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When Tavi Jinariu told us he wanted to wanted to record a few movements of Torroba’s Castles of Spain we took it as a challenge to assemble some amazing mid-century Spanish guitars for the recordings. In the end we chose a few guitars that were made early in the 20th Century and even one, the Moya, made in the late 19th Century, but they all represent the Spanish tradition and are great examples of the work of these luthiers. The guitars include the 1896 Hijos de Melchor de Moya, a 1958 Ignacio Fleta, a 1925 Santos Hernandez, a 1929 Francisco Simplicio, and a 1949 Jose Ramirez II.
Tavi chose these five movements as representative of the range of Torroba’s collection, and Segovia customarily played 8 (of the 14 total) of them in concert. Tavi will play the 8 that Segovia played on his upcoming CD. Here are a few words from Tavi about the piece:
Here’s Tavi Jinariu playing Isaac Albeniz’ Granada on a fantastic 1926 Domingo Esteso. Esteso (who was the uncle of the original Hermanos Conde), along with Santos Hernandez, is considered one of the greatest of the Spanish mid-century builders and this guitar is a very good example of why that is. Tavi is a master of the Spanish repertoire and it’s great to hear him play this classic on a guitar like this.
Here’s Tavi Jinariu playing another guitar from the Russell Cleveland collection – a fantastic 1988 Hermann Hauser III cedar and CSA rosewood guitar that is in immaculate condition and sounds just as a Hauser should. Tavi plays the Tarrega classics Adelita and Lagrima, bringing out the beauty in these deceptively simple pieces.
Here’s Tavi Jinariu playing Francisco Tarrega’s Capricho Arabe on the 1969 Jose Ramirez guitar that Andres Segovia played from 1969 through 1980 – a stunning guitar by any measure and Tavi does it full justice with his beautiful interpretation of this great piece from Segovia’s repertoire.
Here’s Tavi Jinariu playing Andrew York’s Lament on an absolutely amazing 1947 Hermann Hauser I. This guitar is about as close to the ideal of the Hauser I as we’ve heard or seen, it happens to be in absolutely fantastic original condition, and Tavi does an amazing job of coaxing these qualities out of this historic guitar.
Our good friend Tavi Jinariu suggested recording the six movements of Robert de Viseé’s Suite in D Minor on six different guitars, and it worked out that we had six amazing German guitars – new guitars from Fritz Ober, Tobias Braun and Sebastian Stenzel, and three Hausers: a 1986 Hauser III; an amazing 1947 Hauser I; and a rare very early Hauser I from 1925.