Yisrael van Handel wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:38 pm
Special for Francisco (do not know who else would appreciate it).
To get back to the original poster's topic, I have a vested interest in the subject, because I am 68 and just beginning to develop as a guitarist and a musician. Of course, I am no where near my physical limits yet, but I hope to continue to progress well, as I enjoy the process very much.
As far as the "guitarist prime" I was thinking more of professional concert players, rather than us amateurs. For us, especially if we start rather late, some progress is possible into pretty old age if we are blessed with good health. And fun is possible until the very end, as Andrei points out. But I do think that for professional guitarists, the physical and memory demands of concert performance are such that age necessarily catches up with them at some point, and their playing suffers, and at that point many of them decide to stop giving concerts. Others continue until the very end, like Segovia, because even if they are fully aware that their playing is far from what it used to be, they probably think that stopping would be even worse, so they never stop.
Thank you very much for letting me discover this wonderful singer. I have been investigating and will probably order at least a CD called Funeral Ritual Music by Pavel Chesnokov - The Male Choir of St. Petersburg, where Mr Pasyukov sang. I generally think the guitar has the most beautiful sound of any musical instrument, but sometimes I think the human voice, especially in choirs and in resonant spaces like churches, can surpass it. I think Pavel Chesnokov is a hugely gifted composer, and the presence of those oktavists gives such a rich dimension to the whole thing.
But "sacred" music does not even have to be very complicated for me to like it. I spent a good amount of time searching for a CD that I bought almost 20 years ago, until I finally located it in a disorderly pile. It is a Missa Defunctorum (Mass for the Dead) recorded in 1959 at the Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos. The product code number is 641359100821 and it will come right up if you enter that number on a google search. The monk who sings this mass is Father Pedro Alonso Alonso, who became Abbot two years later, in 1961. The list of abbots in that place goes back more than 1000 years, and they've been singing since who knows when https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Aba ... o_de_Silos
This man did not have a potent voice, in fact he had an almost broken voice, but somehow it sounds wonderful, intoning the service. He was about 40 years of age when he sang this mass in 1959...
well, between this and some videos of the choirs where Vladimir Pasyukov sang, I've been listening to quite a bit of this kind of music, sometimes through the sound system, the better to feel the deep voices, until my family asked me to stop because they find it depressing, while I usually find it uplifting.