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Check out the new video Eva Beneke has made of the piece Maria durch ein Dornwald ging from the Christmas CD In Dulci Jubilo that we recorded with Eva playing a gorgeous 1952 Hermann Hauser I. And if you love the piece you can also download the pdf directly from Eva’s site, where she also has a ton of other great arrangements and her own pieces, too.
As the primary performer on our acclaimed holiday album In Dulci Jubilo, Eva Beneke is by no means a stranger to the classical guitar, nor is she a stranger to GSI. We are honored to have had her record on some of the most astonishing instruments to ever pass through our showroom. Continue on to hear her story.
Our friend Eva Beneke was in Los Angeles for a concert and stopped by the showroom to help us show off a pretty spectacular guitar – Fritz Ober’s replica of Torres’ ‘La Leona’ (you can read more about the guitar here and see some photos, too). Eva played de Falla’s ‘Homenaje pour le tombeau de Debussy’ and we agreed that this was a particularly sweet and beautiful guitar.
Eva Beneke just taped an interview with Fred Child, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s Performance Today, and we’re all very excited to learn that the interview will be broadcast nationally on Christmas eve. In addition to the interview they will play a track or two from Eva’s new CD In Dulci Jubilo and well as live in-studio performances of Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen and Siciliana.
You can hear a live stream of the broadcast on Dec. 24 by clicking here (there will be some video, as well), and if you happen to be in the Twin Cities area you can tune in to 99.5 Classical MPR between 1 and 3pm, though they’ll be playing the CD throughout Christmas week.
We’re all very proud of Eva and the new CD, and we hope you’ll enjoy it throughout the holidays (and after, too).
In Dulci Jubilo is a gorgeous CD of traditional Christmas music that was the result of guitarist Eva Beneke falling in love with a 1952 Hauser I. With help from a great chamber ensemble and Maestro Scott Tennant, Eva recorded 14 tracks on one of the best sounding guitars we’ve heard from this legendary maker. We’ve written about the guitar and the sessions here and here. You can order your copies of In Dulci Jubilo here, and in the meantime here is the video that started this whole project rolling – Eva playing the 1952 Hauser I for the first time.
This past Monday Scott Tennant joined Eva Beneke to record some duets for her upcoming CD In Dulci Jubilo at the GSI showroom. This was the first of two such sessions, and they recorded arrangements by Eva and by Mark Small (an amazing arranger who, among many other things, arranged one of the songs on LAGQ’s Grammy winning Guitar Heroes album). Our photographer Felix Salazar took some great shots as always (including some with a funny filter that I just love) and I’ve included a little audio clip from the title track of the CD, In Dulci Jubilo, which is a traditional German Christmas song that dates back to the Middle Ages and which Eva sang in choir as a child – you can read more about it here, on the Wikipedia page. The piece is not properly mixed yet, so the finished product will sound even better than this, but we wanted to share a little bit of the fun of recording Eva and Scott.
We had a great session yesterday over at Apogee’s Berkeley St. Studios in Santa Monica with Eva Beneke recording an amazing 1952 Hauser I which I’ve written quite a bit about before. The project is Eva’s CD – In Dulci Jubilo: A Classical Guitar Christmas – that GSI is producing and which will feature Eva playing solo guitar, duos with Scott Tennant and chamber music featuring the ensemble we recorded yesterday: Lars Hoefs on cello; Phil Popham on English horn and oboe; and Moni Simeonov on violin.
Many well-known string players play instruments they don’t own. It’s not uncommon for collectors to lend 6- and 7-figure violins or cellos to virtuosos so they can be played and heard. In the guitar world this is not common. So when guitarist Eva Beneke did a video for us on a 1952 Hauser I (probably the last he ever built – check it out here), fell in love with the guitar, and asked if she could record on it, the answer was ‘probably not’. But then we thought there would be nothing to lose in asking the owner if he would make the guitar available for a recording.
And he agreed to do it. And from there everything just fell into place. A local customer who had just bought a guitar volunteered a gorgeous space to record in – a room built for a custom-made organ. Then the folks at Apogee electronics offered to lend us a Symphony I/O interface with their new preamps for location tracking. What more could we ask for?
Eva is finishing the doctoral exams at the moment, but we managed to spend a day in the room with the guitar and Apogee’s gear for testing, and as soon as Eva finishes her exams we will begin recording.
This is going to be fun. We’ll keep you posted.