Last time he visited us, Celil laid down a performance of Las Abejas by Agustin Barrios that totally blew us away. This year, he brought another super-virtuoso piece, the kind that makes you wonder, “Is that even possible on the guitar?!” Enjoy Celil’s performance of Paganini’s Caprice in A, Opus 1 No. 5. on this stunning 1930 Hermann Hauser I guitar in spruce and maple.
Last week, we were thrilled to see Classical Guitar Magazine’s review of our new CD with George Sakellariou, “The Sound of Torres,” and even more pleased with the praise given by editor Blair Walsh. For those unfamiliar, Blair personally reviews just about every classical guitar album that comes into the world, so we were excited to hear him say our CD was “as satisfying an album that has crossed [his] desk in a while.”
The “Black River” is the first instrument in a limited-edition series of “Art Guitars” being built by Italian luthier Enrico Bottelli. This first guitar of the series was unveiled at the “Roma Expo Guitars 2018” in March of 2018. To learn more about Enrico’s thoughts on what inspired this breathtaking instrument, read below about the “Black River”.
It’s always a pleasure to watch Yuri Liberzon perform in our very showroom, and he always brings with him captivating pieces of music. Find out what we mean below with his YouTube playlist now available.
Here is a gorgeous new instrument we will be receiving very soon from Italian luthier Paolo Coriani. This guitar is especially interesting because it is near-exact “bench copy” of an instrument built by Enrique Garcia in 1907. Paolo had this very instrument in his workshop for many years and was able to study all the details necessary to create the gorgeous instrument in the photos below. For comparison sake, we’ve included three images of the original Garcia in the album as well.
Yuri Liberzon, a good friend of GSI and wonderful guitarist, recently stopped by the showroom to record a couple new videos for us. We always love Yuri’s performances and are still digging his videos from last year of Vassiliev and Piazzolla. This year, he’s brought a couple of pieces by two of our favorite composers and laid them down on some really spectacular guitars. First, you will hear J.S. Bach’s gorgeous Adagio from the Violin Sonata in C major on a 2014 Antonio Marin Montero. The bright, clear spruce and amazing sustain of this instrument makes this the ideal guitar for playing works such as this, especially in the hands of a great player like Yuri!
This week, we have an extra special Coming Soon installment for you in that it features a budding YouTube star… Maria Conde! Maria was recently profiled in a beautiful mini-doc from Bloomberg’s MADE series which showcases “craftspeople and their premium wares, all made the hard way.” There certainly is nothing easy about making a guitar, and we are thrilled to see Maria’s work receiving the recognition it deserves.
“On the first day of Guitar-mas, my true love gave to me… a Torres?” While Guitar-mas isn’t a real holiday (yet), we’re celebrating the season this year by bringing you ‘The Twelve Days of Villa-Lobos!’ Each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be releasing a new etude, all played expertly – and in one sitting – by our good friend Tomasz Fechner.
Pepe is back this week with the music of a lesser known Barrios… Ángel! You may recognize these two lovely pieces from our last recording with Pepe on the amazing ‘1492 Granada Pine’ guitar built by our good friend Eddie Blochinger. This time, Pepe is playing one of his son’s instruments from 2012 with a stunning Spruce top and exotic CSA Rosewood back and sides. One of our favorite aesthetic aspects of this instrument is the mix of colors created from the different shades of wood and the subtle red purfling that decorates the edge of the top. As you will hear in a moment, it sounds pretty darn good as well!