounds effective playing his own music ,anybody else sounds like a poor imitation .And classical guitar has its own sound and repertoire ,very very different approach ,sound and discipline and feeling to flamenco ,and I have tried both styles. As Maria Callas said ; ” Do one thing and do it well .”

  5. Lawrence Tendler says:

    The Romero family play flamenco badly ,but they are good entertainers. Can one imagine Bream or Williams playing PROPER authentic flamenco ??

  6. Lawrence Tendler says:

    Segovia understood it is better to master one trade than to be a jack of all trades and master of none. As Sabicas rightly said ,a flamenco guitarist should first accompany dancers for twenty years ,then accompany singers for twenty years and then ,maybe ,he can play solo flamenco .Grisha advocates the opposite approach ,learn some classical guitar and then play Paco de Lucia solos.

  7. Lawrence Tendler says:

    Paco de lucia spent his early years ,many of them ,learning to accompany singers and dancers ,the complicated solos came much later on .

  8. Lawrence Tendler says:

    I am sorry to be so negative but it is very difficult do play either classical guitar or flamenco guitar really well ,I don’t know many who can do both well.

  9. Lawrence Tendler says:

    There is a publication of trois pieces flamencas by Pedro Soler ,which would make a nice flamenco solo for classical guitarists.


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