Asturias by Isaac Albeniz

Asturias (Leyenda) is one of the most widespread compositions of the Spanish piano composer Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909). As expected, this masterpiece was originally written for piano (in G minor) and was named Leyenda by the composer, however the guitar transcription has known unprecedented worldwide acceptance and the name that prevailed after Albeniz’s death is Asturias. Walter Aaron Clark, Albeniz’s biographer, refered to the piece as “pure Andalusian flamenco”. Both sections of the piece are written in flamengo form with the main theme suggesting the rythm of buleria (fast flamengo form), while mimicing the thumb-fingers alternating technique of classical guitar.

The first publication of this piece was held in 1892, by Juan Bta. Pujol & Co. in Barcelona, while in 1911 it  was republished by the German publisher Hofmeister under the name Asturias (Leyenda) for the first time.It is assumed that Francisco Tárrega was the first guitar composer to transcribe the piece for classical guitar, however the most influential and famous transcription of Astrurias was held by the renowned Spanish virtuoso classical guitarist Andrés Segovia.
Although there are a lot of impeccable interpretations of Asturias available, we have to honor the establisher of guitar as a concert instrument, thus we picked an Andrés Segovia recording:

Asturias by Isaac Albeniz


Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla

Astor Piazzolla
Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (March/11/1921 – July/4/1992) was undoubtedly one of the leading contemporary composers regarding the repertoire of classical guitar, since a large part of his work has been transcribed for classical guitar. Piazzolla is considered the leading nuevo tango composer of the second half of the 20th century, distincted from the conventional tango by introducing jazz and baroque elements.
“Milonga Del Angel” is a proto-tango written for Alberto Rodriguez Muñoz’s 1962 stage play “Tango del Angel” along with another piece as an addition to an earlier tango that gave the play its name. It was released in the homonymous album in 1993. A great interpretation of “Milonga Del Angel”, was recorded for the album “Moonlight Guitar”, by the Greek classical guitarist Costas Cotsiolis. The arrangement is by Baltazar Benitez:

Another worth mentioning inspirational arrangement of “Milonga Del Angel” belongs to a Swedish classical guitarist, composer and music teacher, Per-Olov Kindgren. Watch his flawless performance: 

Milonga del Angel by Astor Piazzolla

Un Sueño en la Floresta performed by Kyuhee Park

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Enjoy the genious South Korean classical guitarist Kyuhee Park, making her wonderful 2009 Daniel Friedrich (France) guitar sing, while performing “Un Sueño en la Floresta”, one of the most touching, romantic compositions of the phenomenal Paraguayan guitarist and composer Agustín Barrios Mangoré. Music flows through her blessed fingers under intense emotion and spirit. The interpretation took place in her recital hosted by NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.
“Un Sueño en la Floresta” (translates: “A
Dream in the Forest”) also known as Souvenir d’un Reve was possibly written in 1917 and recorded on 1929 by Agustín Barrios Mangoré. In this classical masterpiece, Agustín Barrios Mangoré mixes his influences from the Paraguayan culture, with his revenence of Chopin. The innovation of the composer is the addition of non-tremolo sections, exhibiting the expressive potential of classical guitar through other techniques such as a guitar version of portamento (stinging downslides on certain notes), arpeggios, scales and chords. As for the tremolo section, it features an accompaniment in the lower strings under the tremolo melody. 
This composition written in G Major, consists of an introduction followed by 3 sections. “Un Sueño en la Floresta” is considered quite demanding, since Barrios implements technical difficulties such as virtuosic cadenza, voice complexity, extended left-hand stretches, quick position switching even in tremolo section and in high note frets (it even requires a twentieth fret – high C -, while the classical guitar is traditionally a nineteen-fret instrument. If the guitar lacks the 20th fret, then high A substitutes high C).

In addition to Kyuhee Park’s exceptional interpretation, we quote phenomenal interpretations from other renowned world class guitarists, performing “Un Sueño en la Floresta”. We could not omit artists such as John Williams, David Russel or Berta Rojas:

Un Sueño en la Floresta performed by Kyuhee Park

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