My copy arrived in today's mail, and here's quick review of it.
1. Applause (0'31")
2. BACH: Gavottes I & II, BWV 1012 (4'23")
3. RAMEAU: Minuet (3'49")
4. SOR: Grand Solo, Op. 14 (7'02")
5. VILLA-LOBOS: Prelude #3 (4'59")
6. GRANADOS: Danza Española #10 (4'38")
7. ALARD-TARREGA: Estudio brillante (2'23")
8. ALBENIZ: Torre Bermeja (4'20")
9. GOMEZ CRESPO: Norteña (3'41")
10. VILLA-LOBOS: Etude #1 and ending statement in Japanese by Segovia (2'33)
First observation is, this is a very short programme. Total disc running time is 38'19", and that is somewhat misleading as every track has at least 15 seconds of dead air time and applause. So maybe 35 minutes of music itself. It's also a quirky programme, beginning with Bach rather than with vihuela or lute music. So I tend to think this is probably a case of "excerpted highlights" versus a complete concert presentation. The CD booklet is entirely in Japanese, so there may be an explanation written in there, which I cannot read.
The recording quality itself is quite good, his playing is picked up quite clearly and the harmonics in "Torre Bermeja" and "Norteña" come through crisply. He slightly changes a couple of the chords in the latter piece from what is on the LP version; whether this was intentional or a well-concealed error of the moment is impossible to know.
Segovia's playing is, well, Segovia. Obviously an unedited live concert, and a small few blemishes along the way. The use of dynamics and coloration is what you'd expect. Some of the fast arpeggios in the Sor or Albeniz works are slightly ragged, but this is from the vantage point of some 58 years later, and with ears which are accustomed to the flawless technical perfection of younger players. Suffice to say that, pedantry aside, the majority of the playing is impeccable and brilliantly executed.
Overall a very good CD, and nice to know that there are undiscovered Segovia performances out there still.
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