J.S. Bach

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Ernesto Tamayo Plays Bach

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ernesto Tamayo
Individual Works:Transcriptions for guitar:

Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor, BWV 1003
Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in D major, BWV 998
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E minor, BWV 1034

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:La Bella
Catalog Number:CD 5 0001 2
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:52:09
Related Web Site:http://www.unpronounceable.com/ernesto/
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

An outstanding debut from 25 year-old Cuban guitarist, Ernesto Tamayo.

It is always a joy to hear familiar Bach works transcribed for guitar. These works for violin and flute are familiar to all of us. But Ernesto gives us much more, he puts a lot of himself into his interpretation. He is both technically skilled and exceptionally expressive.

The guitar is recorded very close, with minimal reverb. This gentle sound gives Ernesto's performance exceptional warmth and intimacy. It's a recording to listen to again and again, more details reveal themselves each time. His performance is one of the most sensitive and delicate I've heard. This really sets his apart from other recordings which I find very appealing. His technique is flawless, difficult passages flow past with ease, his dynamic variation is lovely and his counterpoint perfectly balanced.

I enjoyed this recording tremendously; Ernesto is an extraordinary guitarist. There is musical sensitivity here that is impressive from such a young performer. He is well on his way to an important career and, hopefully, many recordings.

More information and RealAudio from Ernesto's cd is here: http://www.unpronounceable.com/ernesto/.
Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:08/07/1998