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.
Recorded when she was just 15, this disc marks the debut recording of the internationally renowned guitarist Ana Vidovic – recorded at the prodigious age of 15 following her win at the first Albert Augustine Memorial International Guitar Competition.
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Allan Neave, a figurehead in British guitar music and Head of Guitar Studies at the RSAMD in Glasgow performs a collection of 20th-century works by Scottish composers for the guitar, featuring works by Edward McGuire, Alasdair Nicolson, Thomas Wilson, Gordon McPherson and Peter Maxwell Davies.
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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.
The late Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013) was a unique compositional voice in Britain's musical landscape who created a prolific output of work across a variety of genres. This collection marks a longstanding collaborative engagement between duo and composer, including Dodgson's first work for guitar duo (of which Eden-Stell gave the premiere UK performance), and highlighted by the 1998 'Concertino for Two Guitars and Strings' ? commissioned by Eden Stell. The disc also includes performances from Helen Sanderson, and 'Orchestra Nova' conducted by George Vass.
The debut release from the Appassionata Guitar Trio (Rebecca Baulch, Amanda Cook and Hayley Savage), with an exhilarating collection of premiere recordings of trio works commissioned by the IGF. Includes works by Bruce MacCombie, Ned Bennett, Paulo Bellinati, Benjamin Vedery and Gary Ryan.
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.
Eden Stell evoke vivid imagery and landscapes through a programme of contemporary works for guitar duo, combining original works and new transcriptions from composers including Stephen Dodgson, Michael Ball, Herbert Howells, Peter Maxwell Davies, Gary Ryan and Lennon & McCartney.
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.
Eden-Stell continue to champion new works for guitar duo with this programme of recent works by Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin, Leo Brouwer and Dusan Bogdanovic.
The debut recording from the celebrated VIDA Guitar Quartet, comprising Mark Ashford, Mark Eden, Helen Sanderson and Christopher Stell. Their Andalucian-flavoured debut combines arrangements of Falla's El amor brujo (Love, the Magician), El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Turina's La oraci?n del torero (Prayer of the bullfighter) and Bizet's Carmen Suite.
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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.
The follow-up disc to Nigel's Gramophone Award-nominated debut recording, incorporating middle-period pieces from Weiss's career as he took up a position in the court of Dresden. Nigel North is one of Britain's best-known and loved musicians, appointed Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the age of just 21. North combines a historically-informed approach with his own natural musicality to create trully spellbinding performances.
VIDA's ability to "conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects" (Classic FM) combined with their "exquisite tonal and dynamic control" has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with "vitality and spontaneity" (Acoustic). Rhapsody is a collection of new works and arrangements by the world-class VIDA Guitar Quartet. The pieces are united by a theme of dance music as interpreted by different classical composers, covering the swing-band dance music of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Malcolm Arnold's English Dances, Gaelic folk- melodies in David Crittenden's A Scottish Fantasy, and the Klezmer rhythms of traditional Yiddish communities in Adam Gorb's Yiddish Dances.
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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
The first release in Nigel North's new series for BGS of the works of the master 18th-century lutenist Sylvius Leopold Weiss. Nigel North is one of Britain's best-known and loved musicians, appointed Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the age of just 21. North combines a historically-informed approach with his own natural musicality to create trully spellbinding performances.
In 2013/14 the Tetra Guitar Quartet celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark this landmark in the ensemble’s history they are releasing a new CD, commissioning several new pieces, and offering a range of anniversary programmes.
World-renowned lutenist Nigel North begins a new series of recordings with BGS exploring the lute works of il Divino, the nickname of Francesco Canova da Milano (1497-1543).
The Eden Stell Guitar Duo return to disc on BGS with an exhilarating album of Brazilian Guitar Duo Music by Villa-Lobos, Assad, Gnattali & Bellinati.
Nigel North continues his series of iconic lute recordings on BGS Records with the third volume in his series of works by Sylvius Leopold Weiss. Galanterie charts music for 13-course lute thought to have been composed between 1720 and 1730, whilst Weiss was employed as a royal chamber musician for the Elector August II of Saxony.
VIDA Guitar Quartet return to disc on BGS Records with a new CD of quintessentially British music composed and arranged for Guitar Quartet. Featuring works by iconic composers including Britten, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, 'The Leaves Be Green' blends folk melodies and much-loved compositions in a collection of never-before heard arrangements for guitar quartet, featuring several world-premiere recordings. It also features original compositions for quartet by composers Stephen Dodgson and Timothy Bowers.
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.
The VIDA Guitar Quartet are delighted to announce the release of their new recording on BGS Records called Bachianas which features the music of Bach as well as music inspired by Bach, including two new pieces especially commissioned for this project. Presented as a kind of theme and variations on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (in a stunning new arrangement for four guitars by Mark Eden) the programme presents music that takes its influence from Bach by composers such as Felix Mendelssohn and Heitor Villa Lobos. Also included are new works by Howard Skempton, who celebrated his 70th birthday this autumn, and talented young composer Laura Snowden. This promises to be the most exciting recording to date from the VIDA Guitar Quartet! Here is a behind the scene peek at the recording of Laura’s Bach inspired piece called ‘Light Perpetuum’ with amazing Soprano Saxophonist Amy Green …
The lute music of il Divino Francesco Canova da Milano (1497 - 1543), Vol. 2 For lute and viola da mano
New CD from the Eden Stell Guitar Duo of the complete Cançons I Danses by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou.