As we look forward to the release of Scott Tennant’s CD of Segovia’s music recorded on the 1969 Jose Ramirez 1a ‘AM’ that was owned by Segovia, we came across this video of Segovia himself playing the guitar. The video is from a 1972 documentary apparently made for Italian television, but we were very excited to see that there was Segovia playing the very guitar that wound up in the Russell Cleveland collection and subsequently at GSI, where we recorded Scott’s CD, as well as some other videos with great players (you can see them all here). Scott’s Segovia CD is being published by Guitar Coop and will be released soon! Watch at 0:34 in the video to see the camera zoom in and show the serial number of the guitar – No. 3,339.

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7 Responses to “Segovia plays the 1969 Ramirez”

  1. Salvatore says:

    It is always inspirational to hear Maestro Segovia play. He was an original and profound musical genius without equal. How can anyone not be awestruck by this one mans achievements?

  2. JOHN PINNO says:

    I was very fortunate to attend live recitals by Segovia (in Houston 1971, ’73, ’75, and 1975) and in Dallas in 1984. From 1969-1973 was in the USAF stationed at Altus Oklahoma and was desperately trying to teach myself classical guitar (no teachers around those parts at that time!), and from the Fall of 1973 to the Spring of 1977, I was a guitar student at the Univ TX at El Paso. It was revelatory to see and hear the maestro live, and to witness the amazing ease with which he played, and the incredibly beautiful sound (unamplified, of course) he produced, which amazingly seemed to fill up the almost 3000 seat Jones Hall in Houston! According to the program I still have of the 1973 concert, he was playing with a Fleta, but the others could well have been on this 1969 Ramirez. Fantastic instrument played by a living legend!

    John Pinno

  3. I met Maestro Segovia back stage at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. My mother purchased a ticket for me and I went with some friends that were already going. It was amazing and I will never forget how the maestro was so relaxed and in command. After a couple of encores Maestro Segovia said, “thank you and that is all I will play tonight, the guitar is tired not I”. Thank you mom, I love you and I will never forget that.

  4. Raymond Joao says:

    His world class renown and achievements for the guitar, seem unbelievable considering the challenges he faced. He raised the bar for the true potential of this instrument. Eventually perfection and genius cannot be held down for long. We have been blessed.

  5. Jared says:

    Too bad the guitar doesn’t sound so great and the playing is stilted except when the tempo is rushed in the second piece – otherwise outstanding!!

  6. ari says:

    Always exciting to see and hear the Maestro play as if no-one is listening than God Himself. I can imagine He has lost interest in His world since the Maestro is playing for Him in Heaven. Luckily we still have his recordings, guitars and footages, so we can practice every day to play a bit like the Maestro. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. Daigu Naqsh says:

    Sin discusión, el Apóstol de la Guitarra, cómo claramente fue conocido. Bravo maestro!


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