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Andrew Blanch CD – Spanish Guitar Music

Spanish Guitar Music Cover9/10 Artistic Quality, 9/10 Sound Quality
“Andrew Blanch is the real deal… …anyone looking for an extremely enjoyable Spanish guitar collection could hardly ask for more.”  – David Hurwitz, Executive Editor of

The beginning of 2016 marks the release of Andrew Blanch‘s anticipated debut solo CD, Spanish Guitar Music.  At 17 tracks long, this collection features mainstays of the Spanish repertoire such as Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Sevilla placed among lesser-known works often overlooked in the programming of a Spanish collection.

It was in the 1960’s Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco completed his formidable set of 24 pieces, the Caprichos de Goya, each Capricho written to an artwork of the same name by Spanish artist Francisco Goya.  Andres Segovia urged that these Caprichos promised to be “the most original and the most important works in the history of the guitar”.  We are not sure if Segovia ever performed these pieces, but they quickly fell into obscurity with not one major classical guitarist of the 20th century recording a single Capricho.  In more recent times there has been a surge of interest in these mysterious works, no doubt sparked by Zoran Dukic’s 2009 release on the Naxos label.

Much of the music by early 20th century Spanish guitarist Miguel Llobet has also found itself falling short of the limelight.  A student of Francisco Tarrega and (if only for a short time) teacher to Andres Segovia, chronologically speaking Llobet is sandwiched between two of the greatest and most influential Spanish guitarists of all time.  Any obscurity this fact contributes to the discovery of his music is a real pity.  Miguel Llobet was not only an astounding virtuoso, but also possessed an unusual gift for finding among the most beautiful colours and textures the instrument has to offer.

These two composers between them comprise 7 tracks of the album.  Other featured composers include:  Manuel de Falla, Francisco Tarrega, Isaac Albeniz, Joaquin Turina and Domenico Scarlatti.

Spanish Guitar Music has been met with critical acclaim receiving positive reviews from Nicole Rogers at her guitar blog ClassicalGuitarnStuff, and David Hurwitz from

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