I saw the video a while back. Parkening is not so well known in the UK, in fact I only heard him for the first time recently, and I'm 57 years old. I do remember being a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama at a time when there seemed this great rush to get the guitar as close to a piano sound as possible. It was in the teaching, in the magazines, luthiers were going for a more even sound across the range, with less warmth but more clarity. I got sucked up into that, especially in my arranging of Albeniz and others. Eventually I found myself listening less to guitar players, which was OK as I was still into music, but inevitably I began to lose touch with what attracted me to the instrument in the first place. I eventually gave up, and spent twenty years as a lute player.
When I returned to the guitar, the world had changed, especially luthiery, with nomex, double tops, etc. Lute playing had given me an appreciation of tone over volume, and the touch of flesh on the string. I also returned to the sound and playing of what had attracted me to the classical guitar decades before. Now I'm playing guitars based on Torres and Manuel Ramirez, with gut and silk strings, no nails, playing arrangements and compositions that were never aimed at that piano sound, but which aimed to reveal the beautiful intimacy of the guitar.
Yesterday I watched that film of Segovia at Los Olivos, his home near Granada. When he played two pieces by Bach, a sarabande and a gavotte from different suites, I suddenly realised I had a big grin on my face. It was so beautiful. Through 20 years of lute playing and for at least five years before that as a guitarist, I hadn't smiled that much at a Bach performance. Here was someone saying: I am playing a guitar, not a lute or a piano, but a guitar, and this is what it can do.
So, I feel I've come full circle, back to the source. But I don't imitate Segovia, or anyone else, at least I'm not aware of doing so. But I know that there is something Segovia was tapped into, a deep well, that I'm trying to drink from as well. Thankfully I am not alone!