David Russell

Classical guitarist David Russell on stage at Teatro Principal in Mao, Menorca
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The Romeros, the "Royal Family of the Guitar," have collectively and individually recorded much of the Spanish guitar literature, but they have also delved into related music as well.  They recorded an overture to a zarzuela, La Revoltosa (The Mischievous One) from 1897 by Ruperto Chapi.

Classical guitarist David Russell on stage at Teatro Principal in Mao, Menorca
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I bet some of us, if we think of Brazil these days, are thinking either of escaping to the warmer weather or the coming Summer Olympics.  

But think, Brazil and Bach.  Between 1930 and 1945, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote nine suites he collectively called Bachianas Brasilieras, marrying the spirit of Brazilian folk and popular music with the harmonic and contrapuntal complexity of the European Baroque, particularly as exemplified by Johan Sebastian Bach.

"Memories of the Alhambra" with Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Jan 7, 2016

Spanish composer-guitarist Francisco Tarrega's masterful Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra), written in 1896, evokes an even earlier bygone Romantic era of Spain.

Classical guitarist David Russell on stage at Teatro Principal in Mao, Menorca
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David Russell will be the soloist for the ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez of Joaquin Rodrigo with the Naples Philharmonic conducted by Erich Kunzel on the next Fretworks.