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We are so happy to announce that The Sound Of Torres, the new CD we produced with the great guitarist George Sakellariou, is now available! The CD features George playing two different guitars by Antonio de Torres, a First Epoch guitar from 1862 and a Second Epoch one from 1888. It’s a pretty amazing chance to hear these amazing instruments played by someone able to bring out all of their beauty and we are very pleased indeed with the result. The repertoire George chose spans from Bach to the Rolling Stones (George’s great arrangement of Paint It Black) and also includes works by Sor, Satie, Ponce, Fleury, Piazzolla, Carlevaro, Pujol and Mikis Theodorakis. You can buy the CD here, or you can download or stream the CD at Amazon, Spotify, or just about anywhere you listen to music.
For more information about the guitars themselves check out the liner notes by GSI president David Collett:
We are very pleased to announce that just in time for the 200th anniversary of Torres birth in 1817 we will be publishing a CD of George Sakellariou playing two very special Torres guitars – an 1862 First-epoch and an 1888 Second-epoch. We consider it our mission to share the sound of these historic guitars with the world, so we were thrilled when we were able to borrow back two of the best sounding Torres guitars we had ever sold to record a full-length CD with George, one of the most sensitive and accomplished players to have recorded videos with us.
George Sakellriou‘s video of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor’ (BWV 565) is one of our most popular ever, and people have been asking for the score since day one. Now you can buy the score of Lawrence Long’s transcription as revised by George. In the video George plays a 2013 Annette Stephany, and we happen to have a brand new 2015 Annette Stephany which just arrived.
Here’s our good friend George Sakellariou playing a great 1970 Miguel Rodriguez that belonged to Pepe Romero Jr. It’s a particularly interesting guitar in that it uses a ‘reverse’ fan system of bracing. Since acquiring this guitar Pepe has used this bracing in all of his guitars. George plays Bach’s Air on a G String and 3 studies by Fernando Sor – numbers 22 and 23 from Opus 60 and number 18 from another Opus (if you know which please tell us!).
A few months ago George Sakellariou recorded this great Napoleon Coste etude on a 2004 Robert Ruck. George had just received a new guitar for himself from Ruck at the time, which he is using currently to record his new CD, and this 1998 cedar-top sounded perfect for a wonderful Coste etude, No. 20, Opus 38, which isn’t heard so often.
Here’s the amazing George Sakellariou playing Tarrega’s Gran Vals on that great 1862 Torres. For those of you unfamiliar with Antonio de Torres, he’s considered the father of the modern guitar and, like Stradivarius violins, Torres guitars are still considered by many to be the standard that any guitar aspires to.