Category Archives: classical

Oscar Shumsky – Eugène Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin

Another solo violin masterpiece! Just as good as Andrew Manze playing Tartini, but in a totally different way. It gets back into a corner and stares you in the eye like it will kill you, and then it takes off … Continue reading

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Andrew Manze – Tartini: The Devil’s Sonata

There are very few solo violin recordings. Sometimes it seems as though guitars, banjos, basses, etc were all invented for the sole purpose of backing up the violin. This is of course not true, but it illustrates my point. Having … Continue reading

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Modern Mandolin Quartet – Modern Mandolin Quartet

I really ought to post more classical albums. There’s some really terrific stuff in that mega-genre, and while some of it is geared for pampered victorian prunes, plenty of it can be enjoyed by those with a flair for the … Continue reading

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Darol Anger & Mike Marshall

Yeah, you probably saw this post coming. It was only a matter of time before I posted these two alumns of the David Grisman Quintet. If there were ever two musicians destined to play together, it is Darol Anger and … Continue reading

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Jim Turner – The Well-Tempered Saw

“That’s beautiful!…Have you ever heard anything like that in your life? That is wonderful.” – Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show “Turner’s saw solo was brief, breathtaking, and the high point of the evening. This simple, flat piece of metal became, … Continue reading

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Pierre Laniau – Erik Satie: Pièces Pour Guitare

Erik Satie (1866-1925)The manFor some people, Erik Satie is known as an eccentric who gave his works odd titles that seem almost derisive and ridicolous: Chilled Pieces, Drivelling Preludes (for a Dog), Dried up Embryos … Many believe that this … Continue reading

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Los Romeros – Carmen & others

“The Royal Family of the Guitar” they’re called. The mighty Spanish family of classical guitar virtuosos, led by their fearless patriarch Celedonio Romero. He and his 3 boys, Pepe, Angel, and Celin rose to fame in the late ’50s or … Continue reading

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