New videos of Taso Comanescu are published on our GSI YouTube channel (SUBSCRIBE)! This time, our good friend Taso recorded 4 of the 12 Preludes (Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6) by Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948). These are incredibly charming, albeit short pieces (around 1-minute long each), but each one presents a broad range of colors and dynamic levels, which makes them perfect miniatures for easy consumption. We recommend you check them out!

“Prelude No. 1 in F# minor”, performed on 2019 Matthew Chaffin SP/ZR

“Prelude No. 2 in A major”performed on 2019 Daniele Marrabello SP/IN,

“Prelude No. 4 in B major”, performed on 2019 Kenneth Brogger ‘Polycentric Baroque Arch Head’

“Prelude No. 6 in A major”, performed on 2019 Fructuoso Zalapa “Romanillos” SP/KW

In the description of each new GSI video, you can also download a PDF of “Capricho Árabe” by Tárrega, arranged by Agustín Barrios Mangoré. In the past, Taso recorded this piece with us, and feel free to watch that here!

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2 Responses to “Taso Comanescu plays Preludes by Manuel Maria Ponce”

  1. Martyn says:

    Beautiful. Four of 24 Preludes, though, not 12. Taso’s selection is from the 12 that Segovia recorded – the rest are worth checking out too!

  2. Beautifully played – direct, strong performances of Ponce’s compositions. Taso’s approach is the more expressive through his understated simplicity; it requires confident technique for a
    “quiet” interpretation (restraint in playing that is, in a sense, easy to do badly).
    Each fine new guitar seems to have been destined for its respective piece.
    Certainly it’s hard to “rank” them in quality.
    We’re grateful for new generations of guitarists & luthiers, who have devoted themselves to such a high level of performance & construction.
    GSI deserves great credit for encouraging & supporting them.


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