A short history of the guitar in the 19th century performed on original instruments, Serenade rediscovers a host of authentic compositions and arrangements from an era that is now considered a turning point in the guitars developmental history. As well as original works by Francisco Tárrega and Niccolo Paganini, the disc includes two fascinating authentic arrangements of Schubert Lieder by players of the era – Tárrega and Johann Kaspar Mertz.
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A disc of works marking the 2001 centenary of the birth of Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999), acknowledged as one of the great Spanish composers of the 20th century who extended the romantic impressionist tradition of Albéniz, Granados, and Falla. Tom Kerstens performs some of the best of his guitar works alongside the premiere recordings of commemorative commissions by Errollyn Wallen, Howard Skempton and Edward McGuire.
A fascinating juxtaposition of works, Tom Kerstens' danza! combines charming 19th-century works with new commissions for IGF, all centred around the concept of the dance miniature. Pieces by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Falla and Tárrega and joined by new works from Howard Skempton, Philip Cashian, Alastair King, Edward McGuire, Graham Fitkin and Errollyn Wallen.
The first in our series of albums of new works for guitar, commissioned by the IGF and performed by Tom Kerstens for BGS. This disc includes works by Graham Fitkin, Joby Talbot, Edward McGuire, Howard Skempton, Bruce MacCombie and Kevin Volans.
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Following his first volume of new guitar music Standing Wave, Black Venus is Tom Kersten's second volume of new comissions for solo guitar, including works by Giles Swayne, Errollyn Wallen, Howard Skempton, Terry Riley, Leo Brouwer, Philip Cashian, Toru Takemitsu and Gordon McPherson.
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Tom Kersten's celebrates the music of the iconic Spanish composer Enrique Granados. This collection of works (transcribed by Kerstens) draws on some of the composers most loved works, including the Valses Politicos, Cuentos de la Juventud and Danzas Españolas. Kerstens performs the pieces using a copy of a period 1888 Torres guitar, adding a unique character to the sound that relates these arrangements more characteristically to the time in which they were created. View pdf of cd booklet
IGNiTE is a unique and important release for the future of guitar music. All tracks offer great new guitar music, all especially commissioned by IGF’s Artistic Director Tom Kerstens. Tom’s G Plus Ensemble is dedicated to performing new music, its line-up of two guitars, strings and percussion, often using electronic effects, produces a ravishing and innovative sound. The new album presents new work by today’s most prestigious contemporary composers working in the UK such as Max Richter, Gabriel Jackson, Howard Skempton, Anna Meredith and John Metcalfe.