Stephen Kenyon wrote:If forced to come down one side or the other I'd have to say no it doesn't sound authentic.
Although I've been aware of the work for some time I have only just got around to listening to this - my immediate impression is that it is not the work of Tárrega. If I had to make a guess I would suggest that it has many of the characteristics of Arcas' writing when in folkloric mode.
The recording is (to be polite) less than sensitive to the music - almost trying too hard to give a flavour of Tárrega rather than letting the work speak for itself.
amade wrote:The title page clearly states the piece is by Tárrega.
This indicates so very little.
As we know, lots of pieces were erroneously attributed to Tárrega through copying - not least by his close associates and pupils. One such, the "Gran Jota" referenced as a Tárrega composition in the original article, is clearly copied from Arcas which blatant disregard by the author immediately raises one's suspicions over the critical rigour brought to bear on the musical (as opposed to biographical) investigation.
No doubt the process towards publication will, nevertheless, unearth interesting and useful information - I'm certainly looking forward to receiving, reading and playing it.
amade wrote:Studies have demonstrated that negative aesthetic judgments are often rendered for pieces with uncertain attribution. The judgments change once a piece becomes authenticated. And vice-versa.
I try not to be unduly influenced by such matters. After all, "official" judgements (negative or positive) by even the supposed most worthy are sometimes applied according to criteria beyond the mere academic.