We have some more videos of young Australian virtuoso Alberta Khoury. You’ll remember that she was in town for the Parkening International Guitar Competition, and even though she was only 16 at the time she competed in the adult division and was a semi-finalist. Here she is playing the Prelude to Bach’s lute suite, BWV 1006, on a Ramirez Elite,  and Dowland’s Fantasia #7 on a 2008 Paco Santiago Marin ’30th Anniversary’.

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  1. C. H. Buzzard says:

    Please, S L O W D O W N! You are playing the notes, but where is the feeling, the soul? Yep, even Bach had soul.

    You are immensely talented. Please allow the music to breathe and savor each note.

    Respectfully submitted.

  2. joseph dow says:

    very good. I like your tempo. It’s alive.

  3. Ian says:

    Hmm – I didn’t know Dowland could be turned into flamenco.

    • cuchares says:

      Flamenco? I think you speak of what you do not know.
      Maybe modern Flamenco but Perico del Lunar,Nino Ricardo, Diego del Gastor ? Time for some homework.

  4. John Thompson says:

    Play a little slower and remember speed is not good playing, The Dowland piece should be slow

  5. cuchares says:

    Play it like you feel it.Rock and roll!
    None of these guys know what the tempo should be.

  6. Rodolfo Lorenzana says:

    Enormous talent, incredible technique but the tempo is to fast, so much that one can not separate a frase from the next. She makes a cascade of notes in a display of ability but with no expression.
    She is to young and has time to mature in first class virtuoso

    • cuchares says:

      Why does anyone assume they know what Dowland or Bach indicated as tempo?Was there a recent discovery of which no one is aware?
      Arrogance is the dictator.
      Glenn Gould had the same criticism.His catalogue has been in print since 1955.

  7. Ben says:

    I see the Neanderthals are alive and well.

    If you want to hear great Dowland being played then listen to Julian Bream or Paul O’Dette. I am pretty sure they know what they are doing.

    • cuchares says:

      Mr DNA; there are no Neanderthals today.
      Unlike tempo indications from Dowland or Bach; at least Neanderthals once existed
      Bream made a guess .You think it’s a fact.
      Classical guitar is so boring when played by boors.

  8. Ted Ambrosini says:

    Hey guys. It one thing to say you don’t like Alberta’s interpretation of a piece, but it takes some arrogance to tell her how to play it. That’s like saying everyone who covers a Dylan tune has to do it like Bob. You don’t really mean that, do you? In the interest of full disclosure I should say that I was present when some of this was recorded. Take my word for it, Alberta feels the music and she’s a neat kid.

  9. Rodolfo Lorenzana says:

    When listening a piece, what is important is how the interpreter comunicates with me. Is a mater of feeling. I do not mean to tell her how to play, I am tryng to say how do I receive the message.

  10. Chris says:

    Isn’t it interesting that we have an ideal for classical music especially guitar music. You hear what you consider the ultimate interpretation, the version that makes you feel good. Everything else pales in comparison almost to a point of irritation. You listen to yet another artist play the piece you’ve heard a million times. A few seconds in and “next!”

  11. alvar says:

    More slowly please.You have a great technique, then use it for do music

  12. Ben says:

    Hey –

    Envy – are you out of your mind?

    Somebody shoot me if I played like this. This is the Elliot Brisk – oops, I mean Fisk approach to playing. Basically – “grip it and rip it”.

  13. Ian says:

    16 comments and counting – woo hoo – this is great. Nothing like a good debate/arguement to get the blood pumping……………

    • Tom says:

      Hey guys, there is always Google Groups’ if you want to let off steam! The state of that group should be warning enough for anyone.

  14. Tom Friedrich says:

    I think she is amazing. And although I agree slowing down would benefit the music, as well as backing off a touch on the amazing projection, she does actually have a lot of soul and feeling. Very nice, thanks for posting.

  15. David Mas says:

    Impressive talent and a lot of work to back it up, for sure. I would prefer more effort into tone and definition of every note and a little less on speed but I can understand that so much talent must be like driving a Ferrari, who can avoid to speed up a bit ?
    Anyway, what drives my attention even more is that I think the Marin guitar sounds much warmer than the Ramirez and suits Alberta´s style much better.

  16. Mike says:

    “Warning” – what is this, the Classical Guitar Politburo?

    I see an official order has been issued – yes, comrade we understand.

  17. Tom says:

    No, Mike, I meant that the behaviour of that Google group should be enough warning of what happens when people let off steam indiscriminately.

  18. zack says:

    she is such a great new ,young talent.. I think most agree that she should play the piece as she interprets them and with such amazing hand strength and youthful speed…. go girl!! She will have plenty of time to develop into her perfection

  19. Garrett says:

    I prefer her rendition of Sevilla on the Rodriguez. The Dowland was too aggressive and the Bach too harsh. The Albeniz was about right, but could slow a bit and be more selectively expressive. My 2-cents. 🙂

    • cuchares says:

      Yes on Rodriquez; No on the Ramirez.Maybe she took the quick tempo on the Ramirez to shorten the piece and the Ramirez’s drive to become a banjo/Smallman.

  20. francesco says:

    bravissima e ottima esecuzione!!!

  21. Bob Vasquez says:

    Possibly the recording equipment or, more specifically, my audio system should be improved. In any event, I enjoyed Alberta’s interpretations. Having said that, her bass was a bit strong in a few places (which is what I tend to do, i.e., playing the bass too strong; I probably should be a bass player). Tone production in a couple of instances could be better; maybe it relates to speed (but I don’t think so) or maybe it’s just making sure that each note has its space. The last comment is the hair (nice hair) but I found myself watching to see if the hair would get caught in an arpeggio.

  22. Gil says:

    If my Ramirez was that bright I would think that I had major problems with my nails or that I forgot everything I ever learned about right hand technique. Maybe it’s the recording…hard to tell. I’m not sure that the Rameriz shop is as good as it was under Jose III but I don’t think that it’s changed that much. She is very fast, very driven. The lady has definitely worked hard but I agree with others that she needs to slow down and learn how to play music…not spit out notes faster than anyone can normally think. For all of her speed I hear control issues and an uneveness in her playing. Her soft vs louds, bright vs mellow are almost non-existant. Just my opinion.

    • cuchares says:

      Odd observations.She’s playing on strange guitars.I like her upfront approach.I can hear some wavering but I think it’s the guitars set up like banjos that get in her way.
      She’s a young woman who can rip.
      She’s not some old guy on a guitar list who thinks they know what the tempos should be on pieces that had no indication of tempo.
      Geezer Classical now there’s a popular way of playing…… in fern bars.

  23. Mike says:

    Beautiful playing!!! I especially liked the Dowland. Brava!!!

  24. Jamie says:

    She is only 16 years old, she has talent so let’s when she turns 18

  25. Brianred says:

    I have listened to the Dowland 4 times now and I love it.
    I have David Russell’s ver which is very beautiful and slower.
    However I prefer Alberta’s energy and attack and her joy in playing the piece.

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