Our friend – and builder of the “Camino Dos Bocas” guitar – Federico Sheppard has an organization called CaminoArtes with which he promotes all things related to the classical guitar on the Camino de Santiago, near his workshop in Carrion de los Condes, Spain. The organization puts on concerts, guitar-making workshops and many other functions for the community. We even published a video of theirs that details some of this activity, which you can view here.

SO, as part of this initiative, Federico invited Pavel Steidl to perform on the 2015 Federico Sheppard “Camino Dos Bocas” guitar before it was shipped to us. Each performance was beautifully filmed by our friends at Open Strings Berlin in the breathtaking bishop’s chapel in the Museo Diocesano de Arte Palacio Episcopal (known as the “Sistine Chapel of Spain”) in Palencia. With this guitar, Federico Sheppard pays hommage to guitars by the great Francisco Simplicio, and on it, Pavel delivers great music.

Take a listen to the three pieces below: the “Courante” and “Gigue” from ‘Suite in G Major’ by Losy and the beautiful ‘Sarabande’ by Červenka.

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10 Responses to “Pavel Steidl plays Federico Sheppard “Camino” in “Sistine Chapel of Spain””

  1. Noble Carney says:

    Beautiful playing Sir. Thank you.

  2. George Volkaitis says:

    Beautiful venue, wonderful music, great musician

  3. marc says:

    je ne suis pas convaincu par le son de cette guitare

  4. Ron Puddu says:

    Comment no. 3 is not a compliment just in case you’d want to know. RP

  5. The Doctor Is In says:

    The playing is fine, but what’s with the grunt humming? It totally distracts from the music. Try playing with a ball gag.

  6. If you don’t like musicians who make personal human noises while playing then Never listen to one of the greatest pianist of all time, Glen Gould.

  7. JC FARBER says:

    Just beautiful artistry and phrasing Pavel. I had never heard these before but love the Renaissance guitar! And the acoustics must have been glorious. Thank you Open Strings Berlin for sharing.

  8. Gordon Andrews says:

    Short answer is he cannot help it. The music did originate on a score by a composer of great talent and the artist is enraptured by it. Some say it’s the singer not the song. But we see it is both. It represents purity and joy. For me personally it is like an adjective. I suppose shouting and gesticulating wildly would be considered overkill but this understated show of oneness between player and playing is not a affectation. It is expression of the human in thworld’s greatest art form.

    My opinion. Intelligent commentary is always welcome.

  9. Michael David Rubin says:

    Remarkable performance.Virtuosity the more impressive by being totally subservient to the music. Pavel seems at one with the instrument & w/ the composer’s “vision” for the piece. Fine that it shows in his face, in a gesture here & there, humming, too. 2nd the comments of Mssrs. Traphagen & Andrews. Impressive instrument, whatever the non-standard design. Maestro Segovia once more must be gratified that another fine guitarist confirms the tradition that, for modernity, he invented. Since YouTube videos present music w/ a unique visual dimension, we may also appreciate the sincerity & rapture expressed by Pavel, apparently a beautiful soul whose portrait might have come from a Rembrandt or Goya. The world needs more.


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