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February 2, 2017

Irina Kulikova – Chopin (Segovia Ramirez)

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Irina Kulikova was curious to play the 1969 Jose Ramirez that had belonged to Andres Segovia (from the Cleveland Collection) and we were more than happy to oblige! Here she is playing Chopin’s Vals No. 7 on this historic guitar – it’s a stunning performance that really brings out the elegance that can be coaxed from this guitar.

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Beautiful, fantastic, lovely Chopin played as if composed for the guitar by a real Maestra.

Also this recording proving that there is nothing wrong with an “old fashioned” guitar, like her the Ramirez, showing wonderful voices, timbre, balance, perfect combination of power and sound, that is: when in good hands! Hearing this Ramirez i realy ask myself why allthe fuzz about double topping guitars and all the efforts to improve the concept of guitarbuilding. Many times modern guitars bringing far too much power, specially in low register, missing personal voice and fine balance. Guitarbuilding was already perfect in Ramirez’time.

This, dear friends of the guitar, is POETIC plying. Why? it deeply touch you emotionally, like a good poem always does. Notice also her serenity while plying: no theatrical face convolutions that so many professional guitarist do while plying believing that doing it increases the effect of the music. Not so. What it does is exactly the contrary: it distracts the listeners because the player is trying to attract the attention to her or himself and not to the music. ¬°Bravo, Irina!!

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