Here’s more of Peter Fletcher, this time playing the Gavotte from Bach’s Lute Suite #3 on a beautiful 1995 Hermann Hauser III (EX Jonathan Kellerman), Miguel Llobet’s Testament D’Amelia on a new Jose Ramirez Guitarra Del Tiempo, Isaac Albeniz’ Asturias on a 2013 Woonsun Lee, and Asturias and Segovia’s Oración on a 2006 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez ‘Negra’ (another example of great guitars being capable of handling classical or flamenco).
We have some more great videos of Grisha playing some fantastic flamencos, including a 1967 Marcelo Barbero Hijo (not even a flamenco, but a great example of how a good guitar is a good guitar), a 2016 Jesus de Jimenez in spruce and Bolivian rosewood, a 2016 Jeronimo Perez in cedar and pau ferro, a G. V. Rubio ‘1951 Barbero Ex Sabicas’ model blanca, and a 1973 Gerundino Fernandez in cedar and spruce.
We have photos of the ‘Hommage a Daniel Friederich’ model guitar coming to us from Canadian luthier Michel Belair – a beautiful cedar and Indian rosewood guitar based on a 1999 Friederich that Belair owns and about which he has Friederich’s notes. We recently had another of Belair’s ‘Friederich’ guitars in the shop and recorded Russian guitarist Vladimir Gapontsev playing Scarlatti’s Sonata k209 on that one (see below). The guitar is in the final stages of French polish at the moment and should ship to us some time in Febrary. You can see the guitar that Vladimir played here.
Here’s more of our friend Peter Fletcher playing some really interesting guitars for us, including a 2013 Paolo Coriani ‘Manuel Ramirez’ in spruce and CSA rosewood, a 2014 Antonio Raya Pardo ‘Torres’ in maple and spruce, a 2013 Woonsun Lee in spruce and Indian rosewood, a 2004 Kevin Aram ‘Dylann’ in cedar and Indian, and a great new Federico Sheppard ‘Camino’ in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Today’s repertoire tutorial, coming to us via EliteGuitarist, is for Un Dia Noviembre by Leo Brouwer. This is a melancholic piece that conquers listeners with its simplicity and elegance. Its catchy melodic lines and the interplay of the minor and major keys bring about an introspective and contemplative musical effect. You can watch the rest of the detailed tutorial here. Ines plays a beautiful 2017 Masaki Sakurai ‘PC’ in cedar and CSA rosewood. For online classical guitar lessons and many other repertoire tutorials visit www.EliteGuitarist.com.
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year:
Olivia Chiang was back at GSI – she’s 17 now and has been coming in to shoot videos since she was 12, making her a very young old friend of ours by now. This time she played Andrew York’s Home on a 2014 Fritz Ober, La Despedida by Juan A Rodriguez on a 2017 Kenneth Brogger and the Gigue from Bach’s Lute Suite in E Minor on a 2017 Dominik Wurth ‘Torres’.
We have photos of the latest guitar being made for GSI by German luthier Sebastian Stenzel – a stunning spruce and walnut classical that’s in the final stages of French polish at the moment. Sebastian had this to say about the guitar:
“I had chosen this amazing walnut for GSI because of this nice aspect of coming home: the Claro walnut is endemic to California and Oregon only, to the best of my knowledge. The center piece of the back and the binding are of quilted hard maple, also from the US, of course. Come to think of it, such a guitar is actually a quite international affair: spruce from Austria, Spanish cedar from South America, strings from France, tuners from Italy, Bone from Mongolia, shellac from India…”
We have photos of the next guitar on its ay to us from German luthier Annette Stephany – a beautiful classical in spruce and cypress with pegs. Stephany says that the model is inspired by the 1910 Manuel Ramirez that has inspired her before, and while it is a classical guitar it is lightweight like a flamenco. The guitar is finished and should be on its way to us any day now.